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TEACHING COURSE ON TRADITIONAL HELLENIC MEDICINE AND HERBS

TEACHING COURSE ON TRADITIONAL HELLENIC MEDICINE AND HERBS

AKADIMIA OF ANCIENT GREEK AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE is very pleased to announce the realization of a teaching course on the basic principles of Traditional Hellenic Medicine and Traditional Hellenic Herbology. Please visit the link to learn all information about the course!

Nowadays with the modern scientific Medicine being so against human nature with medical drugs, operations, vaccinations, and so on the only hope we have as humanity is to turn our vision to the traditional medical systems. Traditional Hellenic medicine is one of the oldest medical traditions worldwide. THM has influenced all the known medical systems of our times, like Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, Traditional Persian Medicine and so on. THM has also influenced the modern scientific Medicine.

Now for the first time we can have a closer contact with one of the most important medical traditions of the world. AKADIMIA OF ANCIENT GREEK AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE has been working many years for the revival of Traditional Hellenic Medicine. All our work is based on the Hippocratic corpus and for the first time in the history of medicine we are going to teach directly from the ancient Hippocratic texts.

It’s about a whole year teaching course, one weekend every month, totally ten weekends from October 2022 till May 2023.

The course is consisted of two parts. The first part is consisted of the 6 first weekends and includes the basic principles of Traditional Hellenic Medicine as well as one introducing weekend on Hippocratic Meridian Network and Greek Acupuncture.

PART A CONTENTS AND DATES:

15-16/10/2022.
Brief History of Traditional Hellenic Medicine. The influence of THM on the medical traditions worldwide.
The importance of THM in the modern times.
Introduction of the basic books of THM (Hippocrates, Plato, etc.).
Basic Principles of THM: Holism and the connection between microcosmos and macrocosmos.
The observation of the weather according to the moon and the influence on human beings.
About Fire and Water. The duality of Yin-Yang in THM.
About the four elements (fire, air, water, earth) and the four humors (humoral theory).

19-20/11/2022.
About the three substances that constitute the human body and the three parts of the soul.
About the concept and the flow of energy Qi.
About quintessence.

10-11/12/2022.
About the internal fire. About the soul.

21-22/1/2023.
About patients and diseases and the protection system of the human body.

18-19/2/2023.
about the human body and the organs.

18-19/3/2023.
About Traditional Hellenic Acupuncture method.
Introduction of the Hippocratic Meridians and points.
Importance of Acupuncture as a therapeutic tool.

The second part is consisted of the rest 4 weekends and includes teaching material and use of the most important issues from the Traditional Hellenic Herbology.

PART B: CLASSES ON THE GREEK HERBALIST TRADITION:

1-2/4/2023, 22-23/4/2023, 6-7/5/2023, 20-21/5/2023

The Ancient Hellenic Medicine is considered one of the three main ancient medical traditions in human history; the other two being Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Ancient Greek Medicine, developed on the foundations of the rich flora of the Mediterranean Basin, the philosophical quests of the Greek civilization, as well as the older medical traditions of Mesopotamia and Egypt, constructed an advanced and elaborate system of herbal treatment. Its core used the philosophical principles of the Opposites (fire and water, hot and cold, moist and dry), the Four Elements (Fire, Air, Water and Earth) and the Four Humors (Yellow Bile, Blood, Phlegm and Black Bile), as well as the rhythmical transformations of Nature (seasons, lunar months, day and night etc.).

In these series of lectures, we are going to study a number of herbs, their tastes, qualities, uses and the different ways to combine them. Our guides will be the most important of the classical texts: the Corpus Hippocraticum, which laid the basis of dietetics, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, although its main herbal work named “Pharmakitis” is now lost, and “De Materia Medica” by Dioscorides, a true cornerstone for the herbals that followed during the next centuries, influencing tremendously the Latin, Arabic and Persian medical traditions.

We are going to ask Galen’s expert opinion for the better understanding of the constitutions of both humans and herbs, as well as their playful interaction, submersing in his monumental work “De Simplicium Medicamentorum Temperamentis ac Facultatibus”. Texts written by other important byzantine authors, like Oribasius, Aetius of Amida, Paul of Aegina and Alexander of Tralles, to name a few, will also elaborate us on the later uses and combinations of herbal products.

Following this very long tradition, the actions and uses of the plants are going to be discussed in terms of their attributed tastes and qualities, classified in degrees of hot and cold, moist and dry, according to ascending or descending movements, their influence on different organs, their affiliation with seasons or planets etc.

This approach, based on the actual physiology and understanding of the human-herb interaction of the Greek medical tradition is going to enhance the understanding of both students and experts of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, or practitioners of various schools of herbology, so they would be able to compare the different plants or approach the same plant from different angles, or even to be able to substitute some Chinese or Indian herbs with their European equivalents. Nevertheless, we are going to parallel these interpretations with modern knowledge on plant pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

We welcome you to join us in a beautiful travel, immersing in the depths of the Ancient Hellenic Medicine. A travel that we believe it will prove crucial to the broadening of your therapeutic horizons. A spiritual journey that will bring you to the very roots of medical thought, medical ethics, and medical philosophy, those very things we miss today in our practice.

Please visit the link to learn all information about the course!