The doctrine of signatures is the age-old belief that plants resemble the very body physician Paracelsus () was a notable advocate of the doctrine of. Key Words: Doctrine of signatures, medicinal plant selection, medicinal plants, organoleptic properties, transmission of knowledge, Paracelsus, signatures. The Doctrine of Signatures may have been a medical concept of the ancient was revived by “Paracelsus” (Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), a.

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This faculty jumps ahead, intuitively grasping new concepts and situations — the intuition. I remember, when I first read this I thought it was utterly ridiculous, but after nearly a decade working in an herb store I came to recognize, from pure experience, that there were plants with leaves that stuck together, when the vast majority signagures not. Docgrine birth, elder, cherry, and sumac are indicated [as well as tag alder] Harris, Thus, both the old philosophers and the new saw great importance in the use of signatures, archetypes, and intuition in human endevour, not only because of the facts learned, but the way of learning them, which encouraged an aspect of spiritual life.

The appearance of hairs all over the plant also resembles the hair on our heads. This site uses paracelsuus.

Doctrine of signatures – Wikipedia

In the plant world it appears in the seed and fruit. These plants are high in minerals and bitters that cleanse the blood and liver. Changes in the environment of a plant will change its chemistry and thus its medicinal properties. Herbs and shrubs found growing on the banks of clear ponds and fast-moving brooks are mostly indicated as diuretics, such as horsetail, bedstraw, assorted aromatic mints, smartweed, black alder, water agrimony, and hydrangea.

Goethe tried to establish a science based on analogical psracelsus. I would simplify matters by explaining that he is talking about what we would today call the three embryological tissues and the constitutions siggnatures to each. For if We rightly consider the Addresses of this Divine Contemplation of Herbs and Plants, with what alluring Steps and Paces the Study of them directs Us to an admiration of the Supream Wisdome, we cannot even from these inferiour things arrive somewhat near unto a heavenly Contentment; a contentment indeed next to that Blessednesse of Fruition, which is onely in the other World; for all our Signatuges here having but the fading Aids of Sense are beholding, or rather subjected to our human Frailties, so that they must in respect of our Expectations in some kind or other ever fall short.


What it does not have is Airy or Fiery qualities — the flowers are little, hard to pollinate, and seldom bear viable seed.

Both elk and deer medicines are ‘love medicine. The title refers to the commonly held belief in the ancient and Renaissance era, that when Adam was in Eden naming the creatures that he was in fact recognizing their archetypal properties and giving them the appropriate names reflecting their true nature.

The root of the word animal means doctrjne which moves. You are commenting using your WordPress. John’s wort Hypericum perforatumand gentian Gentiana spp.

And indeed, many of them contain volatile oils which relax the nervous system, especially of the digestive tract. Small round, gland-like structures are an excellent indicator for the lymphatics. A theological justification was made for this philosophy: Spock, a representation of an intuitive and a rational thinker. Retrieved 11 November It is, rather, as if the Earth is a living organism, which consciously takes care of itself.

An inflammation may be reduced and disease be prevented by the use of the following: Lungs Shortness of breath, coughs, hoarseness, expectoration. Infor example, when cholera destroyed many Austrian cities and orthodox medicine was unable to stop its spread, the government turned in desperation to homeopathy and built a quick and crude hospital in which patients could be treated.

Doctrine of signatures

I asked him why this plant was used in this way, and he indicated the pattern on the stem which looks identical to the snakes in the forest. Groups of plants sharing the same signature would probably be indicated for similar ailments or application to the same general area of the body.

Earthly processes are slow and grounded. I remember Michael Tierra, many years ago, saying that resins went down into the lungs, clung to the mucus, and helped bring it up. The color may be seen in any part of the plant, not just the flower, fruit, or decoction, but it is less often seen in the leaves and stems.


This is not emphasized enough in traditional herbal literature. However, this wisdom does not answer all the questions of human nature.

Prickly lettuce is a pain reliever and sedative in coughs. Thus, the human archetype contains within it the archetype of all the animals and plants. Usually Snake medicines look snake-like.

Referring to the docctrine passage, someone once asked the author what Goethe’s description might have sounded like, and he then wrote the following, putting it the way Goethe might have put it.

The Doctrine of Signatures and Healing Plants – Healthy Hildegard

These indications and others from herbalist Lise Wolff, of Minne-apolis. These remedies act on the adrenal cortex, to fatten up, or strengthen the parasympathetic, to relax and dream. Young leaves of the plant are suitable for salads or cooked like spinach. Today we have effective modern tools to evaluate the efficacy and healing properties of plants, animals, minerals, and synthetic substances, but how did people in earlier times evaluate the natural resources available to treat their illnesses?

Burdock heads reflect the use of the plant in hair loss from unhealthy scalp problems. An American Indian healer pointed out another signature with this, however. This observable framework was both practical and spiritual, in that it afforded a means to name and categorize the natural world while adhering to the mystical and theological beliefs of the period.

Concepts similar to the doctrine of signatures may be found in folk or indigenous medicines, and in modern alternative medicines. Serpentaria Rauwolfia resembles a snake and is an old traditional remedy for snake-bite. These are dealt with elsewhere in our studies. Nine hundred years latter, Proclus, the second to the last Archon of the Academy founded by Plato the first Archonshowed that Aristotle had misunderstood Plato’s discussion of elements and qualities, and that in fact Aristotle’s logic was wrong.

Scudder in the United States, built systems of medicine using herbs based on empiricism and specificity which contribute to our knowledge of simpling, but which did not use signatures and similars.