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The Pure Reiki Healing Mastery program is a natural step by step kit that help you gain mental as well as physical health in life. It will not only help you gain mental health, but will also help you to cure other people with just the touch of your hand. Owen Coleman, the author claims to have developed his method to go back to the original intent of its founderhence the term Pure Reiki. The main goal of reiki healing technique is to offer peace to your disturbed mind and soul. With calm mind, your body can automatically reduce the stress exerted from daily tensions. You will get a chance to enjoy a peaceful state of relaxation. As you develop your skills and become a reiki master, you can advance through stages of rapid reiki, group reiki, and even remote reiki which allows you to heal people across distances. Continue reading...

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Herbal Therapy And Nutritional Supplements

Botanical medicine or herbal therapy is a type of complementary alternative therapy that uses plants or herbs to treat various disorders. Individuals worldwide use both herbal therapy and nutritional supplements extensively. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80 of the world's population relies on herbs for a substantial part of their health care. Herbs have been used by virtually every culture in the world throughout history, from the beginning of time until now. For example, Hippocrates prescribed St. Johns Wort, currently a popular herbal remedy for depression. Native Americans used plants such as coneflower, ginseng, and ginger for therapeutic purposes. Herbal therapy is part of a group of nontraditional therapies commonly known as complementary alternative medicine (CAM). Unfortunately, CAM therapies are not widely taught in medical schools. A 1998 survey revealed that 75 of 117 US medical schools offered elective courses in CAM or included CAM topics in required...

Who Or What Killed Einstein

However, there is another more immediate route to such transcendental knowledge as it is termed in philosophy. This route involves the deliberate ingestion of naturally occurring entheogenic (psychedelic) plant and fungal alkaloids in order to access information inaccessible to the normal mind. Traditionally, this little documented enterprise is engaged in by shamans or native healers who employ such psychoactive flora in order to gain transcendental knowledge which they then use for the benefit of their culture. To this day, aboriginal shamans in places like Amazonia and Mexico still utilise the powerful effects of indigenous entheogenic plants and fungi in order to fulfil their shamanic healing role within their native culture. So strong can the revelational effects of such plants and fungi be upon the human psyche that they generally come to be deified. Such entheogens become a sacred link to divinity, almost as if they represent an organic modem directly on-line to the Gods. This...

Ecstatic Shamanism as lrReligion

Now, as we know from ethnology, the symbolic systems or religions of hunting peoples everywhere are essentially shamanistic, sharing so many basic features over time and space as to suggest common historical and psychological origins. At the center of shamanistic religion stands the personality of the shaman and the ecstatic experience that is uniquely his, in his crucial role as diviner, seer, magician, poet, singer, artist, prophet of game and weather, keeper of the traditions, and healer of bodily and spiritual ills. With his spirit helpers or familiars, the shaman is preeminently guardian of the physical and psychic equilibrium of his group, for whom he intercedes in personal confrontation with the supernatural forces of the Upperworld and Underworld, to whose mystical geography he has become privy through initiatory crisis, training, and ecstatic trance. Often, though not always or everywhere, the shaman's ecstatic dream has involved the use of some sacred hallucinogenic plant...

Traditional Use of Medicinal Plants

Traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures used in the maintenance of health, prevention of diseases and improvement of physical and mental illness. In practice, traditional medicine refers to the following components acupuncture (China), Ayurveda (India), Unani (Arabic countries), traditional birth attendant's medicine, mental healer's medicine, herbal medicine, and various forms of indigenous medicine. Complementary or alternative medicine refers to a broad set of healthcare practices that are not part of a country's own tradition and are not integrated into the dominant healthcare system. Traditional medicine has maintained its popularity in all regions of the developing world, and its use is rapidly spreading in industrialized countries 1 . Knowledge of plants and of healing have been

Traditional Arabic Medicine

The Babylonians, Assyrians and Sumerians comprise one of the oldest civilizations, and several plants were domesticated during this early period. Several medicinal plants are mentioned in civil laws carved on stone and commissioned by the King of Babylon (1700 BCE). The Arabs established drugstores in the eighth century, and the Persian pharmacist Avicenna described all Greco-Roman medicine in his book Canon of Medicine. This text forms the basis of distinct Islamic healing system known today as Unani-Tibb. Papaver somniferum was known to the Sumerians in 4000 BCE as hul gil (joy plant). The most frequently used medicinal plants in the Middle East are Allium cepa, Astracantha gummifera, Carthamus tinctorius, Carum carvi, Ferula asafoetida, Lawsonia inermis, Papaver somniferum, Peganum harmala, Prunus dulcis, Prunica granatum, Salvadora persica, Senna alexandrina, Sesamum indicum, Trachyspermum ammi, Trigonella foenum-graecum and Vitis vinifera 3, 16 .

African European and Other Traditional Systems ofMedicine

Like Africa, South American countries are also rich in biodiversity and diverse healing cultures, but information on the use of medicinal plants is sparse. The famous medicinal plants from this region are Cinchona pubescens, Erythrox-ylum coca, Ilex paraguariensis, Paullinia cupana, Spilanthes acmella and Uncar-ina tomentosa. The European healing system is believed to have originated with Hippocrates (460-377 BCE) and Aristotle (384-322 BCE). Subsequent naturalists like Theophrastus ( 300 BCE), Dioscorides (100 CE) and the pharmacist Galen (130-200 CE) recorded the use of medicinal plants. The philosophy was based on the belief that the body is composed of earth, wind, fire and water, similar to the Indian system 14 . The famous book De Materia Medica by the Greek physician Dioscorides was the standard reference in Europe for more than 1000 years. The use of herbal teas and decoctions is still very popular in Europe, e.g. teas prepared from Humulus lupulus, Rosmarinum officinalis,...

Research With Psychedelic Drugs In Western Psychotherapy

Except for some experimental work with synthetic harmaline (one of the ingredients in the classical ayahuasca combination) as an aid to psychotherapy by the Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo in the 1960s, ayahuasca itself has not been used as an adjunct to psychotherapy or to psychological research studies until very recently. However, since ayahuasca can be considered to be in the same class of substances as LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and DMT, it is useful to briefly review the history of research with psychedelic drugs as an aid to psychotherapy and self-exploration. It could be said the various forms of medical and psychiatric treatment, with and without drugs, are the modern, Western equivalent of the traditional shamanic healing system found among indigenous people. Again in contrast to the use of other psychiatric or psychoactive drugs, it is widely recognized that the personal experience of the therapist or guide with psychedelics is an essential element of effective...

Prologue First Sessions

Philip and Nils both had previous experience with DMT, and I was glad they did. About a year before starting our study, they had attended a ceremony in which a Peruvian folk healer gave all participants ayahuasca, the legendary DMT-containing tea. The two men were enthusiastic about this orally active form of DMT and were eager to smoke pure DMT the next day, when a member of the workshop made it available. They wanted to feel its effects in a much more immediate and intense manner than the tea form allowed.

The Psychology of Ayahuasca

The fields of psychiatry and psychology have never had an appreciable comfort level with the mind states of aboriginal peoples. Native cultures have often been disparaged and the technologies designed to induce ritual trance states either pathologized or ignored. Years past, during a time of psychoanalytic preeminence, the medicine men, or healers, of these aboriginal peoples were judged to be mentally ill (Devereux

Salviathe Next New Hallucinogen

Another recent legal battle has begun over a hallucinogenic plant called Salvia divinorum, which translated from Latin means sage of the seers. Salvia (also known by such nicknames as Sally D, Magic Mint, Ska Maria Pastora, Shepherdess's Herb, and yerba de Maria) is a plant (part of the sage family of plants) that grows in the Sierra Mazatec region of Mexico. Like peyote, salvia has been cultivated and used by shamans (medicine men, or tribal healers) for centuries, and its widespread use throughout Mexico is thought to have been suppressed by the Spanish Conquest. The use of salvia has gained popularity, particularly among young people, in recent years as a new legal way to have a psychedelic experience.

Biodiversity in Southern Africa

South Africa has a flourishing diversity of cultures, with 11 official languages, giving an indication of the many different communities present in this area of the African continent. Studies of the varying cultural practices, together with methods of traditional healing using the extensive array of available plants, are yielding valuable information to researchers.

Use of Plants in Southern African Traditional Medicine

There are an estimated 200000 indigenous traditional healers in South Africa 9 . They are known by different names according to the different cultures, for example inyanga and isangoma (Zulu), ixwele and amaquira (Xhosa), nqaka (So-tho), bossiedokter and kruiedokter (Afrikaans). There is often a basic general knowledge of medicinal plant use among the elderly members of the community.

The Need for Anti Infective Agents

In southern African countries rural populations, particularly children, commonly suffer from diarrhea, gastrointestinal parasites, and bilharzia 14 . The expense of orthodox medicines and the frequent lack of easy access to Western health care facilities encourages the use of traditional healers in rural regions. African traditional healers have a holistic approach and treat the putative cause of the ailment as well as the symptoms of the disease. Treatment often has a major psychological component involving ancestral spirits. Research on the efficacy and potential toxicity of medicinal plants used to combat infectious diseases may lead to interesting leads for new plant extracts or isolated compounds with antibacterial activity.

Ethnobotanical Approach

This approach entails selecting plants used in traditional medicine on the reasonable premise that remedies used to treat a certain ailment may have an associated biological activity. To enhance chances of success in detecting significant biological activity, we have concentrated on plants used to treat easily diagnosed illnesses such as sores, wounds, and intestinal parasites. Diagnosis by traditional healers of internal problems, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, is more difficult to verify. The value of the ethnobotanical approach in our research is highlighted later in the chapter. In South Africa, a number of ethnobotanical works have documented the use of indigenous plants by traditional healers and local communities for various medical conditions 15-17 . Although some studies on the ethnobotanical uses of plants for treating livestock and domestic animals in different parts of the country are available 18-20 , this remains a neglected area of ethnobotanical...

Collecting Drying and Storage of Plant Material

In most cases scientists have used dried material for extraction of biologically active compounds. This makes sense because during drying, membranes of plant organelles containing different secondary compounds are destroyed, making extraction more efficient. Labile compounds may, however, be destroyed during the drying process or if hydrolase enzymes are released when vacuolar membranes are broken during the drying process. Artifacts may be formed during drying, and this is a major disadvantage in plant metabolic studies. This process is probably unimportant in the investigation of biologically active compounds because the artifact may be the active compound useful in ethnomedicine. For practical reasons, traditional healers and especially traders in traditional medicine use predominantly dried material. The difficulty with using fresh leaves is that it is tedious to remove water from an extract. When bulbs or corms are used, it takes a long time to dry the bulbs and undesirable...

Contemporary Contexts

As the use of ayahuasca was central to conceptualizing and treating illness among native peoples, so this model for healing has persisted among mestizo, or mixed race, populations throughout the Amazon basin. The anthropologist Marlene Dobkin de Rios has studied the phenomena of urban mestizo healing in the Peurivan tropical rain forest city of Iquitos (Dobkin de Rios 1972). Her work has described not only a particular context in which the use of ayahuasca has persisted but also how it has served a protective function against the stressors of modern life. Demoralized by the shock of acculturative forces, mestizo inhabitants of Iquitos suffer from high rates of stress-induced anxiety and associated psychosomatic disorders. The use of ayahuasca, as supervised by mestizo healers, is incorporated into complex ritual healing ceremonies. Such a model for ayahuasca healing is most efficacious Another model for ayahuasca healing has been developed in the Peruvian upper Amazon province of San...

Ralph Metzner PhD and Sophia Adamson

In this chapter, we describe observations from individual and group experiences with MDMA (and other empathogenic substances1) relating to their application in self-healing, psychotherapy, and spiritual practice. We also offer some guidelines, distilled from the experience of about two dozen therapists and practitioners, for the most effective use of these substances. Traditional societies, such as those of the Native Americans, do not separate the three areas thus, their ceremonies, including peyote rituals or sweat lodges, are at the same time worship, curing, and problem solving. In modern West

Drug Administration Drug formulations

Intramuscular injection of neuroleptic drugs in depot formulations is important for compliance in outpatients with schizophrenia, and the benefits and risks have been emphasized (SEDA-23, 73). In a retrospective study in a tertiary center in Riyadh, of 69 patients (mean age 35 years mean duration of illness 11 years 38 men) who had been given depot neuroleptic drugs during 19912000, only 24 were still receiving their depot injections regularly in that clinic (497). The authors suggested that negative attitudes of families and society toward mental illness and interference with psychiatric treatment by traditional and faith healers could have accounted for this lack of compliance. Although the use of depot neuroleptic drugs is advocated as maintenance treatment for patients with bipolar disorders, no such patients were identified. The authors pointed out that in spite of the fact that patients had been clinically stable, 7 had been receiving their depot neuroleptic drugs for more than...

Medicinal Uses of Peyote

Some Native Americans, particularly those in Mexico, use peyote preventatively to protect themselves from illnesses. They believe ingesting the cactus forms a barrier through which evil spirits cannot pass to inflict illnesses upon them. Other Native Americans, such as those in the United States, use peyote to cure diseases. They believe that peyote use, by allowing communication with supernatural powers as well as by causing vomiting, actually purges the mind and body of disease-causing evil spirits and toxins. In Peru, Native American healers, called curanderos, employ the mescaline-containing San Pedro cactus to fight the supernatural powers believed to cause disease. Not only do curanderos feed the cactus to the diseased patient to induce vomiting to purge the body of impurities, but the curanderos themselves also eat the cactus to enlighten themselves as to the nature of the patient's disease. Others believe that the vomiting produced by eating peyote is punishment for one's...

The Dmt High With Harmala Alkaloids

I often feel that my body and Being are embraced by an ancient earth spirit. And this earth spirit is instructing me to become aware of, and open up, many lines of communication that exist between my mind, body and the extemal world. In combination with Harmala the DMT high does not disappear, leaving me suddenly back in normal reality. I have more time to absorb the experience and make it a part of me.

Effective Therapeutic Mechanisms Of Lsd Therapy

The extraordinary and often dramatic effects of the LSD process on various emotional and psychosomatic symptoms quite naturally give rise to questions about the therapeutic mechanisms involved in these changes. Although the dynamics of some of these transformations can be explained along conventional lines, the majority appear to involve processes as yet undiscovered or unacknowledged by traditional psychology and psychiatry. This does not mean that these phenomena have never been encountered or discussed before. Descriptions of some of these mechanisms are found in the religious literature describing spiritual healing and its effects on emotional or psychosomatic illnesses. Anthropologists may also recognize elements that occur in shamanic practices, aboriginal rites of passage, and various healing ceremonies.

Historical Background

Cannabis was used as a drug as long ago as 2000 B.c. Hemp is mentioned in the Atharva Veda approx. 2000 B.c. (veda saint book of Hindi religion). The ancient Hindus credited it as giving vital energy, and Pliny the Elder first mentions its effect on the reproductive system (cited by Butrica 2002) semen eius extinguere genitarum uirorum dicitur (Its seed is said to extinguish men's semen). Aetius mentioned (sixth century a.d.) that it could be used on women as well, although he did not specify the conditions of use. Cannabis has been widely known since the first millennium in the Middle East, and the physician al-Badri (middle of the thirteenth century a.d.) already recommended hashish to stimulate appetite (cited by Peters etal. 1999).

Treatment Systems and the Acceptance of Treatment

I do suppose that low-threshold initiatives in the area of drugs, for example when heroin is given for free, or other such programs, they have a certain positive effect on the probability of entering a self-healing process, because people are somehow accepted there. (psychologist, SINR interview, Bern)

Cultural Types Broadly Drawn

No social or cultural group is homogeneous. Within every group, some people know more about or are more interested in health issues than are other people. Often these people are recognized within their society as health professionals (e.g., shamans, acupuncturists, chiropractors, homeopathic practitioners, midwives, dentists, surgeons) with an elaborate medical knowledge and recognized set of beliefs and practices. Generally, people are pragmatic about treatment, seeking and using anything that provides relief, and people will change behavior around illness far more readily than they will change their underlying beliefs about the cause of the disorder. The more similar a patient and healer, in terms of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, education, occupational status, geographic location (e.g., rural versus urban setting), and socioeconomic class, the more likely they are to hold the same health beliefs and engage in mutually comprehensible behaviors (Galanti, 1991).

Ethnomedicines and Drug Discovery

Although about 40 of modern pharmaceuticals are derived from plants, none are used against viruses. In contrast, traditional healers have long used phytomed-icines to prevent or cure infectious conditions. Clinical microbiologists are interested in antimicrobial plant extracts because (i) the effective lifespan of any antibiotic is limited (ii) increasing public awareness of overprescription and misuse of antibiotics (iii) public preferences for natural products in treating and preventing medical problems and (iv) viral diseases remain intractable to most orthodox antibiotics. Another factor is the rapid rate of species extinction 8 leading to irretrievable loss of structurally diverse and potentially useful phytochemicals 4 . In addition, the rapid spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the reemergence of many diseases have spurred intensive investigation into phytomedicines, especially for people who have little...

Shamanic Entheogenic Cosmology

If we inquire into the basic model of reality or cosmology that is revealed and implied by the visions and experiences of Westerners with ayahuasca, we find that it is similar to that shared by indigenous shamanistic cultures worldwide. Particularly those individuals who have continued to use ayahuasca or other plant entheogens in a more or less systematic manner for self-healing, consciousness exploration, and spiritual practice have developed (often implicitly) a worldview radically different from the prevailing Western paradigm of scientific modernism.

The Birth Of Methamphetamine

Although methamphetamine is synthetic, it traces its roots to a small leafless bush called Ephedra that grows in China and North America. For more than 5,000 years, Chinese healers have dried and boiled the stems of this plant to make a tea called mahuang that opens air passages and makes breathing easier, helping those suffering from asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The tea also increases energy and general well being. In 1847, when Mormons settled in Utah, they discovered that the native peoples of the western United States enjoyed an exciting drink made from Ephedra. Since

Nicotiana Tabacum And Related Species

The Plant All the treachery of our beloved poisons is evident in this plant. It is a stimulant, a tranquilizer, a narcotic, and, if we are to believe the ethnobotanical reports, a hallucinogen. It is also the most toxic plant regularly used by human beings. Tobacco is a model of ambiguity healer and killer, ally and seducer. As poison, it is the type.

Experimenting with cold temperatures

It remains a source of fascination to me that packed into such a tiny seed there is such enormous life force. The whole trajectory of that life, from seed to the final smokeable end-product, is a thing of wonder to the eyes. In any case, as a cannabis lover you are spoilt with at least several hundred varieties of top class genetics to choose from, with more

Medical And Psychological Applications Of Ayahuasca

In the context of Amazonian traditional healing practice, the drinking of ayahuasca is something like a master cure for all illness. Not that the medicine itself is a panacea, but that it functions as a guide or teacher for the human healer, pointing him or her to other herbs that might be needed, allowing him to beat back sorcerous attacks or But even from the point of view of Western medicine and psychotherapy it is clear from the literature and from the stories recounted in this volume, that remarkable physical healings and resolutions of psychological difficulties can occur with this medicine. Early in the twentieth century an extract of the vine was used successfully in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, a possible application that has not to date been followed up. There have been ancedotal accounts of the complete remission of some cancers after one or two sessions with ayahuasca. Since these occurred with ayahuasca in the context of traditional healing ceremonies, it is...

Reflections Two Years Later

An actor and body therapist in his forties relates his first experience with ayahuasca, in which he unexpectedly encounters a vision of the ancient Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, of which he had zero prior knowledge. Along with this vision came detailed memories of having been a priest of this goddess and the nature of her teaching. Subsequently there also occurred visions of Tibetan Buddhist deities. The connection with the spiritual healing power of Sekhmet deepened and strengthened his therapeutic work. During the course of my research over the next few days, I was to discover that Sekhmet was one of the most ancient of deities, known as Lady of the Place of the Beginning of Time and also as One Who Was Before the Gods Were. Although having a ferocious wrathful aspect, she was also a renowned healer because of her knowledge of magic and sorcery and is said to have introduced the art of medicine to Egypt. Many Egyptians felt that they were created by Sekhmet and Horus, and that Sekhmet...

Traditional Medicinal Plants Used in the Treatment of Diarrhea that Display Antidiarrheal Activity

A large study by Atta and Mouneir 41 reported on the antidiarrheal properties of six Egyptian medicinal plants. At a dose of 200 mg kg-1, only some of the plant extracts showed a significant effect on castor oil-induced diarrhea in rats, while the effects were better with an increased dose of 400 mg kg-1. Some of the extracts induced a dose-dependent relaxation of rabbit duodenal smooth muscle while others increased the contractile force in contractions. Various phytochemicals were identified, including tannins, flavonoids, unsaturated sterols, triterpenes, carbohydrates, lactones, proteins amino acids, and saponins, although the active ingredients were not confirmed. Similarly, several medicinal plants used by people in the Democratic Republic of Congo 42 , India 43 , and Zulu traditional healers 44 to treat diarrhea have been evaluated. These plants showed activity that supported their traditional use, including activity against enteric pathogens, and activity in experimental models...

Hybrid Shamanic Psychotherapeutic Rituals

In these hybrid therapeutic-shamanic circle rituals, certain basic elements from traditional shamanic healing ceremonies are usually kept intact the structure of a circle, with participants either sitting or lying an altar of some kind in the center of the circle, or a fire in the center if outside or in a tipi the presence of an experienced elder or guide, sometimes with one or more assistants preference for low light, or semidarkness (sometimes eyeshades are used) the use of music such as drumming, rattling, singing, or evocative recorded music the dedication of ritual space through invocation of spirits of four directions and elements and the cultivation of a respectful, spiritual attitude.

Deatf and Rebirtl in Santo Daime

I had had several experiences with ayahuasca in small group shamanic healing cermonies and also had participated twice in the rituals of the UDV (Uniao do Vegetal), when the opportunity arose to participate in a Santo Daime session in Manaus, on the occasion of the ITA (International Transpersonal Association) conference. The UDV cermonies are reminiscent of a Protestant church service, with the people sitting quietly in straight-back chairs, in brightly lit rooms, listening to sermons and some singing by the mestres sitting at a table in the center. The Santo Daime cermonies on the other hand are more like Pentecostal or Gospel services, with loud driving, rhythmic singing, and swaying dances, as well as quiet periods of prayer and contemplation. In reflecting on these experiences I saw that the songs and dances are the essence of the Santo Daime. There are no other doctrines or teachings in this church, other than what is in the hymns. Like the icaros in the shamanic healing...

The Magic Morning Glory Ololiuhqui

After we had managed to solve the riddle of the sacred mushroom teonanacatl in a relatively short time, I also became interested in the problem of another Mexican magic drug not yet chemically elucidated, ololiuhqui. Ololiuhqui is the Aztec name for the seeds of certain climbing plants (Convolvulaceae) that, like the mescaline cactuspeyotl and the teonanacatl mushrooms, were used in pre-Columbian times by the Aztecs and neighboring people in religious ceremonies and magical healing practices. Ololiuhqui is still used even today by certain Indian tribes like the Zapotec, Chinantec, Mazatec, and Mixtec, who until a short time ago still led a genuinely isolated existence, little influenced by Christianity, in the remote mountains of southern Mexico.

Antimicrobial Bioactive Phytocompounds from Extraction to Identification Process Standardization

Medicinal Plant Work Flow Chart

In Fig. 1.2 an extraction-to-identification flowchart is proposed in order to optimize bioactive phytocompound identification. For screening selection, plants are collected either randomly or by following leads supplied by local healers in geographical areas where the plants are found. Initial screening of plants for possible antimicrobial activities typically begins by using crude aqueous or alcohol extractions followed by various organic extraction methods 16 . Plant material can be used fresh or dried. The aspects of plant collection and identification will be discussed further in this chapter. Other relevant plant materials related to antimicrobial activity are the essential oils. Essential oils are complex natural mixtures of volatile secondary metabolites, isolated from plants by hydro or steam distillation and by expression (citrus peel oils). The main constituents of essential oils (mono and sesquiterpenes), along with carbohydrates, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, and ke- Fig....

Preparation and harvest

A successful way of inducing stress is to snip off all the (large) outer leaves. In fact, you can pretty much strip the plant bare. You do that and she going to put all her remaining life force into making her buds. Another advantage of this method is that the air circulation is raised considerably, thereby making the chance of condensation between the flower heads much lower. This is important because we can only harvest the buds when the condensation is off them. If we were to harvest the buds before then, then the air moisture content in the drying cabinet would be too high, and the risk of mould increased. Furthermore, we can save a lot of work during the harvesting period if all the large leaves have been stripped off already. We have reduced leaf waste and therefore the air moisture in the drying cabinet will not rise so rapidly large leaves have a lot of moisture in them. Preparing the harvest It is also advisable in terms of time and requirements to prepare for the actual...

Investigating The Earths Alchemical Skin

This kind of dynamic psychedelic relationship between Homo sapiens and Nature is relatively rare compared with, say, our close relational links to environmental resources like wood, grain, oil, or gas, Yet the natural psychedelic link leaves all others behind in terms of its impact upon one's sense of being. Whereas most of the relational ties that weave us into the living fabric of Gaia are purely utilitarian in material terms, the resource provided by entheogenic plants operates at a different level, offering us spiritual nourishment which, although seemingly intangible, can still have a cultural role to play as witnessed by the important role of the shaman or native healer within aboriginal societies.

Tle plant Spirits Help Me to Heal Myaelf and Others

This is the story of a pharmacist in her forties, undergoing a physical and psychic healing crisis, or spiritual emergency, who through her experiences with ayahuasca, learned to communicate with the spirits of all kinds of plants in her everyday environment. As a result she became an herbalist-educator, undergoing a series of ayahuasca initiations in the Amazon, in which she learned to work with the spirit doctors, like the traditional ayahuasqueros. I have learned to connect with plant spirits through a variety of sha-manic journeying techniques. The plant spirits help me to heal myself and others. I have come to realize my life's work I am to follow the path of a shaman-healer, who does visionary journeying to help others. As was my original intention, I now have a focus, a technique, and a purpose that seems to be answering the questions raised by the spiritual emergence. The ayahuasca experience blessed me with a healing and an understanding beyond anything I could have imagined....

A critique of antidoping

At the same time, the argument that doping betrayed the principles of fair play was also overplayed. There are any number of ways in which sport is not a level playing field from genetic inheritance to access to resources to psychological assistance and good coaching. In fact, the point of training and preparation is to make the playing field uneven. So the attempt to connect sportsmanship with some notion of purity and positive life force led to the oppositional idea that drugs, cheating and corruption went hand-in-hand and would result in the death of sport. Yet, as some of the pre-war writers on doping illustrated, the boundaries between stimulant drugs and other forms of enhancement were extremely blurred (B0je 1939). When does a natural substance such as oxygen, altitude or even testosterone become cheating How is taking a chemical substance that much different from using specialised equipment, psychological counselling or team tactics The notion that sport was about matching...

Syncretic Folk Religious Ceremonies Involving Ayahuasca

The distinction I have drawn between entheogen-based shamanic rituals and folk religious ceremonies involving plant entheogens is in some ways arbitrary. There is a continuum of ritual forms and practices. The emphasis in shamanic practices is healing and divination, and they are usually conducted in small groups of about a dozen participants, or sometimes just with one or two afflicted individuals and shaman apprentices. The folk religious ceremonies, such as those of the Native American Church or the African Bwiti cult, usually involve fairly large groups of twenty to forty participants, or in the case of the Brazilian ayahuasca churches up to several hundred. In such ceremonies the intentional focus is not so much on healing and visioning, but on group worship and celebration with singing and prayer. Instead of a shaman or healer there are priests and officiants. There is very little or no discussion or sharing of visions or insights, as there would be in the context of a shamanic...

Hallucinogens And Archetypes

In the preceding chapter it was suggested that visions of jaguars, anaconda snakes, and the like are expectable images in a tropical forest setting. After all, one would hardly expect psychedelic visitations from Asian tigers or African lions among the Tukano they would be even less likely here than in the urban slums of Amazonian Peru, where healers called ayahuasqueros employ the vine of the souls in the psychotherapeutic curing of super-naturally caused illnesses, especially those associated with witchcraft. Such emotional or psychosomatic maladies are a common complaint among the culturally and economically uprooted and psychologically disoriented Indians who have left, or been displaced from, their traditional lifeway in the forest (cf. Marlene Dobkin de Rios, The Visionary Vine Psychedelic Healing in the Peruvian Amazon 1972 ).

Use Of Lsd In The Development Of Paranormal Abilities

Much historical and anthropological evidence and numerous anecdotal observations from clinical research suggest that psychedelic substances can occasionally facilitate extrasensory perception. In many cultures visionary plants were administered in the context of spiritual healing ceremonies as means to diagnose and cure diseases. Equally frequent was their use for other magical purposes, such as locating lost objects or persons, astral projection, perception of remote events, precognition, and clairvoyance. Most of the drugs used for these purposes have been mentioned earlier in connection with religious rituals. They include the resin or leaves of hemp (Cannabis iridica or sativa) in Africa and Asia fly-agaric mushrooms among various Siberian tribes and North American Indians the plant

Illusion

So what if there is no alien al sitting in his backyard, playing the latest version of human universe 2, and there are no such thing as supernatural beings, wizards, sorcerers, magical healers, and matter movers what are we to do What if we are all alone in this dark universe What if this tiny planet, a speck of dust in the universe is all that contains life as we know it What if there is no afterlife, no heaven and hell, what if this world is solid and there are no illusions, except the ones we go to see performed on stage What would we do How would we feel knowing that this was it

Actional L Lorazepam

Later, bronze, gold, or silver was used and today needles are usually made of steel. Initially, needles were used only to prick boils and ulcers. Acupuncture was developed in response to the theory that there are special meridian points on the body connected to the internal organs and that vital energy flows along the meridian lines. According to this theory, diseases are caused by interrupted energy flow, and inserting and twirling needles restores normal flow. After the discovery in 1975 of enkephalins and endorphins (natural pain inhibitors in the body), some neurophysiologists suggested that the needles may trigger the release of one or more of these substances, which inhibit pain signals by blocking their pathway through the spinal cord. This view is supported by both American and Chinese studies showing that placing acupuncture needles in certain parts of the brain of dogs causes a rise in the level of endorphins in the spinal fluid. Scientists in the US have...

Mushroom Lore

Apart from Siberian folklore many European folktales also testify to the enigma of the fly agaric mushroom, providing an echo of the distant cultural interconnections of the past. Yugoslav peasants take the mushroom's supernatural origin back to the time of pre-Christian Nature gods. The legend relates that Votan, chief of all the gods and a potent magician and healer, was riding his magical horse through the countryside when suddenly demons appeared and started chasing him. As he fled, his horse galloped so fast that flecks of bloodied foam flew from its mouth. Wherever this bloody foam fell, fly agarics sprang up.

Plants As Teachers

Along the upper Amazon at the base of the Andes, in the Oriente of Ecuador, there are yachaqs who learn shamanism directly from the doctores, the plant teachers. These yachaqs are also called vegetalistas. There are other kinds of shamans, seers, and healers in that watershed who are not vegetalistas yachaqs who are spirit mediums, or who work with dowsing, or with spells but the vegetalistas are the plant specialists.

Symbols In Formation

The serpent (or snake) is a good example of this universal symbology. It is found in the religious mythology of the following the Maya and the Aztecs (who worshipped Quetzalcoatl - the Feathered Serpent) the ancient Egyptians (the head-dresses of the Pharaohs incorporated the viper as a symbol of wisdom and intellect) the Australian aborigines (who worshipped the Rainbow Serpent) the ancient epic of Gilgamesh (a serpent tells of a mythical plant that can confer immortality) the ancient peoples of India (who worshipped Nagas, literally wise serpents), and even in the Eden of the Old Testament (the wise but feared serpent who offers forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge), and so on. Always, the serpent or snake appears to symbolise a wise divine spiritual life-force or deity.

Migraine Medications

In ancient times, healers carved circles out of portions of the skull to attempt to relieve migraines, or they used primitive medications like opium or hemlock extracts. Today, there are more scientifically based medications to treat migraines. These medications can be divided into those that help prevent migraines from recurring (called preventive or prophylactic treatments) and those that ease the pain or duration of a migraine after it has begun (sometimes called attack-abortive treatments).

Spiritual

Some of us believe we have a soul, and the soul can never die it being our life force, the thing that keeps us alive. But do you really believe we can exist forever, or could it merely be a hope we are not going to just slowly decompose in a hole in the ground, never to be heard of again.

Natural Drugs

Humans have long been aware that certain plants can be used to provide quick energy, treat specific ailments, or improve a person's mood. Physicians and healers in all preindustrial societies had their lists of locally available herbs and medicines, many of which have been used for centuries. With the advance of medical technology and the discovery of drugs such as amphetamines, morphine, and Valium, industrialized societies largely abandoned these natural remedies and treatments. In recent years, however, popular backlash against institutionalized or traditional medicine and an increased focus on a more organic lifestyle has led to renewed interest in natural drugs in the industrialized world.

Safety Factors

Another factor to be aware of when using Ketamine is that much of the life energy, known as Chi or Kundalini, departs the body during the journey, normally returning along with one's awareness. While I've often experienced a wakening of this Chi energy as it reenters my body, with less care and indiscriminate use I've returned to find my body drained of this force. It is not uncommon to feel slightly drained of energy or lackadaisical after a K trip.

The Epilogue

It was the tradition for the village to have a feast and celebrate with a drum circle when a wise man made his way to the mountaintop to pass away in peace. The drum circle often continued until dawn. He was counting down to his last breath. His soul felt lighter as he slowly departed his body. The sun was slowly setting as he saw his own deceased body from the sky. Wise man smiled because he knew that it was not a tear of sadness, but a tear of life-force. The land would become more beautiful because his body had nourished it.

Various Realities

There is less danger of a cleft reality experience arising in a natural environment. In field and forest, and in the animal world sheltered therein, indeed in every garden, a reality is perceptible that is infinitely more real, older, deeper, and more wondrous than everything made by people, and that will yet endure, when the inanimate, mechanical, and concrete world again vanishes, becomes rusted and fallen into ruin. In the sprouting, growth, blooming, fruiting, death, and regermination of plants, in their relationship with the sun, whose light they are able to convert into chemically bound energy in the form of organic compounds, out of which all that lives on our earth is built in the being of plants the same mysterious, inexhaustible, eternal life energy is evident that has also brought us forth and takes us back again into its womb, and in which we are sheltered and united with all living things.

Afterglow

After the ayahuasca sessions, I feel cleansed within, throughout, and all about. I have a sense of having been healed at all levels, especially the physical. The ayahuasca medicine seems to have a special affinity for the gastrointestinal system it snakes its way through the body, seeking out and eliminating obstructions to life energy flow. I sometimes think of it as a form of kundalini, a Liquid Plum'r for the soul. For cleansing and healing, for reconnecting with the vegetable kingdom, ayahuasca is definitely my medicine of choice.

Psychedelic Enemas

The tobacco enema is presumably a relatively recent refinement in the history of nicotine ecstasies, while the drinking of tobacco in the form of a syrupy infusion may be among the earliest. The juice, produced by steeping or boiling of the leaves, can either be taken by mouth or imbibed through the nostrils, in which case the active principles are absorbed more quickly into the system. Tobacco drinking to induce the desired trance state, often in great amounts and after prolonged periods of fasting, was and is especially common in shamanic initiation among Amazonian Indians, where it is often followed by the neophyte's first introduction to the ritual Banisteriopsis caapi beverage, whose most important active principles are harmala alkaloids. Tobacco infusions, imbibed through the nostrils, are also well-integrated in the symbolic system and psychopharmacology of drug-assisted folk therapy in urban Peru, where, for example the healer administers it both to his patients and to himself...

Basic Components

In addition to lighting, the nutrient reservoir is the life force of your garden because it contains the water and nutrients your plants require for growth and maturation. Reservoirs are available in many sizes, but most are rectangular in shape. Complete out-of-the-box hydroponic systems are usually packaged with a reservoir that is appropriately sized for the number of plant sites it includes.

Outlook

Sculptures Mushroom Psychedelic

Given the lack of alternate methods to study these substances, the revival of medical and interdisciplinary research efforts is a more crucially important issue now than ever before. After all, a better understanding of psychotropic substances may well benefit a vast number of patients, possibly by contributing to the processes of mental and psychic healing. A glimmer of hope for the revival of large-scale research comes from the United States, where a very small number of investigators have, on occasion, succeeded at securing government permission to conduct studies on the medical aspects of hallucinogens, including psilocybin. The conceptual approach behind the design of these research projects suggests that virtually no reliable pharmacological data is in existence. In fact, these substances have undergone extensive study over the course of several decades. To the extent that relationships of dosage and effects have already been determined, current and future research efforts...

Conclusions

There is a lack of open interpretation in the area of safety and efficacy, especially for bibliographic studies. Such interpretations are particularly relevant for herbal medicinal products because they have been used for long periods of time, sometimes over centuries, and a wealth of literature is available. It is desirable that this documented knowledge is exploited in order to avoid unnecessary tests with animals and clinical trials. Scientific evaluation of the traditional knowledge is needed. In many societies much of the knowledge resides in the hand of the healers, where oral transmission of information is the unwritten rule. In most cases, the information is not documented. As a result, in many regions, this knowledge is endangered because the younger generation is unwilling to carry on the profession of the elders. Knowledge that has been refined over thousands of years of experimentation with herbal medicine is being lost. A major research opportunity in this field would be...

The First Human BeIn

Driven by an avid interest in the occult, Cooke journeyed around the world befriending an assortment of mystics and spiritual teachers. In the early 1950S he became a close confidant of L. Ron Hubbard, the ex-navy officer who founded the Scientology organization. Cooke rose high in the ranks of the newly formed religious cult. (He was the first clear in America, meaning he had attained the level of an advanced Scientology initiate.) Before long, however, he grew disillusioned with Hubbard and they parted ways. A few years later, while living in Algiers, Cooke was stricken with polio, which left him crippled and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Despite his physical disability he was revered by a Sufi sect in northern Africa as a great healer and a saint. Some of his admirers claimed he could activate shakti, or kundalini energy, and induce a blissful spinal seizure merely by touching people on the forehead.

Plant Extracts

Plants have been used as medicines since time immemorial. Herbal medicines form an integral part of healing practiced by the traditional healers. India has a rich heritage of using medicinal plants in traditional medicines such as the Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani systems, besides folklore practises. The earliest mention of the medicinal uses of plants is found in the Rigveda, which is one of the oldest repositories of human knowledge 13 . Fairly comprehensive information on the curative properties of some herbs has been recorded in Charaka Samhita and Sushrutha Samhita. The plant kingdom is a virtual goldmine of biologically active compounds and it is estimated that only 10-15 of 250000-750000 of existing species of higher plants have been surveyed. Many plants have been successfully used in the treatment of various diseases. The list of natural products having therapeutic value is ever growing and a plethora of new compounds are being isolated every day.

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Uses In Indonesia, an infusion of Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. is used to treat sudden swollen areas. In the Philippines, an infusion of Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. is drunkto promote urination and to treat gonorrhea. In India, healers use Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. to treat renal and prostate ailments, as well as diabetes.

Consuming Gods Flesh

Transmitted solely by word of mouth since the time of the Spanish Conquest, detailed knowledge of the revered mushroom had lain principally in the hands of jealously guarding shamans or native healers who were loath to disclose their botanical secrets to outsiders. For they feared, perhaps justifiably, that the sacred mushroom's supernatural power would be diminished or be used profanely should the untrustworthy white man gain full admittance into it's living mystery. Therefore the 1957 Life article in which the secret of the mushroom was openly exposed, dramatically symbolised the West's bypassing of this long-standing cultural security system. The sacred mushroom had now been forcibly plucked from it's localised shamanic niche and thence presented to the Western world in the form of mass-circulated print with colour photographs and specimen drawings to boot.

The Ancient Greeks

'Helen, the child of Zeus, had a happy thought. Into the bowl in which their wine was mixed, she slipped a drug that had the power of robbing grief and anger of their sting and banishing all painful memories. No one that swallowed this dissolved in wine could shed a single tear that day, even for the death of his mother and father, or if they put his brother or his own son to the sword and he were there to see it done. This powerful anodyne was one of many useful drugs which had been given to the daughter of Zeus by an Egyptian lady, Polydamna, the wife of Thon. For the fertile soil of Egypt is most rich in herbs, many of which are wholesome in solution, though many are poisonous. And in medical knowledge the Egyptian leaves the rest of the world behind. He is a true son of Paeeon the Healer.

SUiCiDE

What teens who attempt suicide often fail to consider is that there is almost always a solution to their problem. Time is a great healer, but suicide robs a person of that valuable time. Feelings of hopelessness may seem impossible to overcome but working through problems can instill a renewed self-confidence. Seeking professional help, staying away from illegal drugs and alcohol, and avoiding negative self-talk are all positive steps in overcoming depression.

The Diabolic Root

The earliest hallucinogenic cactus depicted in ancient American art is a tall, columnar member of the Cereus family, Trichocereus pachanoi, the mescaline-containing San Pedro of the folk healers of coastal Peru (Sharon, 1972). San Pedro has been identified in the funerary effigy pottery and painted textiles of Chavin, the oldest of a long succession of Andean civilizations, dating to ca. 1000 BC, and also in the ceremonial art of the later Moche and Nazca cultures, which gives this sacred psychedelic cactus of western South America a cultural pedigree of at least 3,000 years.

Psychedelic Sessions

If possible, the treatment facility should be situated in a beautiful natural setting. Although this is of little relevance in the first four to five hours which the patient spends with the eyeshades and headphones on, it becomes important during the termination period of the session. The psychedelic experience tends to bring the subject into intimate contact with nature and dramatically enhances his or her sensory perception of the world, and an encounter with nature at its best can become an aesthetic and spiritual experience of lasting value. It not only contributes considerably to a good integration of the session, but connects the positive energies and emotions to elements of the everyday world. Water deserves special notice during the session it assumes an almost magical significance for many LSD subjects and has extraordinary capacity to facilitate a positive outcome of the session. A swim in the ocean, a clear lake, or a stream can work wonders in the termination period of LSD...

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