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15 Strange Historical Health Remedies You Won't Believe

Heath care around the world has come a long way from where it once was. Although some health remedies survived throughout the years, most of these archaic practices are no longer used.

Bayer Heroin Cough Suppressant

Bayer Heroin Cough Suppressant

Bayer heroin cough suppressant was all the rage in the 19th century. This cough remedy came in liquid and lozenges and apparently, worked pretty well at quieting nasty coughs.

Cocaine Toothache Drops

Cocaine Toothache Drops

Manufactured by the Lloyd Manufacturing Company in the late 1800s, toothache drops laced with cocaine cured toothaches and pain of teething in babies and young children. If there's one thing that will surely make you forget about your toothache, it's cocaine.

Burnett's Extract Cocaine Hair Dressing

Burnett's Extract Cocaine Hair Dressing

The late-1800s was a time when people thought cocaine could cure all their ills and problems. People with unruly hair or those suffering from dandruff or other ailments of the scalp often turned to remedies such as Burnett's Extract.

Vin Mariani Wine Tonic

Vin Mariani Wine Tonic

Another cocaine-containing product was Vin Mariani's Wine Tonic. This wine contained coca leaves, and each fluid ounce contained six milligrams of cocaine. If this didn't make you forget why you felt bad, nothing would.

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup was a product formulated as 'The Mother's Friend.' It hit the market in 1849 and contained aqua ammonia, sodium carbonate, and morphine.

Opium Vapor Oil Treatment No. 6

Opium Vapor Oil Treatment No. 6

Before cocaine became the cure-all for almost everything, opium was the go-to for everyone from doctors to housewives. Products containing opium found a use in people suffering from malaria, dysentery, and cholera.

Male Impotency Belt

Male Impotency Belt

Male impotency is a condition that has been around since the beginning of time. During the late 19th century, doctors sold impotent men an electric belt that would shock 'things' to life.

Horse Exercises for Women

Horse Exercises for Women

Vigor's Horse-Action Saddle promised women the same kind of workout they would get if they rode a real horse. It offered to 'bring vital organs into inspiriting action' and 'prevent stagnation of the liver.' Of course, these are two things every woman thinks about during her workouts.

Snake Oil

Snake Oil

Popular during its time for curing everything from hair loss to constipation, snake oil came from the Chinese water snake and originally came about because of complaints of joint pain. Today, the term snake oil refers to fraudulent medicine.

Electromagnetic Coils

Electromagnetic Coils

Developed by Michael Faraday in the late 1800s, electromagnetic coils supposedly helped people recover from personality disorders like schizophrenia and depression. Remember, this happened during a time when doctors thought they could shock someone out of their mental illness.

Radioactive Water

Radioactive Water

Radioactive water became popular for use in the late 1800's and early 1900s. People would drink this water, and it supposedly cured everything from wrinkles to arthritis.

Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer

Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer

If there was one product you needed for your hair back in the late 1800s, this might have been it. Supposedly, this vegetable-based product could regrow hair, turn gray hair back to its original color, and end dandruff, once and for all.

Animal Magnetism

Animal Magnetism

Animal magnetism began as a theory by Doctor Fraz Mesmer in the 18th century. Dr. Mesmer believed that animals exerted an invisible force that could heal a number of maladies.

Electric Hairbrushes

Electric Hairbrushes

Most electric hair brushes received a patent in or around 1880. The electric hair brush saved people from dandruff, falling hair, headache, neuralgia, and baldness.

West's Electric Cure

West's Electric Cure

West's Electric Cure claimed it was electricity in a bottle. It went on sale in the 1880's and stayed around well into the 20th century. The cobalt blue bottles claimed to cure everything from rheumatism to headaches and catarrh, which is an excessive buildup of mucus in the nose and throat.

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