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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I don’t know how I knew this, but it is true — at least it is true in American Indian herbalism and we see some vestiges of it in European and Chinese herbalism as well. In my experience, this is the remedy for the most extreme, unbearable pain, the pain of torture, where people writhe in agony from lack of relief. The corn or crop dies and by late summer the ‘hole’ in the field is filled with smartweed. Thus, celandine and American mayapple act powerfully on liver and gallbladder.

True Solomon’s seal has roots that look like vertebra, knuckles, joints, sockets, and bones of all kinds, while the leaves attach on the stalks like muscles attaching to bones — this is an excellent remedy for tendons, ligaments, joints, and probably for bones as well. It also allows for intellectual movement, for animals do think.

Doctrine of signatures – Wikipedia

Thus, Steiner associated it with the nervous system in animals, the next development beyond the plant level. He defined the organic processes of growth, healing, and disease in relationship to the four elements paracwlsus the three alchemical substances more clearly than did Goethe.

These plants are not warming, but ‘insulating,’ i. Those herbs with sharp thorns or prickles signify their application in cases of pain. The first plant of the spring, pasqueflower Anemone wolfgangianais covered with fur.

Spock, a representation of an intuitive and a rational thinker. They both pointed out the pair of white hooks resembling snake fangs, so that I would remember it.

The poet fell silent; his majestic eye, having regained its old, sun-like power, roamed thoughtfully, in contemplation, as paraclsus over distant fields where it beheld what cannot be expressed in words. This was not just idle speculation on the part of Paracelsus; nature itself taught him the truth of it.


This is found in the mint family and blue vervain. When a plant resembles an animal body or part, or is especially used by an animal for food or medicine, then it is pointed out to us as a specially powerful and important medicine. Water pepper or smartweed has the same signature.

That property belongs only to humanity. This had given a positive turn during the crisis when administered by Huschke the day before. We look for green in leaves that are intensely green, like spinach, nettle, horsetail, and comfrey. Wild yam, nettle, bittersweet vine Celastrusground pine Lycopodium. Another signature for adhering to mucus and bringing it up is the presence of resin in a plant.

These usually act on the kidneys and balance male hormones. Thus, for instance, he discovered the principles of developmental morphology. I would simplify matters by explaining that he is talking signatuures what we would today call the three embryological tissues and the constitutions related to each.

Paraceslus it was probably being used in an elderly patient to stir up the circulation.

The root is an excellent remedy for some head injuries — also try calamus root and its cousin black cohosh. Watersnake or Underwater Panther medicine supports the water in the body. Sometimes the signature can be accounted for only by a leap of the imagination.

Doctrine of signatures

Steiner argued that the true self was not bad or greedy or self-possessed, but innately virtuous because of it’s spiritual grounding.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I always had known that the most powerful way to arrange and understand herbs was by their association with animals. These medicines usually look like Snake and antidote poisons: Michel Foucault expressed the wider usage of the doctrine of signatures, which rendered allegory more real and more cogent than it appears to a modern eye:.

These indications and others from herbalist Lise Wolff, of Minne-apolis. Some trees switch during their life time. True Solomon’s seal, False Solomon’s seal Smilicina; prefers to be called ‘dragon root’Jack in the Pulpit, white water lily, yellow water lily.

A plant family in which the Air element is evident, and which has a powerful influence on the nervous system is the Lamiaceae mint. 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. Within the traditional use of similarity and signature we find tendencies in both directions. The Canadian poet Anne Szumigalski—, entitled her third full-length collection “Doctrine of Signatures”.


Hence, oak is a powerful astringent.

Arnica is a somewhat toxic plant. Thus, for instance, the mint and parsley family are airy and billowy, but the former is more warming rosemary, thyme, marjoram, wild bergamotwhile the latter is more moist and earthy lovage, carrot, parsley. Red root has nodules on the roots which quickly dry up and disappear after the plant is pulled from the ground. A theological justification, as stated by botanists such as William Coleswas that God would have wanted to show men what plants would be useful for.

Instead of tedious memorization of the various uses of a plant, the doctrine of signatures offers in many though not all cases a reliable system of connecting the herb with its remedial use through symbolic association. Comfrey roots are coated black, but underneath they have a calcium-white like color. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Today most of our important alteratives burdock, dandelion, nettle, yellow dock root, and red clover are distinguished by the fact that they are common agricultural weeds.

The 16 th century alchemist and philosopher, Aureolus Phillippus Theophrastus Bombast — better known as Paracelsus — introduced this notion in his Doctrine of Signatures treatise, which proposed that the Creator has placed his seal on plants to indicate their medicinal uses.

They provide the primal bedrock on which life is to be built.

The Doctrine of Signatures and Healing Plants – Healthy Hildegard

The doctrine of signatures is the age-old belief that plants resemble the very body parts they are intended to treat. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Medicines that make the digestate go downwards in the GI tract, and that look like like badgers or people: In the plant world it appears in the seed and fruit.