Britain –Researchers have declared that a medieval concoction meant to treat eye infections can also be used to kill the MRSA superbug. The recipe whose mixture should be brewed in a brass vessel then purified using a strainer calls for two species of Allium and dates way back from the 10th century. It should then be left for nine days to sit before it is used.
The remedy was discovered in a manuscript called Bald’s Leechbook which happens to be one of the world’s first medical textbooks to be found a British’s Library.
According to an expert on Anglo-Saxon society who doubles up as a book translator, Christina Lee, the recipe was found to be convenient because it contained such ingredients like garlic and which are currently being investigated on the effectiveness of their potential antibiotic. “The recipe seemed to be straightforward”. Lee expounded further. And the fact that it has been said to be the best of leechdoms made even the curiosity grow further.
The concoction worked well on cultures of MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus which produced admirable results after 24hours because the bacteria had been killed. The remedy was also tested in the United States and the results were equally good.
The study leader and who is also a microbiologist, Freya Harrison says that he has still not come to terms with how a 1,000-year-old antibiotic seems to work so effectively. “We had never seen this coming”.
Everyone is dumbfounded and no one including the researchers seems to understand the enormous efficacy of this remedy. At some point, this concoction is thought to work better than the centuries-old treatment of traditional antibiotics.
Researchers are now tempted to believe that the effectiveness of the study is as a result of the fact that no single ingredient had an apparent effect on the potentially deadly superbug. They are now looking at using the method on humans and are seeking for more funds to facilitate the same.