When All Else Fails, We Now Have This 1,900-Year-Old Hangover Cure

Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
Apparently, the ancient Egyptians were just as aggravated by hangovers as we are. And, their cures were just as silly and/or desperate, reports LiveScience. Experts uncovered one of these "cures" within 500,000 recently translated ancient medical documents. First discovered in 1915 in Oxyrhynchus, the documents include work from the likes of Hippocrates and Galen. (They also contain some rather terrifying notes on eye surgery, if you're interested.) These works describe a "drunken headache" cure that required ancient hangover-afflicted folks to string together leaves of the Alexandrian chamaedaphne shrub and wear them around their necks. I mean, sure. That would probably work about as well as everything else we have now. Which is to say, not that great. But, maybe those flower-crown-wearing festivalgoers were onto something?

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