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Using Snakes The practice of using snakes as a medical treatment involved placing live snakes on the buboes, the painful swellings caused by the plague. In… Alexander Gabriel - May 10, 2023
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Using Snakes

The practice of using snakes as a medical treatment involved placing live snakes on the buboes, the painful swellings caused by the plague. In the middle ages, it was believed that the snakes would suck out the poison and heal the infected area. The skin and venom of some snake species were also thought to have some healing properties. Today, some components of snake venom have been found to have therapeutic potential and are being studied as treatments for conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer.

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