Journey into the mind and body alchemy of Hippocratic Medicine

Everything to know about Hippocratic Medicine and how to adopt it into your daily life. Embark on a healing odyssey and uncover the ancient magic and wisdom of Hippocratic Medicine to live a more holistic life

Modern medicine stands as a wondrous gift, advancing at an exhilarating rate that has transformed once-unthinkable procedures into routine practices. The rise of state-of-the-art technology and the emergence of new specialties showcase the extraordinary progress in healthcare. Yet, amidst the dazzling innovations, it is essential to reflect on the fact that modern medicine’s roots are inextricably intertwined with the ancient Greek practice of Hippocratic Medicine. 

This timeless wisdom, rooted in the healing traditions of ancient Greece, continues to exert its influence in the contemporary medical landscape. It acts as a guiding force for practitioners, reminding them of the profound importance of a holistic approach to health. In embracing the ancient principles of Hippocratic Medicine, modern healthcare finds a harmonious balance between cutting-edge advancements and time-honoured wisdom.

Understanding Hippocratic Medicine

The concept of Hippocratic Medicine can be traced back to one luminary figure - the venerable Hippocrates of Kos. Often heralded as the “Father of Medicine”, Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician, was not only driven by the pursuit of remedies but also the mystical interplay between health and the human experience. He was aware that health was not solely the absence of disease but a harmonious equilibrium of body, mind, and spirit. These keen observations and empathetic insights have transcended into a healing legacy that endures to this day.

Mind, body, and spirit in harmony

Unlike a reductionist view that isolates ailments from their physical body, Hippocratic Medicine recognizes the profound influence of mental and emotional well-being on physical health. This enhanced view promoted an effective treatment of the symptoms and the cultivation of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The four humours

Hippocrates introduced the concept of the four humours: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. These were believed to govern the individual's overall temperament and health. Should any of the four fall out of balance, the body will start to develop disease and illness. While this theory has since evolved, the core value of balance and harmony remains an important part of health and wellness today.


Holistic healing in action

The landscape of healing has changed beyond recognition since the days of Hippocrates. However, as healthcare progresses, the call for a holistic paradigm resonates louder than ever. Our attention is being shifted beyond isolated symptoms and drawn towards the broader concept of well-being. By honouring the old ways of healing, we are gifted with the opportunity to explore the profound impact our lifestyle choices and environmental factors have on our overall health.

Diet and lifestyle

Hippocrates emphasised the magic that diet and lifestyle had on maintaining optimum health.

The adage “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” encapsulates the belief that a balanced diet is the foundation of good health.

Environmental factors

Ancient physicians championed that clean air, pure water, and a harmonious living environment were essential for well-being. Providing the right environment for the individual to thrive created a mind, body and soul alignment that holistically fostered good health.

Incorporating Hippocratic Medicine into your stay

During your stay at EcoHotel El Agua, a carefully curated menu of holistic mind-body treatments is available. These packages combine elements of Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, Phytotherapy and Homeopathy to create a balanced and transformative experience for guests.

Treatments for the mind

Stress and emotional problems cause mental fatigue which interferes with the healing process in an extremely negative way. Mental hygiene practices, stress management techniques and relaxation exercises all provide a way for the mind to recalibrate. From art therapy workshops that promote a deeper sense of self to the Asanas holistic program which incorporates an irresistible mix of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and pranayama breathing exercises - let your mind heal itself during your stay.

Treatments for the body

A poor diet prevents the body from functioning well and creates an environment that harbours disease. Guests can wake up each morning and drink a glass of phytonutrient-rich remineralizing green juice to aid in detoxing and even opt for all their meals to be lovingly prepared for them using raw and revitalising foods, by the in-house chef, Chef Kalo. Epigenetic testing, regenerative fasting (a concept that triggers "autophagy") and light purification are some of the other holistic health options to tempt those keen to rebalance their bodies. Personal training, yoga, WimHof, and massage sessions can also be organised upon request.

Treatments for the soul

The relaxing oasis of EcoHotel El Agua is the panacea that tired souls crave. Yet, there is so much more available to lift your spirits than calming Feng Shui and Wabi Sabi-inspired decor. Private concerts organised just for you amidst the revitalising panorama of the Arico Valley allow your soul to reground and connect with nature’s vibrational energies. But it doesn’t stop there. The expertly crafted “Water for Health” program, based on elements of hydrotherapy and Hippocratic Medicine harnesses the power of water to create a state of deep relaxation, which in turn aids healing.

Start your holistic health journey

As we navigate the complexities of modern life, Hippocratic Medicine’s holistic approach, acknowledging the intricate interplay of body, mind, and spirit, reminds us that true health is a harmonious balance. Let us guide you on your holistic health journey during your stay.