• I'm very interested in hearing from some experts on this. General wisdom would have to tell you that they were pretty good b/c many got well and they all did not die from sickness.
  • "Physical medicines such as herbs were mostly expected to assuage the pain only, while magic effected the cure. A section in the Papyrus Ebers is about charms and invocations used to encourage healing. One spell, recited before taking an herbal remedy, reads as follows: "Come Remedy! Come thou who expellest (evil) things in this my stomach and in these my limbs!" The wording of these spells is often followed by a recommendation, such as: "Truly excellent. Millions of times." Not all of Egyptian medicine was based on wishful thinking (moreover we should never disregard the effect faith can have on our health), much was the result of experimentation and observation. "Magic is effective together with medicine. Medicine is effective together with magic." From the Ebers papyrus Apart from spiritual healing, they practised various methods of color healing, massage "Examination of a woman aching in her legs and her calves after walking You should say of it 'it is discharges of the womb'. You should treat it with a massage of her legs and calves with mud until she is well" Kahun Medical Papyrus and surgery as well, and made extensive use of therapeutic herbs and foods. According to Herodotus there was a high degree of specialization among physicians: "The practice of medicine is very specialized among them. Each physician treats just one disease. The country is full of physicians, some treat the eye, some the teeth, some of what belongs to the abdomen, and others internal diseases." Herodotus, Histories 2,84" " Herbs played a major part in Egyptian medicine. The plant medicines mentioned in the Ebers papyrus for instance include opium, cannabis, myrrh, frankincense, fennel, cassia, senna, thyme, henna, juniper, aloe, linseed and castor oil - though some of the translations are less than certain. Cloves of garlic have been found in Egyptian burial sites, including the tomb of Tutankhamen and in the sacred underground temple of the bulls at Saqqara. Egyptians thought garlic and onions aided endurance, and consumed large quantities of them." Source and further information:"ancient+egypt"+herbs%23&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk
  • I wouldn’t know, wasn’t there.
  • They were very effective indeed

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