The Hippocratic Oath is often quoted in alternative health circles, and it is still taken today by those practicing allopathic medicine. Written in iconic Greek in the late 5th century BCE, the oath is considered the gold-standard by which modern medicine should be practiced. Hippocrates is considered by many to be the ‘Father of Medicine,’ however, he was actually preceded by more than 2000 years by another, one whose name has been forgotten.
There are some that say the Pythagoreans actually wrote Hippocrates’ oath, but there is clear evidence that the Greek physician stood on some very large shoulders, even as the “descendant” of (the doctor-god) Asclepios. Even before these meta-physicians there was another man, named ‘I am that.’
The Medicine God Before Hippocrates
In ancient Egypt there was a ‘Medicine God’ known as Imhotep. He was a real person that lived in service to a pharaoh during the third dynasty. His skills were many. He excelled as a priest, a writer, a doctor, and he founded the Egyptian version of the studies of architecture and astronomy. He is credited with building the first pyramid created entirely with stone by human hands – the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, near Memphis. He is also touted as being the only ascended mortal in the Pharaonic pantheon— an advisor to kings, builder of pyramids, and paragon of knowledge who rose to become the god of healing and science.
The smooth-sided pyramid that Imhotep built became an inspiration for other pyramids built-in later dynasties, and pilgrims traveled from far away places to see this tribute to Djoser. He healed many people at his pyramid. It became a sort of Lourdes of ancient Egypt. It gained Imhotep great fame, and likely due to its existence Imhotep was named “God of medicine and architecture.”
Imhotep, in ancient Egyptian is translated to mean “the voice (or mouth) of Im”; however, there is no record of a god in Egypt called ‘Im.’ Many are familiar with the “I AM”: EXO 3:14
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”God told Moses to tell the pharaoh that “I AM” had sent him because “I AM” was the name by which the Egyptians had known Joseph’s God. Some speculate that the “Im” could have been “I AM”.
The name the Bible states was given to Joseph by the pharaoh, “Zaphenath-paneah”, has been translated by some to mean, “the God lives; the God speaks”. Since we do not fully understand the meaning of the Egyptian “hotep”, it is quite possible that the translation of Imhotep (“The voice of I AM) is identical to the Biblical name of Joseph (“the God lives; the God speaks).
Regardless of the truth in various legends of Imhotep, he was real in flesh and bone. Archeologists were even wary of a man with such influence in Egypt, but excavations carried out at the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, unearthed fragments of a statue of pharaoh Djoser whom Imhotep was said to serve. The base was inscribed with the names of Djoser and of “Imhotep, Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt, Chief under the King, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary Lord, High Priest of Heliopolis, Imhotep the Builder, the Sculptor, the Maker of Stone Vases…”.
The legend of Imhotep has been swallowed with time, and the modern adoption of the Hippocratic oath, but his teachings would benefit us in the modern world just as much as they did the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
Imhotep’s Lost Teachings
His most important doctrine is that knowledge, science, and magic should be used to help humanity. Magic and the use of herbalism were the first forms of ‘medicine’ though Imhotep practiced surgery and cured people from over 200 diseases – ailments as varied as tuberculosis, gallstones, appendicitis, gout and arthritis. He practiced dentistry and could look at the hair, nails, skin, and tongue to make diagnoses.
While Thoth taught to collect knowledge for knowledge’s sake, and Anubis guarded secrets of herbalism and magic, Imhotep insisted that knowledge was only useful if it was applied for the good of all. Though Imhotep is not a god of magic, his doctrine applies to magic as much as to the science of engineering. The appropriate use of magic, at least in his time, was to help others, not harm them, which rings with familiarity for those versed in the Hippocratic oath:
Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.”While not explicitly pacifistic, Imhotep placed much more emphasis on healing than on warfare, in stark contrast to other Pharaonic deities.
Imhotep’s legacy has become ironic in a time when ‘war’ is practiced through medicine on the people of the world. The world of medicine has been militarized and corporatized, and while Hippocrates once said that ‘war is the only proper school for a surgeon’ he likely did not intend for biowarfare, or chemical pharmaceuticals to be in our water, food, and even our air.
From the medical experimentation in Nazi and Japanese internment camps, to the mass experiments being conducted on the whole of the planet through geoengineering, as well as the pharmaceutical industries’ profiteering, we live completely at odds with Imhotep’s dictum to ‘do no harm.’
Our knowledge is used to advance the lives of a few, and kept hidden from the many. Free or cheap energy is still guarded in government patent offices. Natural healers like Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet and Dr. Mitchell Gaynor are hunted down by FDA agents and shot in the chest or found dead in the woods, and those who would use ‘magic’ to cure the masses are made to wear tinfoil hats.
What has happened to the ancient and wide teachings of medicine men like Imhotep? Their ideas and moral standards have been excommunicated from the cultural pantheon. In modern times we don’t build pyramids dedicated to healing, we build hospitals funded with Big Pharma drug money to make people sicker.
Imhotep’s influence on ancient Egypt was so profound that they gave him the status of a god as a mere mortal, yet most people today have never heard of the man. Is it because his ideas, like those of Leonardo da Vinci and Aristotle are too big for the small, modern mind, dumbed down by toxic water, GM food, and endless infomercials to wrap itself around logic like this:
“Guard against the vice of greed: a grievous sickness without cure. There is no treatment for it.” ~ ImhotepAbout the Author:
Christina Sarich is a writer, musician, yogi, and humanitarian with an expansive repertoire. Her thousands of articles can be found all over the Internet, and her insights also appear in magazines as diverse as Weston A. Price, Nexus, Atlantis Rising, and the Cuyamungue Institute, among others. She was recently a featured author in the Journal, “Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and Healing Arts,” and her commentary on healing, ascension, and human potential inform a large body of the alternative news lexicon. She has been invited to appear on numerous radio shows, including Health Conspiracy Radio, Dr. Gregory Smith’s Show, and dozens more. The second edition of her book, Pharma Sutra, will be released soon.
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