Left: Bowl of Hygieia.
Middle: Rod Of Asclepius.
Right: Greek God Asclepius
The serpent is a symbol of medicine and through the iconography of pharmaceutical history, snakes appear wrapped around a staff or a bowl. There are various types of snakes used as medicine symbols.
signs have a long history going back to ancient Greece.
Rod of Asclepius -
Symbol of Medicine
In time, he became so skilled in surgery and the use of drugs that he was revered as the founder of medicine.
A major sanctuary was
dedicated to him at
Epidaurus, the place where he was born.
Asclepius, the Greek God of medicine
Temples were built for
Aesculapius, and seemingly dead serpents were found inside.
Sacred Asclepion of Pergamum was an ancient healing center and the world's first psychiatric hospital.
The Rod of Asclepius, also known as the Staff of Asclepius, a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius is today associated with medicine and health care.
It's the symbol of medicine, but it's often confused with the staff of the god Hermes, the caduceus.
Bowl Of Hygieia
Hygieia, Goddess of Health hygiene who was the daughter of Asclepius tended to his temples.
Her symbol became a bowl containing a medicinal potion, with the serpent of Wisdom drinking from it. The serpent is symbolic of resurrection, and the bowl health and medicine.
one of the daughters of Asklepios (Asclepius)
and granddaughter of Apollo,
played an important role in the cult
of Asklepios as a giver of health
Snakes have been used for,
...and they have been the symbol of,
...since ancient times.
The “libation vase of Gudea”,
dedicated to Ningishzida (21st century BC).
The double helix depicts the deity.
The story of the Serpent People and their guidance is known world-wide as long as anyone can remember.
Collectively, they were all known as the Serpents of Wisdom and their great contribution to the global development of our planet can never be erased.
So, it's not
surprising that the serpent was worshipped in many corners of the