The Art of Healing in Ancient Egypt
Ancient healing methods, popular for thousands of years in Middle Eastern countries, are slowly gaining explosive popularity in Western societies. In other words: The West is waking up.
On its map are yoga, meditation, and energy healing. These very old methods come in all kinds of variations, forms, or names. They are all practices that strongly support self healing processes while benefiting the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of the human body.
Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician (5th century BC) who is seen as the father of Western medicine, once stated: “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
Indigenous cultures before Hippocrates’ time viewed the human body as an energy vessel with the innate capacity to heal itself. What we nowadays call a holistic approach to medical treatments – not seldom with a critical eye from Western doctors – this distinction was foreign to ancient cultures of Egypt, Babylonian, Roman, Greece, China, or India.
Back then, their medicine men or doctors embraced the energetic part of the human body and included ceremonies such as chanting, drumming or dancing in their medical practices to create a certain vibration in the body, which enables a shift of energy where healing could begin.
Very often the doctors accompanied their healing methods with magical rituals, respective spells, or animal parts. In the history of medicine, sickness has been connected to the will of god(s), demons, supernatural powers, or witchcraft.
Energetic Healing in Ancient Egypt Similar to the Ying and Yang concept of the traditional Chinese medicine the Ancient Egyptians had Ba and Ka, two sources of vital energy which flow through the human system.
The Egyptians believed when both energy streams run properly trough the body the flawless functionality of its organs is guaranteed. Hence, when they would be interrupted a sickness was very likely to occur.
Balancing their body’s energy flow was considered a habitual necessary act. The Ancient Egyptians used so called “Wands of Horus”, which were metal cylinders containing specific materials to improve the immune and nervous system or physical condition.
Some historians even connect the usage of these cylinders by pharaohs and priests as a tool for attainment, enabling them to further their energy and psychic abilities and hence, preparing them for the “Intercourse with the Gods”.
The knowledge of Ancient Egyptians was not based on any faith, mystic or esoteric doctrines, but rather on universal principles which they grasped from a very early stage on.
The Ancient Egyptians used so called “Wands of Horus”, which were metal cylinders containing specific materials to improve the immune and nervous system or physical condition.
Medical Philosophy in Ancient Egypt In Ancient Egypt, to be able to heal a person meant to possess the wisdom of the universe, astronomy, energy, sound, or number.
Clement of Alexandria (3 rd century BC), a Christian Theologian, discovered that learning how to heal was the final stage of the priesthood process, which included a combined understanding of physical and spiritual illness and cures.
The priests were required to first go through an intense self healing process where all his/her own blocks, pain, and issues were cleared in order to be able to provide full healing for others.
In Ancient Egypt, to be able to heal a person meant to possess the wisdom of the universe, astronomy, energy, sound or number.
The philosophy or belief here was that a priest- or doctor-to- would become pure enough to be able to connect to spirits. Once they connected they would find out if their patient’s higher self would still need the illness to learn their life’s lessons, or if they were ready to let go of it and to be healed.
The ancient Egyptian healers treated everything as a whole where an outer illness was only a sign of an inner problem, a spiritual cause of a physical ailment.
Medical Scripts of Ancient Egypt Given that medicine in Ancient Egypt was mostly based on spiritual abilities und universal wisdom, it ultimately developed medical procedures in the areas of anatomy, clinical diagnostics and public health. Most of the translated medical papyri even enclose medical knowledge and treatments similar to the modern Western ones.
Although temples were the main places of healing the Ancient Egyptians also created other institutions used for medical purposes named “Houses of Life” during the first Dynasty from 34-30 BCE.
The first surgery which was even taken place in Egypt is believed to have occurred around 2750 BCE. Early historical records of medicine show that the first physician known by name was the Egyptian Imhotep (27th century BC).
The Edwin Smith Papyrus is the most popular Egyptian script which contains a large list of diagnosis and treatments of different diseases. According to findings in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, main medical practices in Ancient Egypt were similar to what we nowadays call Modern Chinese Medicine. This type of healing practice typically included herbs, acupuncture, reflexology, Yoga, and Qi Gong.
Furthermore, the papyrus states that every priest/healer was a follower of Thoth (God of Moon, Magic, and Writing) and Sekhmet (Goddess of Destruction and Healing). Through Thoth they gained wisdom about connecting with the spirits. enabling them to find the root cause of illnesses.
Whereas from Sekhmet they learned about the body’s energy veins (meridians), energy centers (chakras), and how to heal any type of disease.
According to findings in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, main medical practices in Ancient Egypt were similar to what we nowadays call Modern Chinese Medicine.
Energy Healing in Modern Times Today, these subtle energy systems are being acknowledged by scientific research, beyond the Newtonian law and based on Einstein’s teachings of energy and physics. Quantum Physics and its description of energy fields paved the way how healers treat the human body.
Experts in quantum physics have proven that everything is energy and everything affects everything else. What ancient societies already knew is that there is a unified field of energy around the body which is part of the body.
The energy corresponds to objects, thoughts, emotions, the space between objects, light, sound. Therefore, if this energy field is re-aligned the whole body will follow suit.
Energy Healing is seen as a “new” field for Western medicine, which generally ignores the fact that it has been partially including energy in its own healing practices. While curing a patient taking his/her mindset into consideration is already a form of energy healing, as thoughts and emotions are nothing less than energy.
Science has proven that healing will be promoted by thinking positive thoughts and emotions, while having negative thoughts and emotions hinder healing. Eventually we come to the conclusion that Western and non-Western healing methods could somehow be equally effective.
For further reading I recommend: The Healing Gods of Ancient Civilizations (1925), by Walter Addison Jayne, M.D. The Secret Medicine of the Pharaohs: Ancient Egyptian Healing by Cornelius Stetter