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Ancient Romans may have used Chinese medicine to treat coeliac disease


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Ancient Romans may have used Chinese medicine to treat coeliac disease

Health 9 January 2020 By Colin Barras The skull of a woman who lived in Italy almost 2000 years agoAngelo Gismondi and Alessia D’AgostinoAlmost 2000 years ago a young Roman woman living with coeliac disease was struggling to stay healthy – so she may have turned to traditional Chinese medicine in the hope of relief.…

Ancient Romans may have used Chinese medicine to treat coeliac disease


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9 January 2020

By Colin Barras

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The skull of a woman who lived in Italy almost 2000 years ago

Angelo Gismondi and Alessia D’Agostino

Almost 2000 years ago a young Roman woman living with coeliac disease was struggling to stay healthy – so she may have turned to traditional Chinese medicine in the hope of relief. Chemical residues found in her dental plaque suggest she took ginseng and turmeric, possibly to relieve intestinal problems. As both plants are native to south and east Asia, the find hints at an ancient trade in medicinal plants.

The woman’s skeleton was unearthed in 2008 at a site in Cosa, …

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