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IN OMG! ON 18 Jun, 2015
The Victorian era was the time when technological inventions began and people started to change their living standards. It gave us the tools for medical treatments, which became the inspiration for today's developments. We truly respect our history. Yes, we respect, but surely do not totally agree with their lifestyle. People in the ancient times used to follow some bizarre trends probably without giving a single thought. They were using arsenic to look beautiful and young, as it was sold openly to anyone in the cheapest prize. They wore seemingly fashionable corsets that were actually uncomfortable and unhealthy and also used to go through the weird body piercings to look fashionable and stylish. We have adopted many things from the Victorian times, but surely these fads are not our cup of tea.
Hysterical Paroxysm was a catch-all diagnosis for every female problem from about 1859. Be it a nervous disorder or depression, in the Victorian era it was considered a female hysteria and was cured by giving a "pelvic massage." It can also be said "masturbation." It was one of the medical treatments adopted by doctors of the Victorian era to cure emotional outburst or other mental issues. For masturbation, they either used their hands or electric vibrators until patients achieved "Hysterical Paroxysm" or orgasm. From the past times. Orgasm is proved beneficial for women health.
Young Victorian girls in their young age used to practice fasting and claimed to survive for indefinitely long periods of time without consuming any food and water. They ate nothing more than air. They just used to pretend that they have an incredible magical power within, that has kept them alive, but their suffering was clearly visible on their faces.
For us, tattoos and skin arts are quite fashionable, and we like to flaunt it. But back in the time, only criminals and sailors used to get inked.
In 1862, when the Prince of Wales (son of Queen Victoria) thought to have a tattoo while visiting Jerusalem, started a new trend among the rich societies. People were so fond of getting tattoos that in 1898, there were 100,000 people in London had tattoos.
In the Victorian era, diseases like tuberculosis, insomnia, baldness, impotence including hysteria in women were cured by hydrotherapy. One who went through this therapy required to go inside either hot or extremely cold water tub. It was also called "water cure" and many doctors in history started their hydrotherapy clinics, especially for wealthy patients.
When it comes to delicious food, many of us don't think about obesity. People in the Victorian era were also at ease about excessive consumption and obesity. But in the late Victorian times many men and women adapted the physical culture and embraced exercising, dieting and workouts in their routine. When people followed for fitness, there were around 200 physical centers opened, and nearly five magazines published in Europe.
Electropathy and magnetism were the awesome inventions in Victorian era in the field of medicine. In electropathy, electric shocks were given to patients to cure gout, muscular weakness, rheumatism, torpid liver and hysteria too. Sometimes ailments were cured through electropathy but sometimes these shocks left burns on the body.
Magnetism was also used to relieve pains, grow hair and cure indigestion.
Women in the Victorian Era collapsed at the drop of a hat. If they heard any shocking news, startled or frightened, they would faint. Were the Victorain women so delicate that they would faint for the silliest of the reasons?
Well, in those times, swooning was socially acceptable since women were supposed to be dainty.
In the late Victorian times, the fad of nipple piercing came into practice among the fashionable women. There were Parisian and English jewelers to provide these bizarre piercing services to the ancient women. Wealthy ladies used to wear gold bosom rings on the nipples after getting pierced. They embraced this unusual nipple piercing fad because they had a belief that wearing rings on the nipple would make their breasts go rounder and more attractive.
Victorian fashionable women used to wear corsets to reduce their waists, support their bosoms and to their figure. But some ladies used to wear extremely tight corsets to get waist as narrow as sixteen inches or even less than that. These weird fashion trend among women might be one of the causes of their poor health.
In the late Victorian times, women used to apply arsenic products on their body, everything, bath soap and beauty products contained arsenic. These dangerous products were regularly used by Victorian ladies to get fair and younger looking skin. Some men used to take arsenic pills to stimulate their libidos. It didn't work for them at all, but the entire Victorian era was awash in Arsenic.