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An Ancient Cure for Malaria
On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we see how man’s arrogance kept the world from discovering an ancient cure for malaria.
The modern, educated person often tends to look down on previous generations. This is why medical researchers dismissed a cure for fever that dated to 340 A.D. An ancient Chinese book of herbal remedies recommended that to cure a fever, one should soak a particular weed in about a liter of water and drink the resulting tea.
In typical modern fashion, researchers had doubts that this cure would actually work. However, the weed named in the folk cure provides a compound that may be an even more effective treatment for malaria than Quinines. It treats cases that Quinines don’t affect and produces no side effects.
While our modern age may be advanced in some things, it is definitely behind past ages in other things – like humility.
For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.
Ref: “A New Old Remedy.” Discover, August 1985. Photo: 19th-century illustration of Cinchona calisaya, the plant from which we get Quinine.