Using the Dung of Various Animals
Throughout history, dung has been used as a remedy for a multitude of ailments. In some cultures, cow or goat dung was applied directly to wounds or skin infections, as it was believed to have antibacterial properties. In ancient Egypt, animal dung was used as a poultice to treat eye infections and skin diseases. Dried and powdered dung was used in traditional medicine to treat digestive problems like diarrhea and constipation. It was not uncommon for dung to also be used as a cure for the plague, although it was wholly ineffective. While the use of dung as a medicine may seem strange, there is some scientific evidence to support its use. For example, some studies have found that certain compounds in cow dung have antibacterial properties.