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Aztec cure for official fatigue.

Bill Clinton and Al Gore might want to take note of an ancient cure for a fatigue that afflicted Aztec public officials in the 16th century,

Healers concocted an elaborate remedy for Aztec rulers who complained of tiredness, according to Robert Bye of the Botanical Garden in Mexico City, They would boil some herbs in water, add some animal blood, and top off the potion with digestive "stones" found in bird gizzards. To restore energy levels, haggard rulers bathed with the resulting liquid.

Did the potion work? No one knows for sure. However, Bye says the blood-and-gizzard brew was a popular remedy, His study of the De La Cruz-Badianus Manuscript of 1552, the earliest known New World document on herbal medicine, suggests that the focus on reviving run-down rulers was unique to Aztec culture.

The common folks of Aztec society also suffered from fatigue, Bye says, but they got a more pedestrian remedy: Healers simply boiled a few herbs in water and used the liquid to wash the victim's feet.
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Title Annotation:bathing in mixture of herbs, animal blood and bird gizzard stones
Author:Fackelmann, Kathy A.
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 27, 1993
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