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Hildegard of Bingen - naturopath  

Hildegard of Bingen is one of the most important and fascinating female figures of the Middle Ages (approx. 1098 – 1179). She was abbess, visionary, naturopath and composer. In those days, she was considered a polymath who published works on religion, medicine, music, ethics and cosmology, which even today still receive attention. In 2012 Pope Benedikt XVI canonized her. 

Anyone interested in naturopathy will eventually come across the name of Saint Hildegard of Bingen. Her approach was holistic: To be or become healthy one's entire life must be in harmony with God and one must follow some basic principles. In her medicine, Hildegard combined Christian rules, traditional Greek-Latin medicine, folk medicine and knowledge gained from her visions. She compiled advice and recipes for a healthy life from a variety of areas - including medicinal plants, gemstones, nutrition, lifestyle, spirituality and balneology. The book "Natur- und Heilkunde" -- "Nature and Naturopathy" (original title: Liber subtilitatum diversarum naturarum creaturarum) is probably the most popular work of the fascinating abbess. Unfortunately, it is also the book whose authenticity is least secure. In other words, nobody can really say how much "Hildegard" is in the commercially marketed and so-called "Hildegard Medicine".

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