Will The Real Alternative Medicine Please Stand Up (Part 1)

By cherylfrey | About

Jan 04


This is the first in a series of articles about the history of healthcare.

Since I began looking for more natural ways to take care of my family's health over 18 years ago I have heard the term "alternative health". I assumed it was because natural healthcare was an "alternative" to the medicine offered by the medical community. However, the more I study the history of health care the more I am convinced that the true "alternative medicine" is actually what we call Modern Medicine. As you will see in this series natural health has been the norm for nearly 6000 years. It is "Modern Medicine" that is the new kid on the block.

In this first part on the history of health I would like to talk about the ancient Egyptians. One important thing to note about the ancient civilizations is that medicine and religion were very closely intertwined. A lot of times illness was thought to be a punishment from the gods who were very moody and punished people with different things. As much as we may want to laugh and make fun of this we also need to admire the depth of their understanding of the human body and disease.

The Ebers Papyrus, which is reportedly written by Imhotep, is the oldest known medical text. These texts prove an in depth understanding of the human body, anatomy and fairly advanced medical science.

Some of their beliefs on causes of illness include dietary imprudence, drunkenness, worms, gastrointestinal issues, and the occult. They recognized several modern day cardiac issues such as angina, arrythmia, congestive heart failure, and aneurysm. They gave detailed description of many other of our modern day ailments like depression, diabetes, and even cancer. Some of their most popular remedies included cumin, cassia, olive oil, myrrh, and peppermint.

In the next article I will discuss health and medicine of the Greeks and Romans.

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About the Author

My passion is to help others achieve optimal wellness by sharing evidence-based information. I have a Masters Degree in Health Education as well as a degree in Dietary Supplement Science. I share what the research says not what is the current fad, so that you can make informed choices about your health.