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Hildegard of Bingen – A Great Saint and Mystic

The Benedictine Hildegard of Bingen lived between 1098 and 1179. She was one of the great saints and mystics of the Middle Ages. She composed church music and wrote several important works about her visions, including Scivias (Know the Ways), Causae et Curae (which describes the causes, symptoms and treatments of diseases) and the Pysica (which describes the healing powers of plants, animals and stones).

In her texts, she wrote about the creation of the world and the cosmos through the elements of fire, water, air and earth, which hold both the world and its people together. From fire comes heat, from water the blood, from air the breath and from earth comes the flesh.

Hildegard of Bingen essentially based her diagnoses and prescriptions on the theory of humours, phlegm and mucus. She differentiated between dry, moist, spongy and warm. If one of these humours predominated, illnesses could arise.

She considered the body and soul to be insepa rable; therefore, many diseases often have psychological causes.

In her treatments, she prescribed herbs and precious stones, and freed the body of bad humours through various detoxification and purifying procedures:

  • Bloodletting
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion

Concerning diet, Hildegard of Bingen placed great importance on spelt. Spelt is an ancient grain and is essential for well being and health. The spelt grain contains many nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, trace elements, vitamins and cellulose.

Here are a few indications:

Spelt stimulates kidney and bowel function, promotes and stimulates circulation, reduces fatigue, pain and dizziness, improves concentration, stimulates resistance to colds, relieves asthma attacks and much more.

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