«Ηγεμονικώτερον απάντων φύσις»
Social responsibility is rooted deep into APIVITA’s DNA. The creation and maintenance of the Hippocrates Botanical Garden on the island of Kos is an integral part of our activities in this respect.Covering an area of 1.2 acres, the Hippocrates Botanical Garden of Kos was established at the Hippocratic Melathron, in Platani, Kos, where the International Hippocratic Foundation is based, and is adjacent to the archaeological site of the Asclepieion. The creation of the garden involved planting around 250 plants known to have been used by Hippocrates in his medical practice. “Hippocrates 2500 years”, an NGO, ensures the garden’s sustainability and promotes research, study and public awareness of Hippocrates’ work.
Nowadays, the work of the “Father of Medicine” is acknowledged and studied globally. It is really remarkable that today we use the same herbs and plants that Hippocrates used, and still benefit from their therapeutic, aromatic and cosmetic properties. Hippocrates’ Hypericum or St. John’s Wort is popular for its anti-inflammatory and healing action; Dittany acts as a tonic or stimulant and is suitable for gynecological disorders; the celebrated Willow – provides the raw material for aspirin; Mandrake, known for its mild anti-depressant effects; Cistus and Chaste tree and Ivy, plants that are very popular for their healing properties.
Work began there at the end of 2006 and the main objective was to create a microcosm of the environment in which Hippocrates lived and worked. Landscaping architects designed the paths taking care not to upset the natural beauty of the local environment. Planting grounds for each group of plants are next to the paths. Signs give information about each plant’s Latin and common Greek names, as well as its name and therapeutic properties according to Hippocrates. The aims of the program include the establishment of an international research center for Hippocratic plants within the grounds of the Hippocrates Botanical Garden. This center will study the active ingredients, properties and uses of the plants in order to identify medicinal or cosmetic properties that can be used in the development of new medicines, functional foods and cosmetics. The ultimate objective is the creation of a social, environmental and cultural work that will form a valuable endowment for future generations worldwide.
For us, at APIVITA, the Hippocrates Botanical Garden of Kos is a tribute to the father of Medicine, our constant and greatest source of inspiration.
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