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Holistic Perspectives in Traditional Hellenic Medicine

Traditional Hellenic Medicine can be seen as a holistic system of health with wellness practices which have been passed down through generations of Greek people. It includes:

The experience of millennia of use and experimentation.

Folk medicine technologies which are taught informally through practice.

The home remedies that Greek people take with them to live in other continents.

Preventative and curative cultural traditions.

The survival techniques of Greece’s prehistoric inhabitants.

Using a holistic perspective to understand Traditional Hellenic Medicine, we find well-known theories and practices such as Humoralism and the Mediterranean Diet. This class will explore the other components of Traditional Hellenic Medicine, which are often under documented due to their informal, prehistoric or spiritually-oriented nature. We will look at holistic systems and examples of folk medicine from around the world, as well as from the beginning of time. Using a holistic health analysis methodology, we will outline some of the basic practices of Traditional Hellenic Medicine, including home remedies and herbalism that is still in use today.

Part 1:  Pharmacognosy, Pre-history & Artistic Representation

Introduction to Holistic Perspectives

Comparative view of clinical and folk branches of THM

Prehistoric & Instinctual Pharmacognosy

Ancient artistic representations of THM & entheogenic plant use

Part 2: Holistic Perspectives in Ancestral Practices & Herbalism

Using a holistic health system to analyze traditional medicine

Examples of Greek ancestral practices using the holistic health approach

Categories of ancestral herbalism – external, edible, soothing teas and specialized herbs

Applications in public health policy

Please visit our Youtube channel to watch the video of Rachel Thomas about “Interdisciplinary Approach to the Validation of Ancient Greek Medicine” and other relative videos presented on the 1st and 2nd Panhellenic Congress of Traditional Hellenic Medicine!

Please visit this link to read Rachels Thomas’ study of Traditional Hellenic Medicine in Siatista – Greece.


Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas, H.C., is a Folk Medicine Specialist and Health Consultant. She has a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Education from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as a certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In the year 2003, Rachel founded the Hidden Garden Ethnobotanical Sanctuary in Costa Rica, where she has been conserving medicinal plants, documenting ethnobotanical data and promoting the sustainable practice of folk medicine. She is currently researching the traditional medicine of her ancestral lands of Northern Greece.

Rachel presents her work on Traditional Medicine through classes, retreats and professional conferences, including the International Herb Symposium, the New England Women’s Herbal Conference and the 2nd Panhellenic Congress on Traditional Hellenic Medicine. She has published articles in the Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, as well as in a variety of online magazines. This includes her own website, ancientwellnesstools.com, where Rachel also offers individual health consultations using holistic, ancestral wellness techniques.



Part 1:  Pharmacognosy, Pre-history & Artistic Representation

Saturday 3rd of December 2022 from 4pm to 6pm Greek time.

Part 2: Holistic Perspectives in Ancestral Practices & Herbalism

Saturday 14th of January from 4pm to 6pm Greek time.

Hours: 16:00-18:00 (Greek time zone)

Where: Online

Contact: info@akadimia.gr

Cost of participation: 30 euro per lesson (paypal account: paypal.me/TilikidisAlexandros / Please send us an email with your payment receipt at info@akadimia.gr and your full name)

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