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Herbal Medicine in Ancient Egypt

By N. H. Aboelsoud

Civilization in Ancient Egypt was not only the pyramids and tombs, but it involved all aspects of human life. Health and wellbeing was one of the most cared arts by the pharaohs. Both the physicians and magicians participated in the field of medical care. From holistic view they conceived health and sickness as an unceasing fight between good and evil. Most of the complementary medicine modalities were originated from ancient Egyptians. One of these modalities is herbal medicine, which is the subject we are going to spot light on in this review. Our comments depended on what Ancient Egyptians recorded in their medical papyri.

Introduction: Not all of Egyptian medicine was based on wishful thinking, much was the result of experimentation and observation, and physical means supplemented the magical ones. Apart from spiritual healing and herbal medicine, Ancient Egyptians practiced massage and manipulation and made extensive use of therapeutic herbs and foods, but surgery was only rarely part of their treatments (Zucconi, 2007).

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(H/T History of the Ancient World)

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