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Traditional medicine of Bolivia

The city is located in the heart of the volcano, which is extinct for many millions of years ago. And this could not affect of life city. So, the atmosphere in the actual capital of Bolivia is constantly cool. The temperature ranges on average from 4 degrees Celsius to 11.

And because of the pressure altitude, the water comes to a boil at 88 degrees, and not the usual 100. The Central part of the town is Plaza Murillo. Here is the Presidential Palace. By the way, so, despite the fact that the official capital of Bolivia is Sucre, La Paz is considered the actual capital of the country. In this square also is a monument of Murillo, created from bronze. Among locals the place is most popular for leisure activities, walking and recreation.

The main museums of La Paz is situated in the street Sally hayen. Their exhibits contain mainly historic. Looking at these cultural sites, you can touch the past of the city.

In addition to the high location, the town is famous for trade and unusual items. This happens at the witches ‘ Market. Here you can buy different herbs from the recipes of traditional medicine and not only, amulets, insects, volshebnoye and other magical items. The most unusual item is the dried Llama fetus, which, according to legends of local residents, may appease the goddess of earth and fertility. One of the most beautiful places in La Paz – moon valley. This part of the city “grow” rocks. Nature in this area, surprises the tourists and the residents with an unusual relief of the mountains, from parts resembling the surface of the moon. The outlines of the rocks of Moonlight valley so fantastic that every one can see any image. Continue reading

Medicine of the pharaohs

Knowledge of the human body, internal organs and their functions came to Egypt very early, together with the practice of mummification. Judging by the data, Egyptian doctors were well aware of the ways and first set the function of the heart, which was perceived as the life centre, pumping blood through the 22 major vessels of the body, turning into more branched vessels. “The beginning of the mysteries of the doctor, – said in the text of the famous “papyrus Ebers” (XV century BC Leipzig), knowledge of stroke of the heart, which vessels to all members, for every doctor, every priest of the goddess Sekhmet, every caster, touching the head, neck, arms, hands, legs, everywhere touches the heart: he sent vessels to every member…” in Addition to these vessels, an Egyptian doctor wrote to their counterparts in another body – invisible Ka – “double” of man associated with magic rituals.

Mummification gave rise in Egypt strong surgery. In the “Surgical papyrus of Edwin Smith”, dated XVI century BC, describes 48 types of injuries and their treatment: refers to the technique of the correct reposition of bone fractures, lecaniinae and bruises, haematomas. The author of the text was a practicing physician, most likely related to some major construction.

“Surgeon’s table”. The relief on the temple wall of Harura and Sobek in Kom Ombo. II century BC

From economic documents it is known that, for example, the construction of the great pyramids of Giza, where the injury was understandably very high, fifteen hundred builders had one doctor. His art was obviously far from all the intricacies owned by court doctors, however, and this fact medical Continue reading

Methods and forms of application of medicinal herbs

Herbs are natural medicines. Some, so strong on the effects that are used for the manufacture of drugs. Every year increases the focus on traditional medicines, mainly containing medicinal herbs that are increasingly valued not only among herbalists and doctors practicing traditional, conventional medicine.

Usually herbs are used externally. (baths, wraps, poultices and lotions) and internal in the form of aqueous infusions, decoctions, extracts, alcohol tinctures, teas and herbs, juice or powder of dried parts of plants. Let us dwell on the methods of cooking for ingestion.

Tinctures are obtained by maceration in water chopped medicinal raw materials. The smaller the crushed raw material – the faster it gives up its substance in the infusion. For preparation of extracts used leaves, flowers and stems. Infusions are prepared in two ways: cold and hot.

In the preparation of infusions cold, measured on volume and shredded vegetable raw materials placed in enameled or glass dish, pour the necessary amount of boiled water at room temperature, close lid and insist from 4 to 12 hours (depending on the initial volume and chemical costabissara). After this mixture has to be filtered and it is ready for use.

When using hot herb brew water temperature is 80-95 degrees, but not boiling water. Measured by volume, and shredded vegetable raw materials put in an enamel or glass( heat resistant glass) bowl and pour the hot water. most often in the ratio of one weight part of raw materials take 10 parts of water. Continue reading

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