Bat’s Blood And Pigs Eyes Ancient Cures For Eye Infections + Blindness

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Blindness and eye infections were a huge Egyptian problem back in the pyramid ages. Think about it-insufferable heat, sand storms, allergies and all that stone grit flying around. Can you imagine the eye problems? No sunglasses for protection. So what did they do? A dab of bats blood to blind patients eyes just might be the ticket to a cure. The thinking- bats were thought to have excellent night vision and their thinking it would transfer to people by either putting it in their eyes or injected in their ears.

They also mashed up pigs eyes, mixed it with honey and red ochre, then poured it into their ears.

‘Take the water (humor) contained in pigs eyes, take true antimony, red lead, natural honey, of each 1 Ro (about 15 cc); pulverize it finely and combine it into one mass which should be injected into the ear of the patient and he will be cured immediately. Do and thou shalt see. Really excellent! Thou shalt recite as a spell: I have brought this which was applied to the seat of yonder and replaces the horrible suffering. Twice.”  This cures Stupid Vision. From  the Edwin Smith Papyrus

Other cures for eye problems- ochre clays or medicinal clay. Ochre clays were prescribed for intestinal issues as well. Yellow ochre was considered a remedy for urological complaints.

Cure for Cataracts: Mix brain-of-tortoise with honey. Place on the eye and say:

There is a shouting in the southern sky in darkness, There is an uproar in the northern sky, The Hall of Pillars falls into the waters. The crew of the sun god bent their oars so that the heads at his side fall into the water, Who leads hither what he finds? I lead forth what I find. I lead forth your heads. I lift up your necks. I fasten what has been cut from you in its place. I lead you forth to drive away the god of Fevers and all possible deadly arts.

Ancient Egyptian practitioners were also adept at performing eye-surgery, no surprise in the desert where foreign objects blown into the eye could cause irritation. Innovatively, the Egyptian doctors cured Night-Blindness by feeding the patient powdered liver, rich in Vitamin A. Read more: of the eye were frequent and included infections such as trachoma (which is still common in Egypt), night blindness, cataract, and distortions of the eyelids.

The first known mention of Leprosy was in Egyptian Papyrus. ‘The newest research suggests that at least as early as 4000 B.C. individuals had been infected with M. leprae, while the first known written reference to the disease was found on Egyptian papyrus in about 1550 B.C’ Source 

How about Mud? Heres mud in your eye?  Mud in your eye comes from the Gospel of John 9:6-7. This is the story of Jesus healing the man born blind…by putting mud, made from spittle and dust, in his eyes and telling him to go wash it off in the Pool of Siloam. Read more:

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