Aus der Hexenküche der Medizin From magic potion to modern medicine

Lecture for children by Prof. Dr. Dietrich Grönemeyer
2. September
11:00 am

The alternative herbal medicine is an ancient science that has been already practised in the ancient world. Later, in the Middle Ages, medicine practitioners collected antique writings from monasteries and created their own manuscripts of botanical medicine.
The abbess Hildegard von Bingen wrote the most famous piece of such a work. She was a musician and medical practitioner at the same time and you could call her a witch by all means using herbal medicine. At that time of couse, nobody would name her a witch, because these were said to have a bondage with the devil and to possess magical power. This prejudice had its culmination in the witch-hunting. Nevertheless, mediaevil medical science does not only suffice in the pratice of herbal medicine. As a basis, one had the teachings on the four humours: blood, phlegm, yellow gall and black gall. It was believed that these four humours ought to be in balance. One assumed that people who were ill suffered from an imbalance of the four humours. For instance, a melancolic person was assumed to possess too much black gall in his body. In order to re-establish bodily harmony patients were often venesected. This teaching is not any longer of any significance today. Herbal treatment however becomes more and more important in the current medical science and a lot of  the healing power of medicinal plants is still waiting to be discovered.
Dietrich Grönemeyer will also talk about what we all can do to live with heart and soul. And he will show exciting insights of the human body that most of us have not seen before.

Free admission. We kindly ask for registration at the Junge Triennale in advance.