The Anonymous Widower

Home-Made Cabbage Soups Could Help Combat Malaria

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

The article comes from this page on the Imperial College web site, which is entitled Scientists And Schoolkids Find Family Soups Have Antimalarial Properties.

This is the introduction.

London schoolchildren have found that some of their families’ soup recipes have antimalarial properties, with the help of Imperial scientists.

Researchers from Imperial College London helped the schoolchildren test their family soup broths for activity against the malaria parasite.

There is also this quote from one of the researchers; Professor Jake Baum.

We may have to look beyond the chemistry shelf for new drugs, and natural remedies shouldn’t be off our watch list, as artemisinin shows.

I also wonder, if natural remedies of this type, which are generally administered by a trusted relative or friend, come with a degree of care and concern, that is often lacking in healthcare.

We should also remember, that aspirin is not a modern drug, but was known to the ancient Egyptians.


November 19, 2019 - Posted by | Food, Health | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This is very interesting; I find the history of medicine fascinating, and have several old books on the subject. The oldest one, written in about 1770 has some strange sounding remedies, but reading them carefully shows they make sense. For example a “person dead by drownding)” should be placed up to their neck in a dung heap. Nowadays if a person appeared unresponsive when they came out of a river, they would rewrapped in layers of those foil blankets to keep them warm. A dung heap would have the same effect. And they went barely alive, then they may well recover – the smell might help of course. There are very many of these suggested remedies, and yes they make sense if you consider 18thC and it’s limited knowledge and facilities. There is one remedy for “canchre of the childbed”, which suggests placing bark of the yew tree inside the patients as far as possible. Yew tree bark has been studied as a possible source of treatment for female cancer – I don’t know the details, but it was happening about 20 years ago.

    At one stage I considered registering for a PhD, looking at the management of mental health in late medieval and early modern England; probably look specifically at post natal mental healthy because there are records available. I didnt go ahead with it, because I had the accident which caused my health issues, and the also fact that the relevant records were mainly in Cambridge, and some also in Oxford.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 21, 2019 | Reply

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