Hildegard of Bigen – Ellen Kamhi
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a Benedictine Nun who is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. Through mystical visions, psychic impressions and observation of nature, she developed a system of natural therapies, using food, gemstones and medicinal herbs. In this presentation, we will investigate her recommendations based on diagnosis, prognosis, and treatments which combined physical treatment with holistic methods centered on “spiritual healing”, including the application of tinctures, herbs, and precious stones, recognizing that the four elements (fire, air, water, and earth), the four seasons, the four humors, the four zones of the earth, and the four major winds must be kept in balance. We will also review modern Scientific Validation that supports the continued use of her methods.