Irish indigenous medicine has a long history and we can trace it from the legends, through the legal tracts, the medical manuscripts, and the National Folklore Collection to the present day.
For at least a thousand years Irish Brehon law required universal health care for all its citizens and detailed requirements for providing water, cleanliness and fresh air. The English colonist determined these laws to be “old, lewd and unreasonable” and were outlawed in the mid 17th century. This strand of the Thread of Traditional Irish Medicine is provided by Irish College of Traditional and Integrative Medicine www.irishtraditionalmedicine.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The Irish healing tradition is of considerable value in clinical practice as it resonates with Irish race memory and cultural beliefs. As a health care professional it opens new perspectives on healing and new insights into the integration of medical science with indigenous medical beliefs and culture. This is what Dr. Rhodes says of this new understanding of medicine. "My first contact with herbal medicine was through the ICTIM. They taught me important things about herbal science ... to see the herbs as a living being ... Understanding that herbs are part of the universe and thus we are somehow connected with them, and with everything else, has changed my way of thinking the therapeutic process entirely ... the things I learned [at] ICTIM are always a part of my medical thinking process, because it changed the way I understand medicine and the treatment process, and for that I am really grateful." Dr. Ciro Rhodes, Sao Paulo, Brazil. e
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