Egyptian Medicine to the Rescue: Aspirin

ID-10073271Aspirin has long been used for pain relief and combating against headaches. This simple little pill has worked wonders by providing millions of people all over the world with relief from common everyday symptoms. What doctors are discovering more and more, however, and what most people are just beginning to realize, is that aspirin is capable of so much more than pain relief. From heart attacks to cancer, it seems as though there is almost nothing that aspirin cannot help to prevent. And the history of aspirin is just as surprising, as it goes back thousands of years all the way to the Ancient Egyptians. This article will look at how those Egyptians first used a form of aspirin, and what aspirin can do for millions of people today.

An ancient form of medicine

Many people assume that aspirin is the result of 20th-century laboratories and scientific research. While it is certainly true that modern day aspirin was born more in the lab than anywhere else, the active ingredient in aspirin goes much further back than the 20th-century. In fact, historians have learned that the Ancient Egyptians were using willow bark in order to treat many of the same symptoms that people use aspirin for today. The use of willow bark was not based on ancient superstition; rather, it contained the same active ingredient that aspirin contains today, meaning the Ancient Egyptians were thousands of years ahead of their time when it came to medical treatment.

What can aspirin do?

Aspirin, aside from relieving common aches and pains, is also great at preventing much more serious health risks. Aspirin reduces the risk of heart disease, helps burn fat faster, improves the liver, and can be used as a preventative measure against various forms of cancer, such as breast, colon, prostate, esophageal, and ovarian forms. Those who suffer from colon cancer may especially be able to benefit from a daily dose of this little miracle pill. People at risk of colon cancer often have a mutated gene, and studies have shown that in these people aspirin can slash the risk of death from colon cancer. As colon cancer can be a particularly painful form of cancer, often requiring colostomies and stoma pouches even for those who survive it, doing whatever is possible to avoid this cancer in the first place is key to living a healthy, fulfilling life. Doctors recommend taking aspirin daily along with a glass of warm water. In as little as 90 days, the aspirin will begin to work to protect the body against colon and other forms of cancer.

People often dismiss ancient medicine as being based on little more than superstition, but as aspirin has shown, even medication thousands of years old still has the potential to provide surprising health benefits up to the present day. From the Ancient Egyptians to today’s modern world, this little pill has provided relief for generations of sufferers. As doctors are now learning that aspirin can be used to combat numerous health problems, including heart disease and cancer, this medication seems likely to remain popular well into the future, as well.

Simone Richardson is a retired nurse and grandmother of six. She now spends her days birdwatching and blogging online.


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