"Balds Leechbook" Takes Down MRSA

Scientists are looking to medieval medicine in hopes of treating MRSA, the highly antibiotic-resistant superbug.

UK researchers, following a recipe for an eye salve treatment from the 10th century "Balds Leechbook" text, found that the concoction proved effective against lab cultures of MRSA, the Washington Post reports. Ingredients include garlic, onion, copper, wine and oxgall, also known as cow’s bile.

“We were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was,” said Freya Harrison of the University of Nottingham, who worked on the research.

Washington Post

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