Index: Nutrition & Medicine
- Ancient Aztec Nutrition
Ancient Aztec nutrition revolved heavily around corn and maize, complimented with vegetables and a lot of salt and chili pepper. Insects, too.
- Ancient Babylonian Medicine
Ancient Babylonian medicine revolved heavily around magic and incantations with little scientific process aside from diagnoses and prognoses.
- Ancient Egyptian Medicine
Ancient Egyptian medicine and healthcare was a dance between science and magic. Wound care, herbalism, and prayers all played a role in healing.
- Ancient Egyptian Nutrition
Ancient Egyptian nutrition centered around bread, beer, and vegetables. Abundance of barley led to a diet heavy with all kinds of bread and nutritional beer.
- Ancient Greek Medicine
Ancient Greek medicine paved the way for Western healthcare practices, growing from prayers to the gods to precise diagnoses and prescriptions.
- Ancient Greek Nutrition
Ancient Greek nutrition closely matched modern recommendations with regard to intake of each food group – a diet rich in natural foods.
- Ancient Persian Nutrition
Ancient Persian nutrition – herby rice loaded with vegetables and lamb, bread flavored with milk or herbs, and sweet fruit and wine for dessert.
- Ancient Roman Nutrition
Ancient Roman nutrition among the upper class was fairly poor. Senaca reported the upper classes made themselves vomit at feasts for room to eat more.
Bloodletting covers a broad stretch of history, notably from ancient Greece (and not ancient Egypt) into 19th century Western culture.
- Cold Injury Treatise
Cold Injury Treatise is one of the oldest and most complete Chinese medical textbooks available today, listing 398 entires and 113 prescriptions.
- Compendium of Materia Medica
The Compendium of Materia Medica is considered the most influential ancient herbal text in the Traditional Chinese Medicine community.
- Health and Medical Symbols
Medical symbols throughout the history of humankind have often featured serpents. More abstract symbols, such as the red cross, are newer.
- Herbal Classic of Shen Nong
The Herbal Classic of Shen Nong is an ancient Chinese medical text, listing 365 substances with their descriptions and medicinal uses.
- Medieval European Nutrition
Medieval European nutrition consisted of a ton of cereals, a lot of veggies, and a modest amount of meat. Due to Catholic beliefs, fish was very popular as well.
- Medieval Irish Nutrition
Medieval Irish nutrition was made up primarily of dairy, meat, and grains. This diet was heavy with hearty stew and thickened milk.
- Native American Medicine
Native American medicine and healthcare was centered around balance in every aspect of life – physical, spiritual, mental, and environmental.
- Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments
Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments is an ancient Chinese medical text detailing 283 prescriptions for various ailments, including ulcers and poisoning.
- Rx, Prescription Symbol Origin
Rx, or ℞, is the symbol for prescriptions, used both in modern times and centuries past. The three theories as to its origins are detailed here.