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1. Blow Fly Larvae to Treat Wounds and Infectious Bone Disease
When the blow fly lands in an open gash, it does what all flies do – it lays
maggots. But these maggots are special; they secrete a curative chemical known
as allantoin. Today’s doctors use allantoin (extracted from blow fly maggots) to
treat osteomyelitis... kind of gross, but effective.
2. Maggot Therapy
Some doctors, however, don’t even bother extracting the allantoin. Instead, they
insert maggots directly into the open cut in a process known as maggot
debridement therapy (MDT). As the maggots squirm they eat infection-causing
bacteria and dead tissue.
3. Bee Venom Therapy
Pat Wagner gets stung 200 times a week. Intentionally. Even though she may seem
like a nutcase, her reasoning is sound; bee venom (which is rich in enzymes,
peptides, glucocorticoids and other curative components) has been proven to help
with everything from rheumatoid arthritis to Multiple Sclerosis.
4. Ant Venom to Treat Arthritis
Interesting fact #1: ant bites contain traces of venom. Interesting fact #2: ant
venom reduces swelling and eases joint pains. “Treatment” used to mean
haphazardly stepping on a colony, but modern doctors are harnessing the venom
and using it as an alternative treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
5. Green Tree Ants used as Medicine by Australia Aborigines
Ironically, green ants make for a mean tea... one that gets rid of headaches and
colds, or can be used to clean wounds. And yes, the aborigines really drank
concoctions made from the crushed carcasses of these ants. Strangely, the ant
brew has about the same gustatory quality as actual green tea.
6. Army Ants Used for Wound Sutures
In the jungles of South America and Africa, some natives use army ants to close
open wounds. After the ant bites into the flesh, they rip off the body so the
head acts a biological “staple”. And just look at those jowls! Hard to picture
them having any use besides biting into living flesh.
7. Cobwebs Used for Wound Dressing
Clean cobwebs have been used as a make-shift bandage since the Middle Ages. Just
keep an eye for any poisonous inhabitants before ripping apart their home. There
is even talk of using manufactured spider silk for ligament replacement and bone
8. The Power full Cantharidin from Blister Beetles
It’s only a myth that frogs give you warts, but it’s a verified fact that
certain beetles can get rid of them. The secret ingredient, if you want to call
it that, is cantharidin – an oil that forms blisters on the skin. When ingested,
cantharides are ridiculously poisonous (as little as 10 mg can kill you) so
using it to cure mouth warts (or as an aphrodisiac a la Spanish Fly) is not
9. Cockroaches Brain Could Be Used As Antibiotics
Cockroach brains contain a powerful antibiotic that can obliterate E.coli and
MRSA infections. But you have to eat or drink them. The doctors may have to
change the name (rochie pills?) if they expect patients to buy in.
10. Curing Syphilis with Malaria Mosquito Stings
Malaria can kill you, but syphilis kills you worse. At least, that’s the
reasoning to giving syphilis patients bits from malarial mosquitoes. The malaria
feeds on the syphilis, leaving the patient healthy... if the antimalarial agent
kicks in fast enough to keep the patient alive.
11. Cartepillar Fungus - An Ancient Chinese Medicine
Caterpillar fungus gained popularity after National Games winning runners
claimed a fungus tonic helped by relieving stress. Chinese doctors also believe
it can spike energy levels, cure various diseases and jack up sexual drive. Who
knows? Take enough caterpillar fungus pills and you may turn into a sex hungry
deviant with the energy of 3 men and the overall health of Greek god.
12. Cochineal Beetle Cough Remedy
Cochineal beetles are one of the ugliest insects on the face of the planet (see
above). However, a couple of handfuls of them – when doused in alcohol and drank
- make for a great cure to whooping cough, urinary tract infection and asthma.
13. Cicadas Used As Diuretics
Cicadas ate the biblical Egyptians out of house and home. Somewhere along the
line, humans got hip and starting eating the cicadas instead... leading to the
discovery that they can cure urinary tract infections. All across the land, the
people finally rejoiced that it no longer burned when they eliminated fluids.
14. Silk Moth to Treat Heart Disease
Silkworms are good for more than cloud soft dress items; they’re also a source
of a curious biochemical known as Serratia E15. For silkworms, Serratia E15
helps them transition from slithering abominations into semi-graceful moths by
dissolving their cocoons. For men, it helps prevent heart disease through some
15. Insects as Food Supplements
If you’re not a big fan of Brussels sprouts or broccoli, insects are definitely
the way to go. They’re rich in vitamins and nutrients. Plus, until you’ve
experience the crunch of a roasted termite (iron) or the squish of silkworm moth
larvae (copper, iron, thiamine, zinc, riboflavin) you simply haven’t lived!