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Helix and Drugs: Snails for Western Health Care From Antiquity to the Present

, : Helix and Drugs: Snails for Western Health Care From Antiquity to the Present. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2(1): 25-28

The land helix, or snail, has been used in medicine since antiquity and prepared according to several formulations. This historical report traces the understanding of their properties from the time of Hippocrates, who proposed the use of snail mucus against protoccle and Pliny who thought that the snail increased the speed of delivery and was "a sovereign remedy to treat pain related to burns, abscesses and other wounds", Galien recommended snails against hydrops foetails.


PMID: 15841274

DOI: 10.1093/ecam/neh057

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