Special Information

The Caduceus Medical Symbol

The Caduceus or “Kerikeion’ today’s symbol of Medicine, used to be known as the magic rod of Hermes, the Greek Messenger of the Gods. He wore winged sandals and hat, and bore a golden caduceus. His caduceus was a rod entwined by two snakes, decorated with wings at the top.

According to Greek Mythology, Hermes came across two fighting snakes. Throwing his magic wand at them, they become entwined and stopped fighting. This is the explanation for the appearance of two entwined snakes on the caduceus.

Snakes are referred to, even referred to, in many cultures, religions and myths. In some Modern African Tribes as well as in ancient Indian tribes snakes are worshipped in ritualistic ceremonies.

The snakes are so revered since the snakes shed its skin, and according to the tribal beliefs, this shedding enables the snake to renew its youthfulness and strength.

Thus they believe that the snake live for ever.

Before Modern Medicine, people were infected by parasitic worms and were treated by Physicians using stick and knife. The medical treatment of parasitic worm infection by knife and stick was believed to be the inspiration of the original caduceus which was depicted as a stick entwined by worms. It was used as promotional sign for physicians of that period.