Certain medical approaches that were around in centuries past have been abandoned as modern technology identified them as useless. This ancient medieval recipe to destroy bacterial infections, however, may still have some use even in today’s modern medical remedies.
The recipe called for cropleek and garlic of equal measure, pounded together and mixed with wine and bullocks gall. It should then be left to age for nine days in a brass container. When recreated today, the mixture seems to stop infections caused by bacteria, usually responsible for styes or infected eyelash follicles.
When recreated completely, the ingredients are found to kill bacteria when in a petri dish, but the effect on bacteria causing infection for a human is as yet unknown. The drug has to be crafted in exact recreation of a specific formula or recipe in order to kill the bacteria.
Remedy is Hard to Emulate
Authentic ingredients for this particular recipe are hard to find, because they are plants that may drastically differ from those that were grown in the time of ancient England. This is even true of wine, although an organic variety from a historic vineyard fit the bill for this recreation. Meanwhile, the use of brass vessels is a challenge, as they are difficult to sterilize. Instead, the experimenters used glass bottles with a small sheet of brass immersed in the mixture. When applied to soil bacteria after a period of nine days, the mixture did kill the bacteria. The effect can be considered comparable to the drug Vancomycin, which is used to cure MRSA (aka the hospital superbug).
The Mystery Remains
The success of the mixture only occurred when it included all the ingredients and was left to age the recommended amount of time. This makes it hard to pinpoint the reason for the success at killing bacteria. If the ingredients are off just slightly, the result after aging is slime with a foul odor, rather than a successful cure.
Despite the precision needed to create this cure, there is hope that it can be effective for modern-day issues, such as skin infections that cause foot ulcers. Most commonly issues for diabetics, these conditions tend to be antibiotic-resistant. The drug is not recommended to be created as a home remedy. Instead, it will be added to the list of modern drugs taken from the page of the ancient medical societies. Historical Chinese medical manuscripts gave the modern world the antimalarial drug called artemisinin.
Studies will need to be expanded in order to determine the best way to mass produce this, particularly since the mixture is very particular in its completion in order to be successful. However, it may be worth it and may be pursued if the medical world finds it worth the time and effort to produce it in greater amounts. However, the benefit for diabetics and others with antibiotic-resistant conditions would be well worth the effort it would take to continually recreate this medication. With time, it may be easier to recreate and find success in that recreation.