Complexity Medicine: Addressing the Nature Defict Disorder and the Disorder of a Defict Nature













Natura Medica

Nature as Medicine



Vis medicatrix naturae, or "The healing power of nature" is the embodiment of the ancient Hippocratic ideal. "Nature is the physician of diseases", is a phrase attributed to Hippocrates himself. Within the framework of Natura Medica, beyond viewing Nature as a medicine (a pragmatic outlook), we can choose to see that Nature, in its totality, is the medicine (an aesthetic gaze).


By deeply immersing ourselves in the natural world, we begin to realign and reconnect with the greater rhythms of Life. Our alienation from such, results in what the writer, Richard Louve, has coined the “Nature Deficit Disorder”, or a collective syndrome of mental and physical illness brought about from our disconnection from the soil, the waters, the forests, and the sky.


Natura Medica will explore our relation, as human beings, between culture (cultivation) and our evolutionary imperatives, and how all of this goes to shaping our perceptions of the wild. Beyond sustainably, we will be examining a return to a state of health (at all levels of abstraction: individual, community, ecological, evolutionary) through the themes of resilience, regeneration, renewal, restoration, and rewilding. Topics of investigation and research will include an exploration of our relationship to nature via ancient wilderness life skills, herbal pharmacopeias (traditional materia medica), wilderness medicine, and permaculture principles and design.


"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."

                                                            Erma Bombeck

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”                                                                                                                          ― Hippocrates




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Complexity Medicine