The Legend of the Honey Mummy
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One of the strangest stories told in Chinese medical documents is about the mellified man. According to legend, elderly men living in Arabia would volunteer to become actual medicine. These men, who were in their 70s and 80s, agreed to go on a diet of only honey. They ate honey, drank honey, and even bathed in honey. Once the men died, they were placed in a specially prepared stone coffin and then covered completely with honey. The pieces of the honey mummy were placed on wounded arms, legs, and broken bones to heal them. A very small amount taken internally was said to cure the most severe sickness. Scientists have discovered that honey's antibacterial qualities make it good for treating wounds. Cuts and scrapes heal better when they are rubbed with honey.