Understanding the Principle of Graeco-Arabic Medicine

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Someone asked me what Graeco-Arabic Medicine is in a previous post about bay leaf, if I didn't get it wrong. Anyway, that gives me a chance to write about the traditional philosophy, thank you for reminding me my friend.



The Graeco-Arabic traditions sprang from the wisdom of classical Greece since the 5th century and are still a cultural part in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent.


The four elements


The ancient Greece believed that the material universe was composed of four basic elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth. There was another invisible element and most powerful element called Aether. Aether was the foundation of the four elements, and created them in the order of Fire, Air, Water and Earth, which was why Fire was the most energetic element of all.



Humans were also considered to be composed of the four elements, which got together and created a vital force called pneuma. Health of humans depended on pneuma to the ancient Greece.



The four qualities


The four qualities were Warmth, Dryness, Coldness and Moisture. Each of the four elements expresses two qualities, thus linking the elements. Fire is Dry and Warm, Air is Warm and Moist, Water is Moist and Cold and Earth is Cold and Dry.


The elements and qualities are also linked to seasons, daily time periods, climatic influences, medicines, etc. For example, Spring is considered to belong to the Air because it is Warm and Dry.


I kept this picture big so that you can read the texts clearly.


You are also welcome to view other links about Graeco-Arabic Medicine:

10 herbs from Graeco-Arabic Medicine series

Chapter 1: Milk Thistle for Treating Diabetes

Chapter 2: Olive Leaf to Treat Cardiovascular and Boost Immune System

Chapter 3: Feverfew to Prevent Migraine Headache

Chapter 4: Black Seed for Boosting Immune System

Chapter 5: Bay Leaf and Fruits for Treating Diabetes

Chapter 6: Carob Treats Diarrhea and High Cholesterol

Chapter 7: A Gift to Jesus Christ: Myrrh for Indigestion and Ulcers

Chapter 8: Senna: A Laxative and an Aid to Treat Constipation

Chapter 9: Chicory Helps Digest and Lower Blood Sugar

Chapter 10: Pomegranate Juice Lowers High Blood Pressure

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Never heard of it before. These signs and elements you put here are a little bit crotchety…I don't know. But everything related to Arabia is somehow weird and incomprehensible I think.
You won't know how the ancestors thought. They could always come up with some weird things somehow.
I love the element and quality things!
I should balance my four qualities of Warmth, Dryness, Coldness and Moisture to keep my pneuma.
Hahaha you're a quick learner!

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