Medieval Illness

Medieval Illnesses and Cures

In the Medieval England, health and medicine were very important aspects of life. One of the causes of medieval illnesses is poor hygiene such as skin disease. Skin disease was most common around poor peasants and townspeople. Because of the rough wool clothing that they wore, many insects lived in the material and irritated the skin of the people. The illness was cured from covering the sore spots with the skin of a wolf.
Poor diets were also responsible for causing many illnesses including scurvy and diarrhea. Scurvy is caused by the lack of vitamin C and was cured from drinking/eating citrus. Diarrhea is caused by many things and a common cure was folk medicine which was made from the herbal remedies of plants, flowers, and tree bark.