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  • Writer's pictureReuben Berger

Hippocrates Prescription for healthy living

Hippocrates (460- 375 bce) was known as the 'Father of Modern Medicine'; he was a Greek physician of the classical period who is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine.

Hippocrates stated, "The way to health is an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day." This quote speaks to the power of aromatherapy in promoting relaxation and well-being. It is no wonder that so many people continue to turn to this ancient practice for relief from stress, anxiety and other ailments"

It seems few actually follow his prescriptions for good health. one of the most popular methods for using essential oils that is still used today, namely diffusers, can be traced back to Hippocrates. He would often hang pots of essential oils near the head of his patients in order to help them breathe in the therapeutic vapors.

Imagine how different the world would be if our days incorporated what Hippocrates prescribed thousands of years ago.

Here are a few more of his profound nuggets of wisdom mostly focused on health and wellness...

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

“Walking is man's best medicine. ”

“It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”

“Primum non nocerum. (First do no harm)”

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

“Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that make him sick.”

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

“All disease begins in the gut.”

"To eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness".

From Wikipedia, "Hippocrates is credited as the first person to believe that diseases were caused naturally, not because of superstition and gods. He was acknowledged by the disciples of Pythagoras for allying philosophy and medicine. He separated the discipline of medicine from religion, believing and arguing that disease was not a punishment inflicted by the gods but rather the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits."

By challenging the role of gods and mystical beliefs in regard to health and wellness, he was thrown in prison for his views. It is believed that he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. After being released, he was forced to leave his homeland of Greece.

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