A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, by Patricia Ann Clark

By Patricia Ann Clark

N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a computing device containing clinical lore handed down via his kin over generations. the current quantity deals an version of this computing device including an English translation, the 1st of its sort. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks courting normally to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, in addition to snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary suggestion, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either attention-grabbing and of serious significance, iatrosophia permit glimpses of classical and Byzantine scientific assets and illustrate the power and resilience of Greek conventional scientific and botanical wisdom.

From years spent exploring neighborhood therapeutic customs in Crete's Amari sector, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy old, geographical and social historical past. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation provide context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good details valuable for an outstanding knowing of the textual content. The considerable materia medica of the laptop is handled in a considerable appendix. each one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its quite a few names during the millennia. Such entries usually are not just a key to figuring out the Greek scientific legacy, but in addition a brilliant representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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Absence of exercise and sex will cause Kidney yang deficiency, which will further inhibit the interest and ability to perform sex or physical exercise. Have you noticed someone in love? They are beaming from head to toe and have a body language boasting vitality and confidence. Those who indulge in regular physical exercise also show a wellbeing and youthfulness which cannot be bought with creams and massages. In women of menstruating age, regular menstrual cycles and trouble-free periods are a good way of maintaining a healthy Kidney yang.

Of the organs of the five elements, the Lung and Large Intestine of the metal element are the most vulnerable to climatic dryness. A dry climate has less moisture. When we expose our body to climatic dryness (such as by using central heating in the winter months), it takes moisture away from the body. The parts of the body first affected by the dryness are the skin and the respiratory system. The stools may also become dry as the coupled organ is affected in the same way as the Lung. Dryness causes a hard and rough skin that is often exacerbated or caused by Kidney yin deficiency, as Kidneys irrigate the entire body.

Treatment of Triple Warmer Qi deficiency ■ UB 22, UB 39, Lu 5, Sp 6, K 7. Treatment of Spleen Qi deficiency ■ ■ ■ ■ UB 20, St 40, Sp 1. Massage the skin surface with light moisturizer to improve circulation. When treating oily skin, some subcutaneous local needling helps. When treating dry areas, better results may be obtained by tonifying the yin of the organs in that area. For example, dry legs would benefit from Kidney yin tonification, point K 7; or dry arms with point Lu 9 or H 9. 5 Wood – Liver and Gall Bladder 55 28 COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE The skin has a complex relationship with the Zang Fu other than the Lung and cannot be singularly considered or treated.

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