By Hildegard of Bingen
Natural medication / heritage of drugs
“Saint, mystic, healer, visionary, fighter, Hildegard von Bingen stands as one of many nice figures within the historical past of girls in drugs. She wrote profusely on a large choice of matters, greater than the other girl of her time. . . . She used to be a pal and correspondent of popes, emperors, and queens and was once well known and revered for her therapeutic paintings and her unique theories of medicine.”
--Elisabeth Brooke, in Women Healers
At a time whilst few ladies may well write and so much have been denied a proper schooling, Hildegard von Bingen turned a mythical healer, visionary, musician, artist, poet, and saint. Her works comprise twenty-seven symphonic compositions; Scivias, a compilation of her visions; and her significant clinical works, Causae et Curae, a clinical compendium, and Physica, released the following in English in its entirety for the 1st time.
In Physica, Hildegard provides 9 “books” of therapeutic structures: vegetation, components, timber, Stones, Fish, Birds, Animals, Reptiles, and Metals. In every one ebook she discusses the characteristics of those typical creations and elaborates on their medicinal use, explaining the right way to arrange and observe varied treatments. With its emphasis on balancing the humors, Physica has robust affinity with the Oriental scientific techniques gaining nice recognize at the present time. the trendy reader attracted to average therapeutic will realize the big fact within the theories of this twelth-century surgeon, lots of which turn out powerful at the present time, serving as a reminder that our treatments for sickness depend upon our flora and fauna and our position in it. As Hildegard states in Physica, “With earth was once the person created. all of the parts served mankind and, sensing that he used to be alive, they busied themselves in assisting his lifestyles in each way.”
A Latin and Greek student, translator PRISCILLA THROOP holds a master’s measure from the Centre for Medieval stories on the collage of Toronto, in addition to a certificates of complicated Theological stories from the Episcopal Divinity tuition in Cambridge. She is a member of the Vermont Classical Language organization and is at the moment translating Isidore of Seville’s Etymologiae. She lives in Charlotte, Vermont.
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