Medieval Recipe Cures MRSA Superbug
She has found a thousand year old cure for a superbug that plagues some of the human population today. Christina Lee has translated the ancient manuscript despite some ambiguities in the text.
Lee enlisted the help of the university’s microbiologists to see if the remedy actually worked. The recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach) to be brewed in a brass vessel. The team says it now has good, replicated data showing that the medicine kills up to 90% of MRSA bacteria in “in vivo” wound biopsies from mice.
“I still can’t quite believe how well this 1,000-year-old antibiotic actually seems to be working,” Harrison said. “When we got the first results we were just utterly dumbfounded. We did not see this coming at all.” Lee stated.
The superbug may not seem so super now that we with the help of some medieval recipe found in a random “medical” book at the University of Nottingham aiding us in our fight against MRSA.