Hildegard of Bingen's MedicineNotes from "Hildegard of Bingen's Medicine" by Dr. Wighard Strehlow and Gottfried Hertzka MD. 1988
Modern medicine has some 6000 diagnoses, Hildegard grouped them all into 80. She saw three categories: Ectodermal, Mesodermal and Endodermal diseases.
Four elementsThe four elements work together to make a living organism. Order, balance and harmony are required. (This is much like homeopathy.
In balance we are healthy... when one overpowers the others, it is like a storm or earthquake... damaging the delicate balance causing illness. Treatments are to restore balance.
Hildegard saw everything in religious context. Illness was a form of disharmony, brought by Lucifer and the expulsion of Adam from the Garden of Eden.
The Hildegard DietShe notes that diseases like cancer and arthritis can be prevented with proper diet.
Breakfast: Hot cereal either spelt or oatmeal. Anything made from flour is good. Avoid cold foods in the morning. Healthy people can skip breakfast, since it increases the appetite. Breakfast is necessary in times of ill health or stamina.
Have a regular rhythm to your meals, this is good for the body.
Drink liquids as you eat, this is important.
Do not start meal with salad or fruit. This will hamper digestion. Best to eat fruits and vegetables interspersed with the main meal rather than before or after.
Fennel in all forms is 100% good for you. If you are eating fried foods, always have fennel with it. She likes fennel seeds.
Pellitory is another favorite of Hildegard.
Avoid heavy foods before sleeping and do not sleep immediately after eating.
Worst things in the modern diet by Hildegard's standards:
Grains: SPELT is best, then oats (Leads to beautiful skin, health and happiness), whole wheat or graham flour, and rye. Barley "injures healthy people, and those with anemia and poor circulation" since it is lacking in some nutrients.
Vegetables: Beans: green, soy or lima, all beans are good. "Fennel makes us happy" and is good for skin and digestion. Celery, chickpeas, pumpkin, watercress, red beets, lettuce, chestnuts, onions, corn-on-the cob, broccoli.
NOTE: I'm wondering about corn on the cob reference here, since this is a food supposedly from the Americas which were discovered some 2 hundred years after Hildegard.
FruitsL Apples, cherries, quince (good for rheumetism and arthritis), red and black currents, grapes, Raspberries, black berries, citrus, Cornel cherries, Melons, dates
Meats; Fish, Poultry, chicken, lamb, Goat (spring and summer), Venison
Hildegard on AngerIn anger a person loses all understanding during an outburst of anger, and destroys every good seed within him/her. No self-respect, nor respect for others, but follows only inner drives.
Anger causes one to speak"I will crush and destroy everything that is in my way. With my sword I strike around me, with my club I blast it all!"
Anger - Black Bile
The eyesFire and water. The pupil is the sun, the grey ring around the pupil is the moon. the white is clouds.
SkinViolet Salve is an important remedy. Take violets, press their juice and strain it. (Or buy essential oil). Weigh olive oil to one third weight of the violet juice and an equal part of goat fat. Simmer in a new pot. It will become a salve.
When you get a wound treat it immediately with European Vervain ( Verbina Officinalis)if it begins to look infected.
Take three teaspoons of whole linseed ( Linem usitatissimum) boiled in 2 cups (.5 liter) of water. Cook until water becomes slimy like jelly. It will foam heavily. Then strain, so you have only the water. Use Linen cloth - the material is important here - soaked in the warm water and place on the burn. Change when the cloth dries or becomes unpleasantly cold.
Rheumatism and gout indicated to Hildegard a struggle for life, with fear or with a disturbance of metabolism through overeating and drinking. Hildegard called it Paralyse catarrh or Gutta
Rheumatism includes all sorts of irritation or disease of joints and connective tissue.
Rebalancing the body and hormones needs to be done.
Healing forces of the four elements Curative value in proper food and drink Power of life itself through exercise and rest Restoration of health through sleeping and waking Regeneration through elimination and secretion Healing force found in Christian Virtues
The gold cure is recommended (see below). gold is warm, and like element air
Arthritic ointment: vermouth and deer fat rubbed into painful area in front of a fire made from elm wood.
Hildegard on CancerHildegard saw cancer as a disease caused emotions. That these emotions could alter what we now say is alters the body on a molecular level.
She saw the importance of treating cancer in its earliest stages, must as we do now.
"Most cancer patients are lovable persons, cooperative and helpful, flexible and self-sacrificing They acknowledge religion and authority and are prepared to ake their place in society and carry responsibility. Nevertheless, they are not able to master the crises in their lives, so that through the loss of a mateor goal they collapse with laming fatigue, doubt and chronic hopelessness. Their life is marked by frustration, inner emptiness and aimlessness"
Childhood experiences: Disturbances in early childhood are repressed as unresolved conflicts in the subconscious. - lack of warmth from one or both parents, divorce or loss of a parent. These unresolved patterns are repeated in adulthood and when there is a loss or grand disappointment this can lead to a severe life crisis and old wounds break out. This pain is silently swallowed and powers of resistance by weaken and cancer break out."
Modern research shows that hope, joy and affection strengthen the immune system. while hopelessness, fear and doubt stimulate hormone production in the CNS (Cortisol, insulin, histamine) Weakening the resistance and immune system.
Yarrow Treatment for CancerBefore cancer surgery: take yarrow (sneezewort: Achillea millifolium). Three days before the operation take three pinches of yarrow powder daily, first in fennel tea, later in warm wine or heart wine. After operation, continue the same amount for 8 more days. This helps stop any metastasis from the operation. Promotes healing.
Drink yarrow in warm water when any internal problems from things like surgery or cancer.
Anguillanhoneywine-vinegar extract made from eel gall, ginger, long pepper, basil, ivory powder and powdered vulture beak (vulture should have died by accident, not disease). Hildegard had to wait four years to get vulture beak.
This treatment is used in homeopathic dilutions, D6, D12, D30 = 6 drops in heart wine. continue for 4-6 weeks while following Spelt diet. Avoid "the kitchen poisons": strawberries, peaches, plums, leeks, animal protein, nightshade plants liek potatoes, tomatoes and green peppers.
Vulture was used for 4000 years as a remedy.
Breast cancerHildegard has a separate chapter for breast cancer.
Duckweed elixerMake a honeywine extract with Cinnamon, ginger, white pepper, sage, fennel, rue, tormentil (potentilla tormentilla), field mustard (sinapis arvensis), wild bedstraw (galium aparine). Add to duckweed (lemna minor). Take 20 ml (a sherry glass) before breakfast and before bed.
Foods for happinessThis shows foods Hildegard recommends to counteract black bile or melancholy.
Hildegard mentions that answering "Why are you here?" or "what is bothering you?" begins to help a patient.
Nerve cookiesImprove mood and mind. Recipe by Hildegard
1.5 c butter 3 c brown sugar 2 eggs well beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 cups flour 2.5 tsp cinnamon 2.5 tsp nutmeg .5 tsp cloves 1 cup ground or chopped almonds (optional)
Quenched WineQuenching reduces the alcohol content of the wine (does not get rid of all alcohol)
1 glass best wine you have heat to boiling in a pan Put aside 1/2 c of cold water When bubble surface on the wine, pour in water in one swift motion Pour back into glass and sip
Gold cureGold paste and gold cookies are a two day cure to be taken once a year to ward off ills. (too much gold taken internally can cause real problems so do some research before trying this one.
Day Onemake gold paste from .6 gram of pure gold powder, 1 tablespoon of spelt flour, 1 tsp of water taken half hour before breakfast.
Day TwoMake as before, but bake. Eat gold cookie half hour before breakfast.
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