I wonder how our ancestors coped with pain from diseases thousands of years ago?

@thetis74 (1525)
July 30, 2011 11:05am CST
I have always imagined how our poor ancestors lived without all the medicines and disease prevention measures a long time ago? It must have been so hard when the little one's got sick and there was nothing to lower the temperature, suffering from diseases where vaccine could have prevented, etc. It is so hard to imagine how everyone both young and old could have coped with pain and all the other maladies brought from the sickness they are inflicted with. It must have been an extremely hard life surviving with all these. Of course they had discovered natural cures, but I am sure they hardly had cure for almost all diseases like what we have now. Have you also ever contemplated these like these/
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@sreesai (216)
• India
31 Jul 11
hi thetis74, Our ancestors had healthy diet and lived with discipline. They used to follow natural cures for many illness. They are strong in health when compared to health of present generations. They had few diseases when compared to present diseases. The people who can resist to diseases used to live long and the one who cannot resist used to die at their early ages. That's why they used to have more child births but only few used to remain healthy. If a person falls sick, he/she used to take many sore medicines and others used to treat them as untouchables. They used to suffer both internal and external pain. They used to lead hard life.
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@sreesai (216)
• India
31 Jul 11
We are happy today because of them. They were experimented and the result was given to us in the form us to lead a healthy life.
@KrauseHome (34995)
• United States
31 Jul 11
There are times I have wondered how people did it back in the day before some of the many modern medicines, etc. to help a person get better. Even knowing some of the things I go thru, and the techniques they now use like with the surgery on my veins that used to be a long drawn out procedure to something minor like mine was, and how did they ever heal a wound if it would not heal? Did people just loose limbs, or get serious infections and die? And what did they do to help with pain? Personally I am glad I was not one to had to find out.
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• Philippines
30 Jul 11
Yes it must be tough for them.Some people are even dying of simple diarrhea and more women are just dying from giving birth.My friends and I were discussing about the treatment of communicable diseases like Tuberculosis and Leprosy before modern medicine.It's so sad that sick people were just place in isolation and giving nutritious food,hoping that they will recover from their illness.I even heard that people were burn in those times if they contracted Leprosy.Thanks God were living in this era in which medicines and modern medical equipments are already available.It must be scary to be alive in those periods.
@thetis74 (1525)
30 Jul 11
Being burned alive must be very quite terrible. Indeed it must have been really tough. Being lucky to be able to live in this period is something I truly am so thankful for because I won't also be seeing people and my children suffer from anything without any cure.
@TenzhoLee (193)
• Malaysia
30 Jul 11
Don't worry, our ancestors are tough. Unlike people's now days that are getting lazier and lazier. I wonder in the future will our generation become those fat guys in the Movie Wall-E, haha! You know what I mean if you watch Wall-E
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@thetis74 (1525)
30 Jul 11
Such a thought gives such relief. You are right. Their instincts for survival must be rally far better than ours now because we rely on the many kinds of relief that we are now taking advantage of.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
30 Jul 11
Yes I have. There were home remedies of course that would help lessen the feeling of being sick, and help the fever go down, but for those things that escalated or those things not yet known to man, it was difficult. Not only that but doctors were travelling from place to place, sometimes many miles and so it took quite a bit of time to get to and from a place, and that is even if they could get to the person in time. Of course this I am talking about isn't thousands of years ago, thousands of years ago doctor's weren't known, but I suppose there were medicine men and women who knew techniques of gentle healing. Now we have cures for things because of others sufferings, it's a very sad thing but it helps us out too.
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@thetis74 (1525)
30 Jul 11
Yes. It is sad to think of some of these peoples' suffering. It could have been us if we were on that era. I can't even imagine having a terrible headache without pain reliever to relieve it.
• China
31 Jul 11
Thousands years ago there are some doctors in our country.Doctors often take the pulse to check the patients .Then they will know what diseases had the patients got.They will use herbal medicine to cure the patients. And anthor is acupuncture,this is very magical.People have acupoints in their body.If you feel somewhere are not comfotable,find the acupoints then push it for 5~10 minutes.Insist for days, you will feel better. Lastly I think for thousands of years ago, disease and malady have no more than now.In that time ,air is fresher than now, food have no transgenosis.And people often hunt to get food.I think this is excercise.Hehe~So in that time ,people's body are better than now.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
30 Jul 11
It was a rather different all things considered. We have really come a long way of how we have really treated diseases since the days past. Of course there are just a number of times where its obvious that we still have a rather long way to go, as disease is still a rather prominent part of our lives for sure. With all of the advanced medicine, there is still a lot of pain to cope with. Let us not forget that the life expectancy is rather shorter than it was during those days than it is today. There were a lot of times where the cures were rather unknown a lot of the time. The medication was rather crude at best or just non existent at rather worst. It was something that they rather had to live with, although there are a lot of people who did not live all too long. Still its easy to see that we have come a long way. Still its hard to imagine living in that time, with the lack of treatment with diseases.
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@osirus13 (36)
• United States
30 Jul 11
I hardly think anyone ever got sick, because I don't even think there was even that many infections/diseases a "long time ago" :). I always thought people claimed witchcraft on someone if they sneezed or something and they'd be hanged. If that's true or not is the real question... haha :)
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• Philippines
30 Jul 11
I assume they also have their ways. I'm sure they tried their best to cure their sicknesses. As far as I know, they also practiced rituals to cure the sicknesses.