The 19th Century Watershed
On-Demand, Self-Paced Course
Culture and Health
Irish Healing Traditions
Module 1 - Understanding the Language
Certificate of Completion
Health care professionals, Anthropologists, and Ethnologists
This module explores the major influences on Irish traditional medicine in the 19th century.
This course is the fourth in the complete series: The Irish Healing Tradition. The webinars discuss the state of Irish indigenous medicine in the 19th century and how it was influenced by the introduction of a national system of primary education, the great famine, the loss of the language, the growth in power of the Roman Catholic church, and emigration.
"My first contact with herbal medicine was through the ICTIM. They taught me important things about herbal science, but they also taught me to see the herbs as a living being, that interacts with people and all the environment. Understanding that herbs are part of the universe and thus we are somehow connected with them, and with everything else, has changed my way of thinking the therapeutic process entirely. Although I continued my studies more specifically on Chinese herbal medicine, the things I learned from Mrs. Rosari and the other teachers from ICTIM are always a part of my medical thinking process, because it changed the way I understand medicine and the treatment process, and for that I am really grateful."
This module explores the different language used to describe traditional medicine, as well as indigenous knowledge and its presence in Irish folklore and traditional medicine.
This module examines the scope of healing evident in legend, myth, and the middle ages.
This module identifies the role of medical families and the influence of herbals in plant medicine practice from the 15th to the 21st century.
This module explores the effects of a changing worldview on Irish indigenous medicine in the 20th century.