Pharmacy Symbols Part 1: Bowl of Hygeia


Bowl of Hygeia

Pharmacy Symbol: Bowl of Hygeia

The Pharmacy Profession is going through a revolutionary changes, with this we can also look out the revolutions in the Pharmacy symbols

Here let us discuss some of the most commonly used Pharmacy symbols in worldwide

It is one of the internationally recognised symbol of Pharmacy (Pharma Profession).

Hygeia was the Greek goddess of hygiene, and the daughter of Asclepius.

The rod with a snake around it is the symbol of Asclepius, while a cup or chalice with a snake twined around its stem and poised above it represent Hygeia

Several other sources indicates that the symbol may have been used as an emblem of St. John dating back to first century a.d. This is based on the legend that a trophy containing poison was offered to the apostle. There is also speculation that Bowl of Hygeia was used as a symbol for apothecaries of Italy in 1222 However, no proof has been found to substantiate either of these claims

The bowl of Hygeia is in use since Parisian Society of Pharmacy have started using approx. by 1796, since it is widely adopted by several pharmaceutical associations includes

  • Conseil de l’Ordre des Pharmaciensin France
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Doctor of pharmacy Association


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