2,000 Year Old Wonder Drug

December 13, 2012 by  

2,000 Year Old Wonder Drug, The World’s 2,000-year-old wonder drug is aspirin, a pain reliever that actually keeps the doctor away. The drug’s main component, salicylic acid, has been used for at least 2,000 years to reduce fevers, headaches, and inflammation.

While Hippocrates (the “father of medicine”) and the ancient Egyptians used willow and other plants that were high in salicylic acid, reports Yahoo! Health.

The practice of using willow bark has stood the test of time, with reports that even Lewis and Clark carried some on their expedition, relying on it to treat fevers during their expedition. Pharmacists began experimenting with the acid and prescribing chemicals related to it, until German chemist Felix Hoffman created modern-day aspirin in 1897.

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