Statue of Konrad von Gessner (1516-1565), a physician in Zurich who specialized
in nature studies, cataloging numerous species, who is considered one of
the founders of modern zoology. He liked alpine research and collected numerous
mountain plants, with a focus on medicinal species.
Right: A medicinal fountain in the park at Hotel Disentiserhof (ca. 1910), renowned as the strongest therapeutic source of radon in Switzerland. At the time, it was believed that radon, which is radioactive, was a valuable therapy for many diseases.
of the German and English editions of
Herbs and Weeds
Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897), a German Catholic priest who greatly influenced
the development of naturopathic medicine. He is probably best known for
his recommendations for "water cures" (applying water of different
temperatures and in different ways), which are still utilized today. However,
he was also a strong advocate for using herbal remedies who influenced Johann
Right: A trademark image for remedies designed by Father Kneipp and manufactured by Oberhausser & Landauer of Wurzburg, Germany.
Künzle's products now sold in Europe.
Right: Example of Künzle's tea formulas as sold in America.
photo of Künzle, ca. 1940.
Right: a Grotto established by Künzle around 1912.