The Popular myth is the Thessalian
This narrates that Asclepios was son of the God Apolo and of the mortal Coronis. This genealogy already shows and characterizes the nature of the demigod, for Apollo is the divinity of the Solar Light, which contains sources of health and life widely appreciated by men. The name of Coronis, his mother, is that of the crow, long-lived bird that also symbolizes health. Asclepius became a very recognized God through the Greek and Roman world, perhaps because he started as a mortal, and knows the pain of human suffering so that his father Apollo can not.
As with all archaic civilizations of initiatic roots, Medicine in Greece was part of the Sacred Sciences. It was a Science that integrated Philosophy, Magic, Religion and Art. In all civilizations, knowledge was deeper in the most archaic times, and the specialization of Science by experimentation ways just demonstrates a loss of magic formulas or extraordinary powers.
Asclepios also known as Ophiuchus among the ancient Greeks learned the art of healing both Apollo and Centaur Chiron. The name and fame of Asclepios spread throughout the region; He healed with such perfection that he not only returned the lost health to the sick, but life to the dead. Because of this and with the argument that he violated the natural order of things, Zeus murdered him by order of Hades, the God of the Infernal Kingdoms. Although as a tribute he placed it in the sky surrounded by a serpent, symbolizing the renewed life.
In Epidauros, famous sanctuary, as well as in many other sanctuaries of the antiquity the most wonderful sanaciones were made, but the divine method par excellence was the one of the dream in the temple, the Encoimesis or Incubatio, where the patients, sometimes seated or lying on skins, they waited during the night for the appearance of Asclepios and the cure of their ailments. The advice and prescriptions of Asclepios, transmitted during the incubation, responded to a plan of reasonable hygiene of life and used to consist of a diet, exercises, varied psychic resources, baths, massages and application of ointments.
In Epidaurus, famous sanctuary, as well as in many other shrines of antiquity marvelous healings were performed. But the divine method by excellence was through dream, known as the Encoimesis or Incubatio, where the sick, sometimes sitting or lying on skins on the temple, expected during the night the appearance of Asclepius to heal all of their ailments. The advice and prescriptions of Asclepius, transmitted during incubation, responded to a reasonable wellness plan, and often include diet, exercise, varied psychic resources, baths, massage and application of ointments. Today throughout the Hellenic Archipelago we can find 410 preserved ruins of these ancient healing centers, which were called "Asklepeions."