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SALT has an entire HISTORY.
For hundreds of years, it was an infallible remedy for many diseases and disorders.
A journey in the History of Medicine reveals its use since ancient times.

A History in Ancient Medicine

Hippocrates
of Cos
, the most famous physician of ancient Greece and founding father
of modern medicine, recommends salt as expectorant in lung diseases.

A History in Medieval Medicine

Moise Maimonide,
philosopher, physician and theologian, in his book Dianetics for body
and soul
wrote that only the bread that contained salt was healthy.

A History in Modern Medicine

In 1832, physicians R. Lewins and T. Latta used for the first time infusions with sodium chloride against cholera.

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Salt in the History of Medicine

 

‘History, by valuing the people in the past, helps people in the present experience other times and civilizations.’
Thomas Jefferson

 

Salt is an indispensable ingredient. For hundreds of years, it was an infallible remedy for many diseases and disorders. A journey in the History of Medicine reveals its use since ancient times. It was mentioned in old writings and ancient manuscripts.

 

Salt in Ancient Egyptian
Medicine
salt: desinfectant and laxative

 

Egyptians used salt for calluses, stopping bleeding, washing in times of epidemics and in vaginal suppositories for a quicker birth.
In the Smith papyrus, Imhotep, physician and architect, recommends salt for disinfecting wounds.
The Ebers papyrus describes liquids, suppositories and ointments with salt. A laxative suppository was made of honey, seeds and sea salt. Others, for anal infections, contained incense, seeds, fat, oil and sea salt.

 

Salt in Ancient Greek
Medicine

salt: digestive, disinfectant and expectorant


Greeks used sea salt and rock salt.
They were the first to observe that digestion and excretion are influenced by the consumption of salt. Water with salt and vinegar was used for nausea and difficult digestion.
Hippocrates of Cos, the most famous physician of ancient Greece and founding father of modern medicine, recommends salt as expectorant in lung diseases.
A mixture of 2 parts fresh cow milk and one part water with sea salt drank in the morning on an empty stomach, heals spleen diseases.
Salt water was used in skin conditions, and salt with honey is applied on wounds difficult to heal.
2000 years ago, the Greeks knew that salt is good for skin conditions, and in respiratory and digestive disorders!

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