Cost: US$ 70.00
Pomegranate: a Divine Fruit?
Original Date: November 1, 2013
Presenter: Alain Touwaide, PhD and Emanuela Appetiti
CEUs: 2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is undergoing a Renaissance of attention for its health benefits. Traditional knowledge, probably dating back to domestication of plant species, has accumulated a wealth of information about the fruit and its effects on the human body – best summarized by its association with major goddesses of Greek mythology. This body of knowledge has been transmitted through the centuries until not so long ago.
Based on ancient written documentation, artistic representations and archaeological remains, Smithsonian scholars Alain Touwaide, PhD, and Emanuela Appetiti will summarize the experience and knowledge of pomegranate in the Mediterranean tradition. After documenting that ancient physicians actually used pomegranate, Touwaide and Appetiti scrutinize its medical applications, the part(s) used, preparations, dosages, modes of administration and expected health effects.
Since the data span 5th century BCE to 16th century CE, Touwaide and Appetiti devote special attention to possible differentiation through time and among populations inhabiting the Mediterranean area during the period. They will test the hypothesis that differences may be treated as biomarkers revealing epidemiological information not otherwise available. This discussion will generate a historical pharmacopoeia of pomegranate of a new genre: dynamic and evolutionary, and reflecting the possible geographical and chronological variations in pomegranate ancient uses.