Navigation Links
Ancient Pills Found in Shipwreck Offer Rare Insight Into Early Medicine
Date:1/8/2013

stood from ancient texts about medicine, said the metallic component found in the tablets was evidently used not just for eyewashes but also to treat wounds.

The discovery, Touwaide said, is evidence of the effectiveness of some natural medicines that have been used for literally thousands of years. "This information potentially represents essentially several centuries of clinical trials," he explained. "If natural medicine is used for centuries and centuries, it's not because it doesn't work."

A report on the analysis of the tablets was published in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The shipwrecked boat -- the Relitto del Pozzino -- was found in the Gulf of Baratti in 1974 and first explored eight years later. The analysis of the tablets was begun about two years ago, Giachi said. The vessel, about 50 to 60 feet long, was found in an area considered a key east-west trade route.

In addition to the pills, archeologists found other remnants of early medicine: a copper bleeding cup, a tin pitcher, 136 boxwood vials, and tin containers.

The tablets were well preserved for the last 2,000 years because the cylindrical tin container in which they were stored, called a pyxis, was hermetically sealed by the natural degradation of the metal, Giachi said, adding that very few other ancient medicines have been discovered elsewhere.

"In London, a granular cream was discovered in a small tin canister. It was dated to the second century A.D. and was probably used as moistening or medicinal cream," Giachi said.

Giachi noted that another botanical medicine was found at the bottom of a dolium -- a large Roman earthenware container -- from the first century A.D., recovered near Pompeii. Also, in Lyon, France, cylindrical rods recovered from a second century A.D. burial site were considered to be eyewashes.

To analyze the material found in the shipwreck, a fragment fr
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Online Homeopathic Retailer Kanwa Minerals Announces New Native Remedies; Ancient Clay Soaps, Native Clay Face Mask, Eco Gifts for Women
2. Spirit Detox Announces Addition of Ancient Clay Natural Soap Line to Beauty Products
3. Clues to Ancient Dentistry Found in Human Tooth
4. Ancient Genome Appears to Have Links to Modern Humans
5. New twist on ancient math problem could improve medicine, microelectronics
6. The US Drug Watchdog Now Urges Users Of The Birth Control Pills Yaz-Yasmin to Contact The Johnson Law Group For a Legal Review if They Developed Severe Medical Problems
7. New Pills Show Promise for Hepatitis C
8. People May Skip Generic Pills if Color Differs From Brand-Name Drug
9. Capsiplex Plus Reviews for Improved Weight Loss Supplement Added to BestAppetiteSuppressantPills.com
10. CB-1 Weight Gainer Commercial Sparks Conversation in Social Media World about the Weight Gain Pills
11. hCGTreatments / Diet Doc hCG Diets & Weight Loss Plans Adds Prescription Strength Saffron Extract Diet Pills to Their Exhaustive Product Line
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Ancient Pills Found in Shipwreck Offer Rare Insight Into Early Medicine 
(Date:10/1/2014)... scientists has shown that more than 80 per cent ... , The study found that medicines called ,JAK inhibitors, ... mutation that is present in more than 80 per ... used, or are in clinical trials, for diseases including ... Bowel cancer is the second-most common cancer in Australia ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... of the human eye, the brain of a rat ... new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher. ... Faculty says the new study uses new computer algorithms ... buildings or tunnels. , "This is a very Frankenstein ... two halves of a thing together because we,re taking ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Philadelphia, PA, October 1, 2014 Patients with ... treatment, have a greatly increased risk of depression. ... therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection causes ... Omega-3 fatty acids, more commonly known as fish ... including lowering the risk of heart disease and ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... New research suggests the adage that encourages people to ... target when it comes to exercise. When walking, staying ... distance to it appear shorter and help people walk ... compares this technique to walking while looking around the ... quality of exercise. , "People are less interested in ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... 2014 Marriagelifeinsurance.com has released a ... for retired couples. , Senior citizens can purchase ... for their loved ones. A joint policy is cheaper, ... pass away. , Life insurance can be used ... can even be purchased online, as the application process ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Eighty percent of bowel cancers halted with existing medicines 2Health News:Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation 2Health News:Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent some forms of depression 2Health News:Keeping your eyes on the prize can help with exercise, NYU study finds 2Health News:Keeping your eyes on the prize can help with exercise, NYU study finds 3Health News:Elderly Life Insurance - Find Life Insurance for Retired Couples! 2
... , , AUSTIN, Texas, ... processing expert, ThermoGenesis Corp., to deliver the most sophisticated point ... innovative MarrowXpress(TM) (MXP(TM)) System defines a new standard for isolation ... MXP System consistently yields high (> 90%) mononuclear cell recovery ...
... Global health organization PSI helps contestants spread HIV prevention messages throughout ... 21 The Miss Universe contestants continued preparations for Sunday night,s ... condoms to test their strength and playing "Wild Fire Infection" games ... are part of an HIV peer education workshop designed by PSI ...
... , , KUALA LUMPUR, ... Technologies (ICT) is essential for modern healthcare delivery systems if ... and improve patient safety. , , (Logo: ... years, the acquisition of computer technologies by healthcare organizations has ...
... treatment to thousands who need it, experts say ... with patient and therapist texting each other in real-time ... of patients new access to much-needed treatment, researchers say. ... of research and practice involving technology-based treatments for depression ...
... , , , ... (Nasdaq: HTWR - ASX: HIN) today announced that HeartWare has surpassed ... marking an important early enrollment milestone. , , ... at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas by O.H. Frazier, ...
... N.Y. The Bioproduction Facility at Cornell University has ... vaccinethat will be used in clinical trials for patients ... was developed as a partnership between The Ludwig Institute ... trial is being conducted at New York University Medical ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Celling Technologies Sets New Standards With Sophisticated Adult Stem Cell Device 2Health News:Celling Technologies Sets New Standards With Sophisticated Adult Stem Cell Device 3Health News:Miss Universe Contestants Enter Condom Olympics to Tackle HIV 2Health News:Miss Universe Contestants Enter Condom Olympics to Tackle HIV 3Health News:Frost & Sullivan: Medico Legal Implications Related to the Usage of Electronic Health Record 2Health News:Frost & Sullivan: Medico Legal Implications Related to the Usage of Electronic Health Record 3Health News:Frost & Sullivan: Medico Legal Implications Related to the Usage of Electronic Health Record 4Health News:Web-Based Psychotherapy Can Work 2Health News:Web-Based Psychotherapy Can Work 3Health News:HeartWare International Surpasses 50 Implants in the US 2Health News:HeartWare International Surpasses 50 Implants in the US 3Health News:Cornell makes cancer vaccine for clinical use 2Health News:Cornell makes cancer vaccine for clinical use 3
(Date:10/1/2014)... 2014 The Cardinal Health 2014 digital ... can learn about the company,s fiscal year ... the health care continuum by accessing the ... Photo- http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140930/149504-INFO ... chief executive officer,s letter to shareholders, the ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... NEW YORK , October 1, 2014 ... service provider for the medical industries, announced today the expansion of ... New York City . genae Americas was incorporated in ... strategically centered in one of the highest concentrations of medical innovation ... Kassab , President at genae Americas. "The expansion of genae from ...
(Date:10/1/2014)...  Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX ) today ... Medicare ® Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) will offer ... WAG ) (NASDAQ: WAG ), helping ...  for their Medicare dollars. Medicare beneficiaries who ... or Choice plans for 2015 can save ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Cardinal Health 2014 Digital Report to Shareholders Now Available 2genae Opens Offices in New York City 2Express Scripts Collaborates with Walgreens to Create Value-Driven Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Pharmacy Network 2Express Scripts Collaborates with Walgreens to Create Value-Driven Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Pharmacy Network 3Express Scripts Collaborates with Walgreens to Create Value-Driven Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Pharmacy Network 4
... EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 1, 2011 Cambrex Corporation ... 2011 financial results will be released on Thursday, November ... The Company will host a conference call to discuss ... Conference CallWhen: , Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:30 ...
... 2011 Takeda Global Research & Development ... Drug Administration (FDA) has assigned a Prescription Drug User ... for the review of its investigational type 2 diabetes ... combines alogliptin with pioglitazone in a single tablet.   ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Takeda Announces PDUFA Action Date for Investigational Type 2 Diabetes Therapies Alogliptin and the Fixed-Dose Combination Alogliptin/Pioglitazone 2Takeda Announces PDUFA Action Date for Investigational Type 2 Diabetes Therapies Alogliptin and the Fixed-Dose Combination Alogliptin/Pioglitazone 3
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
Medicine Products: