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Hippocrates and ancient wisdom

Hippocrates and ancient wisdom from College of Medicine on Vimeo.

Dr Eleni Tsiompanou Eleni is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Pembridge Palliative Care Centre, Central London Community Healthcare Trust is the founder of the Health-Being Institute ( As part of Eleni’s Master’s Degree in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, her specialist thesis was on ‘Food as Medicine: from Hippocrates to Modern Times’. She has a Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition.

Here she describes what we can learn from the health practices of ancient Greece – making her starting point the 4th century BC temple where the doctor-god Aesclepius was worshipped and various herbs and healing interventions were practiced, including access to nature and even dancing.