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Monday, July 6, 2009

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, and the Use of Herbs and Healing Plants

Hippocrates (460 B.C. - 377 B.C), the Greek healer and physician, is known by most people who are interested in plants and who use them to heal. Long before aromatherapy essential oils were in common usage, many people used the actual plant to heal. Hippocrates is accredited with changing the way medicine was viewed and used healing plants as part of his hippocratic theory.

Hippocrates used ginger as ' warming' herb to soothe 'cold' conditions and he used members of the mint family to 'cool' 'warming' conditions; much of what is written about Hippocrates is subject to different verifications/interpretations but he did contribute much to medicine as we know it today.

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