Using cannabis as a medical treatment might seem like a hippie remedy but when you consider the other options out there, it’s quite tame. The medical community is willing to back up some strange treatments; here’s a crossword puzzle all about the bizarre ones that we still use today.
Blood Plasma Substitute
Coconut water has a similar chemical makeup to intracellular fluid and can be used as a plasma substitute. It was used as a last resort by soldiers during World War II and has actually been studied by the scientific community. In January 2000, a team of doctors released a report on the subject, proving its effectiveness. Today, most doctors would never use coconut water in place of saline because of the sodium content. However, in tropical and remote places in the world, it makes a great temporary solution.
Despite the growing evidence to support it, the medical use of cannabis is not legally recognized across every state in the US. Here’s a look at some of the treatments that have the FDA’s backing and approval.
FDA-approved maggot therapy is used for wound debridement. Before being placed on the wound, the fly eggs are disinfected and placed in a sterilized vial. This is applied in a containment dressing for a cycle of 48 hours. Usually, 2 to 6 cycles are needed for a complete treatment.
The FDA has approved the use of Botox for a number of surprising treatments. In 2004, Botox was approved as a treatment for hyperhidrosis, aka excessive underarm sweating. From back pain and migraines to overactive bladder, botox seems to be the new go-to treatment for the medical community.
In 2004, the FDA approved the use of leeches for medical use. Ricarimprex SAS is a French company that breeds leeches in a certified facility. They requested and received clearance to market them as medical devices. Leeches can be used for skin grafts, skin flaps, surgical reattachment, and venous congestion.
Medical Treatment For Hiccups
Hiccups can be a real pain in the ass, especially if you seek medical treatment. Today, cases of intractable hiccups are treated by digital rectal massage. In fact, the doctor that discovered this treatment, Dr. Francis Fesmire, won a Nobel prize for his effort.
Hiccups are caused by voluntary contractions of the diaphragm and the vagus nerve is heavily involved. All of the remedies that we have to cure the hiccups stimulate the vagus nerve. It travels from the head, down to the bottom of the spinal cord; it’s responsible for triggering an orgasm. Because the rectum has such an abundance of sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves, it’s an ideal place to stimulate the vagus nerve.
To cure your hiccups:
Put on a glove and lube up your finger. Insert your finger into your rectum. Hold it there for 30 seconds to 1 minute while taking slow deep breaths. Rotating your finger isn’t necessary unless insertion is not sufficient. Remove your finger and repeat the process if your hiccups come back.