What we do
At EARTH MEDICINE we provide rehabilitation treatments to refugees living in the Kara Tepe and Moria Refugee camps who are suffering from chronic injuries and have been victims of torture and violence.
About the project
At EARTH MEDICINE, we strongly believe that combining therapies such as: Chinese herbs medicine, Ear acupuncture, Steam Inhalation and Vaginal Steaming, using medicinal hebs, Moxibustion, Physiotherapy and massage techniques., we can help improve the health and quality of life of vulnerable refugees who have experienced trauma at physical, mental, and emotional levels.
At EARTH MEDICINE, we work with volunteer therapists base in Lesbos and also with therapist from abroad. We feel tremendously grateful to each of the therapists who support us from different countries in Europe.
We are very satisfied to have our Online Consultation for Chinese Herbs Medicine Formulae. This plataform allows our most vulnerable patients to have a safe environment to communicate their symptoms and ailments to the therapist.
Once this process is done, our therapists send the herbs medicine formulae to Lesbos with the instructions for each patient. These patients are rigorously monitored.every week in order to determine the effectiveness of the treatment or the need for a new online consultation to adapt the formulae to each person needs.
The EARTH MEDICINE project also seeks to be a space for integration, connection and development.
Following this principle, we work with professionals from other fields, who also seek deep human connections, and not continue repeating competitive and individualistic attitudes that only feed the personal ego, destroying the
collective human spiritual growth.
This project started in November 2018. We are very satisfied with our achievements so far and we wish to continue developing in the coming years.
Increase in the number of patients
There has been a steady increase of patients since the project began in January 2019. The typical number of new cases is 4-10 people per month, coming from Moria and Kara Tepe camps. Up to now we have treated 119 cases.
Number of patients
Recovered and ongoing cases
During this past year we had 52 fully recovered cases, 42 on-going, and 15 who have left the island. With the current influx of refugees to the island, we expect that the number of new cases that we treat per month will increase.
New patients per month
Most common injuries
The refugee population commonly presents with chronic physical injuries such as elbow fractures, herniated discs, lower limb fractures, knee and wrist problems, joint atrophy and deformity; as well as the psychological and emotional consequences of traumatic experiences lived both before leaving their countries and during their journeys to safety.