‘First, do no harm.’
This creed has echoed throughout history. However, a look back in time reveals treatments that appear to go against this oath. Some of these are stuck in the past or have influenced how we use medicine now. However, others are still used today!
We’ve taken a closer look at 12 health treatments over history that are largely unconventional by today’s medical standards.
Based on our research, we’ve ranked these treatments on a scoring system that measures how effective, safe and prominent they appear to be – and if they’ve evolved into what we rely on today in a modern setting.
The higher the score, the more unconventional we deem the treatment overall (just wait until you see number 12).
If you’re eating, put down the sandwich. If you’ve eaten, well… happy reading!
Below is how we scored our list of unconventional treatments. Keep in mind that we’ve based all our scores on the research we conducted. As such, each score should not be taken as a complete representation of the treatments.