Index: Nutrition & Medicine

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  • 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

    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.