How were medicines in medieval Europe different from today’s medicines? Today, we use medicines made from plants similar to how the medieval people did, but the medicines we have currently are more effective because of the science and knowledge behind them. Before the Black Death, many people in medieval Europe had great faith in God; they fully believed that God was the one to heal them when they were ill. Although, after the Black Death, people realised that going to God for healing was not working, because even the religious leaders were not able to limit the effects of the plague, therefore the Church was weakened in society. Afterwards, people began to find out more about the human body, and over time accurate medicines were created with successful treatments. Rather than the medicines we use today, people in medieval Europe used herbs (like radish, bishopwort, garlic, wormwood, helenium, crop leek, and hollow leek) for medicine, but they mainly used particular treatments like bloodletting to cure their patients. Doctors in medieval Europe would diagnose the problem, prescribe the treatment, and then maybe refer the patient to a surgeon, only the wealthy could afford this process. Monks, nuns, or women healers would help the poor with health issues. Today, we can afford a variety of medicines, but only some medieval people could afford the luxury of medicine.