The aim of this course is to analyze the energetic behavior and the therapeutic properties of Greek herbs. This course focuses on the study and analysis of Greek herbs. About 60 Greek herbs – from well-known (e.g. nettle, mallow, etc.) to lesser-known (thistle, burdock, etc.)- have been selected to be analyzed.
The herbs will be discussed both from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine and from the standpoint of ancient Greek medicine, according to the texts of Hippocrates, Galen and Dioskouridis, and extensive references to later Byzantine and post Byzantine «iatrosofia» (nostrum), thus attempting a connection to ancient tradition with contemporary popular herbal medicine.
Historical evidence of the evolution of ancient Greek and Byzantine medicine tradition.
Basic study of palaeography (study of manuscripts).
Manufacturing of simple medicines (decoction, injectors, tincture, etc.).
Basic elements in Taxonomy (systematic botany, botanical characteristics).
Description of modern methods of study of natural medicinal materials (ethno-herbal medicine, pharmaceutical, etc.).
Analysis of at least 60 herbs based on ancient and recent sources.
References in modern literature and the biochemical properties of plants.