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Hippocrates was a Greek physician who is often quoted as the father of Medicine. Dating back to 460 B.C. his wisdom still sticks with us more than 2,400 years later. His words of wisdom for living a healthy life rich in health and vitality will keep you wise and healthy. We’ve all heard his quote… Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. What other words of wisdom does he have to share? if you’re a subscriber or follower of Healthy Wild And Free you most likely subscribe to the idea of food being used as medicine and see the value there.

Hippocrates had many words of wisdom to share, which is why i’m sharing them with you today. So that you can benefit from his wisdom and his philosophies that were proven true by science thousands of years later.

17 Hippocrates Quotes On Health:

  1. Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity – Hippocrates

  2. Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates

  3. To do nothing is also a good remedy. – Hippocrates

  4. Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm. – Hippocrates

  5. Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always. – Hippocrates

  6. Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.  – Hippocrates

  7. What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will. – Hippocrates

  8. A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. – Hippocrates

  9. It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has. – Hippocrates

  10. Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. – Hippocrates

  11. Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm. – Hippocrates

  12. Life is short, the art long. – Hippocrates

  13. The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words. – Hippocrates

  14. A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician. – Hippocrates

  15. Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases. – Hippocrates

  16. Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. – Hippocrates

  17. Many Admire, Few Know. – Hippocrates

The greatest teachers tell you where to look, not what to see. So in that fashion I will leave the interpretation of these quotes up to you to interpret how you see fit. I will say however, that Hippocrates understood that medicine wasn’t a one size-fits all approach and that he practiced medicine on a higher level than many do today.

Understanding that astrology plays a role, that causes and symptoms were signs to understand the big picture and understanding that practices as simple as walking benefited human health are sadly more advanced ideas than what many physicians understand today. We can all learn from Hippocrates in our daily life to live healthier and physicians can study his work more deeply to better serve their patients.