The Return of the Healing Feminine

Sophia's Children

Marble relief of Asclepius and Hygieia. Therme of Salonika, classical period, last quarter of the 5th ct. BC. Istanbul Archaeological Museum inv. no. 109 T (Mendel 91). PD-US, Wikimedia. Marble relief of Asclepius and Hygieia. Therme of Salonika, classical period, last quarter of the 5th ct. BC. Istanbul Archaeological Museum inv. no. 109 T (Mendel 91). PD-US, Wikimedia.

“I swear by Apollo The Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the Gods and Goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.”

The above is from the original Hippocratic Oath — a statement of loyalty to a very specific code of ethics taken by healers and physicians, derived from the wisdom of master-physician of ancient Greece, Hippocrates.

Hippocrates also emphasized the merits of apple cider vinegar and walking – he was wise indeed!

The Hippocratic Oath taken by modern-day physicians weeded out the overt references to the Greek pantheon, though still focuses very much on the heart and spirit of the original –…

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