[Monastery Medicine - What's the story behind it? What's reasonable, what's no good?]

Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift (1946)

PubMedID: 27975361

Will H, Eisenmann-Tappe I. [Monastery Medicine - What's the story behind it? What's reasonable, what's no good?]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2016;141(25):1858-1862.
"Monastery medicine" refers to the traditional medieval European medicine, which was above all in the hands of monks and nuns. We warn against the uncritical application of the historical treatment recommendations, such as by Hildegard von Bingen, as herbal humoralpathological drugs are not always harmless. Modern phytotherapy, however, is well-founded in science. Combined with adapted monastic elements such as dietetics and regulative therapy, as the basis of a "new monastery medicine", it can be used as a supplement to academic medicine.