Avicenna (born 980 in Uzbekistan- died 1037, Hamadan) was a physician who became the most influential philosopher-scientist not only in the Persian world but also in medieval Europe. One of the first people to use the scientific method while conducting experiments, his outcomes were recorded in over 400 different works but only around 250 have survived. His most famous surviving works include over 100 philosophical explorations condenses into an encyclopedia called The Book of Healing and approximately 50 works concentrating on medicine called The Canon of Medicine. In fact, The Canon of Medicine was a standard text used in European Universities as late as 1650.
In his medical work, The Canon of Medicine, Avicenna was interested in the effect of the mind on the body, and wrote a great deal on psychology and how it affected one’s health. In addition, after conducting experiments, he was one of the first to write about:
In his philosophical work, The Book of Healing, Avicenna focused on healing one’s spirit. Influenced by both ancient Greek and Persian philosophers, the book was divided into four sections, logic, natural sciences, mathematics (subdivided into arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music), and metaphysics. This collecting included:
Avicenna, the person, influenced the entire world by his scientific based approach to all he encountered.
We at Avicenna Integrative Medicine seek to influence or sphere of influence by using the same approach and treating each person as an individual.