By Patricia Ann Clark
N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a computing device containing clinical lore handed down via his family members over generations. the current quantity bargains an variation of this workstation including an English translation, the 1st of its type. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks courting often to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, in addition to snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary suggestion, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either interesting and of serious significance, iatrosophia enable glimpses of classical and Byzantine clinical 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 zone, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy historic, geographical and social history. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation supply context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good info valuable for an exceptional knowing of the textual content. The plentiful materia medica of the workstation is taken care of in a considerable appendix. every one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an summary of its a number of names in the course of the millennia. Such entries are usually not just a key to knowing the Greek scientific legacy, but in addition a shiny representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.
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This pressing action helps to break down ﬁbrotic tissues and stimulate the production of more elastic ﬁbers. The blood flow through the entire affected musculature is enhanced. This brings increased nutrients and oxygen into the area and helps to flush out toxins, carbon dioxide, and other metabolic byproducts. STRETCHING TECHNIQUES The numerous sustained stretches in a Thai massage session are applied in various directions. The practitioner strives to alter the vectors of approach to the stretches, thereby delivering a diversity of signals to the brain.
Qxd 7/24/06 9:19 AM Page 41 Chapter 3 C L I E N T I N S U P I N E P O S I T I O N 6. Palm press down along the top of the feet, stretching both the feet and the ankles. The feet are kept in line with the legs so that there will be an extension of the tendons of the foot and ankle. The ﬁrst palm press is just in front of the ankle, the second in the middle of the foot over the arch, and the third is over the toes. Palm press back from toes to ankles in a sequential movement pattern in positions 1, 2, 3, 2, 1.
Remain seated in the same position to begin treatment of the lateral aspect of the closest leg. Hold at the ankle and at the iliac spine and stretch the entire leg. Palm press from the hip to the knee with one hand and from the ankle to the knee with the other hand. Continue with palm presses up and down the entire lateral aspect of the leg (Figure 3-15). qxd 48 7/24/06 9:19 AM Page 48 Unit Two P R A C T I C A L A P P L I C AT I O N ■ Thumb-chasing-thumb on lateral leg Sen. Line 1 press: tibialis anterior, superior border of IT tract, vastus lateralis, rectus femoris (side).
A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary by Patricia Ann Clark