UK scientists use medieval remedy to kill superbug MRSA

UK (Next Media) – UK Scientists successfully recreated and used a thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon remedy to kill hospital superbug MRSA.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as the superbug MRSA, is a bacteria resistant to many antibiotics. It can cause skin infections and more severe problems such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia in patients in hospitals or nursing homes, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scientist from the University of Nottingham used a thousand-year-old remedy for eye infections to tackle MRSA. The remedy included garlic, leek, English wine, cow bile and ‘brass vessels’, which scientists replaced with brass sheets as they are easier to sterilise, according to New Scientist.

The potion self-sterilised and killed all the bacteria brought by the leek and garlic soil after nine days of stewing. It was then tested on scraps of mice skin infected with MRSA. The result shows it killed 90 per cent of the bacteria, New Scientist reported.

SOURCES: New Scientist, BBC, The Independent, CDC