By Patricia Ann Clark
N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a workstation containing scientific lore handed down via his relatives over generations. the current quantity deals an variation of this workstation including an English translation, the 1st of its style. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, sensible handbooks courting frequently to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, in addition to snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary recommendation, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either attention-grabbing and of severe value, iatrosophia enable glimpses of classical and Byzantine scientific resources and illustrate the power and resilience of Greek conventional scientific and botanical wisdom.
From years spent exploring neighborhood therapeutic customs in Crete's Amari quarter, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy old, geographical and social history. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation supply context to the iatrosophion and supply the really expert info priceless for a superb realizing of the textual content. The considerable materia medica of the pc is taken care of in a considerable appendix. each one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its a variety of names in the course of the millennia. Such entries aren't just a key to knowing the Greek scientific legacy, but additionally a shiny representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.
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Simplicity in approaching the treatment will help each practitioner develop a unique approach to treating the hands. As the hands are smaller in area to work than the feet, the hand positions for reaching the reflex points can be varied to suit the practitioner, so that the most comfortable position is achieved for both client and practitioner. For example, many more of the points can be worked with the fingers rather than the thumb and many of the reflex areas are smaller so fewer rows are worked (liver is two small rows on the hand rather than three on the foot).
Make a 'bird's beak' with the thumb, and the first and second finger of the left hand. Place at the base of the big toe on the medial side. With the first and second fingers work around the front of the big toe with bites, in rows, working higher with each row until you reach the base of the toenail. 66. Back of neck Hold the same fingers to support the front of the big toe. With the left thumb work the back of the big toe, taking bites medial to lateral in three rows, each row lower than the other, until you reach the base of the big toe.
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