Pesticides for Constipation
This is one of the medical treatments that are way out there. An extreme treatment was given to deal with a common issue: pesticides to help with constipation. It’s crazy and somewhat scary to think about how doctors treated these medical conditions in the Victorian era. One of the active ingredients in pesticides is Strychnine. A poisonous compound used to kill rodents and birds. This particular ingredient is what doctors prescribed during the Victorian period for illnesses such as constipation. The frightening thing is that just a tiny amount of Strychnine can cause convulsions. During the time, doctors believed using Strychnine could help relieve gastric distress.