Creating Waves of Awareness
Mushrooms have been used as a cooking vegetable from time immemorial. Over the years, its importance as medicine has been accepted in herbalism, Ayurveda, TCM, and our own homeopathy in the form of AGARICUS MUSCARIS;
It has been said that mushrooms fight cancer, eliminates fungus, and helps cure many more illnesses. One type of mushroom grows on trees and another grows on the ground. The many varieties come in various shapes and sizes and some are poisonous.
[morel mushroom shown]
This fungus contains several toxic compounds, the best known is Muscarin.The symptoms of poisoning do not develop at once, usually twelve to fourteen hours elapse before the initial attack. There is no antidote, treat entirely symptomatic (Schneider)
Agaricus acts as an intoxicant to the brain producing more vertigo and delirium than alcohol, followed by profound sopor with lowered reflexes.
Some important symptoms exhibited are: jerking, twitching, trembling, and itching. Various forms of neuralgia and spasmodic affections, and neurotic skin troubles are pictured in its symptomatology. (BOERICKES MM) Now see how modern research is discovering its benefits.
Dawn | Magic Mushroom | Two independent research studies confirms that the effects of the active ingredient, psilocybin, from the magic mushroom depresses or slows the activity of brain function, which opposes the hypothesis that the drug would increase activity.You might say this natural lobotomy cuts down on brain activity which makes the world a strange place. When you see the movie film where people move in slow motion perhaps this might be an example of cutting out those brain cells?
What a beautiful mushroom. Fungi: Woody pore, bracket and other non-gilled fungi by Stephen Axford Photography
Fungi are overwhelmingly hidden – under the earth or inside other organisms. With their caps, tubes, and bulbs, they show us at the most their organs of reproduction. In homeopathy too, there are only a few visible representatives of this natural kingdom. Situated somewhere between plants and animals, the fungi are difficult to classify. Yet their effect on people is very interesting, whether as gut symbiont or agent of disease, as intoxicant or drug, as food or poison. This spectrum of action promises a wide range of homeopathic applications, which have so far been greatly underutilized. With new remedy provings, miasmatic connections and interesting case histories, our group of international authors will describe the magical kingdom of Agaricus, Bovista and Secale in homeopathic terms – from simple yeasts and lichen to the massive organisms of the higher fungi. The articles as a whole illustrate this complex natural kingdom. With this issue SPECTRUM presents a further, especially fascinating chapter of its modern, living materia medica.
All of a sudden the doctors and researchers want to investigate this mushroom, or rather the active ingredient, to be used as a psychotropic agent for people with mental and emotional disorders. People have been using these mushrooms to go on 'trips' forever and now I think they want to make a drug to sell in the marketplace.