doctrine of signatures


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doctrine of signatures

Aromatherapy
A posit proposed by M Maury that the shape, appearance and scent of a particular flower provides information on its particular use.
 
Herbal medicine
A belief held in the pre-scientific era that the shape and colour of a particular plant provided information on its best uses.
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She sources information from books, and is interested in interpreting herb properties according to the doctrine of signatures. (43) Favourite herbs include sow thistle, ribwort, clover flowers, and wild lettuce, in tea, salads or stews, and lungwort (Pulmonaria spp.) for short-term use during coughs or chest infection (although cautious not to overuse herbs, she sidesteps warnings about pyrrolizidine alkaloid content precluding all internal use).
She will host Matthew Wood as he explores Traditional Western Herbalism through Plant Energetics and the Doctrine of Signatures during a weekend workshop June 24th and 25th.
We find in the Doctrine of Signatures that if a plant resembles a part of the body or body fluid, it will tend to be beneficial to that area.
Because the shelled nut resembles the brain it was adopted by the practitioners of 'The Doctrine of Signatures' -- a theory that nature indicated some plants could cure certain ailments by the shape of the leaf or seed: ie Lungwort -- first established by Dioscorides and Galen, then further developed by Paracelcus until it reached its zenith in the 17 th century when it was embraced by puritan physicians that believed God had ordered it so.
Under the doctrine of signatures – a medieval practice where plants were used to treat the ailments of organs they looked like – celandines were used as a cure for piles.
Under the doctrine of signatures - a medieval practice where plants were used to treat the ailments of organs they looked like - celandines were used as a cure for piles.
An ancient tradition of the "doctrine of signatures" states that looking at the characteristics of a plant will indicate what it might be good for.
There is a theory that its potential to cure and alleviate infections of the eye originated with the 'Doctrine of Signatures' developed by Paracelsus: 'That nature or god marked the plants to indicate their curative powers': the flowers of Eyebright resemble a conjunctive and bloodshot eye.

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