The term “natural medicine” indicates any form of healthcare and therapeutics relying on natural remedies only. Many human societes have made and make use of this healing method, based on the use of herb and physical remedies rather than medicinal or surgical ones.

Examples of the practice of natural medicine can be found in ancient times too, for instance among the Lusatian culture. This is dated to 1300-500 BC and located in the modern areas of Eastern Germany and Poland. Healers of the Lusatian culture used herbs such as meadowsweet, black elder or water pepper to prepare medical remedies.

Healing practices have always been a pre-eminent way to show care for one another and to ensure the wellfare of human communities.

Artist: Laura Balcerek

A women preparing healing herbs at Biskupin
An image of herbs used in healing by the lusatian culture. water pepper, st john's wort, meadowsweet, black elder

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