As I have mentioned previously, I have noted that many if not most of the questions asked regarding medicinal plants is what plant can I use for a specific medical problem, the same question that is asked of commercial pharmaceuticals. From my reading I have learned that each medicinal plant has a very broad range of what it can be used for and that the plant elixir goes to the cause of the disease whereas the commercial pharmaceuticals generally treat the more advanced symptoms of a disease and do not get to the cause. Another characteristic of plant medicine is that if you listen to what the plant has to say you find that the plant has greater understanding of what you may need than we do as humans. In the evolution of life on Earth plants are much-much older than animal life and much more experienced in adapting to environmental conditions in which they live. Their intelligence needs to be valued.
How do you listen to plants? I have listened to animal spirit guides for fifteen or more years using ecstatic trance for which I am a certified instructor. I do not need to ingest anything of the animal spirit guide to receive its healing guidance, but many people believe that the plant needs to be ingested to benefit from it. As I have pursued listening to plant spirit guides using ecstatic trance I find that they offer me the same kind of story narratives that the animal spirit guides offer, stories that tell me how to live, and what I need to change within myself to live in a more healthy manner, giving me new directions in life. These physical, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life that are the deeper causes of disease are what need to change to bring about health in overcoming most all diseases. Treating the symptoms of these diseases does not get to the source of the problem as happens with the use of commercial pharmaceuticals.
There are those who use plant essences and homeopathic remedies that contain nothing or next to nothing of the plant. These remedies are used in the initiation or ritual experience that brings about an altered state of consciousness as in the ritual to induce ecstatic trance thus opening a person to listen to the plant and learn what needs to be done physically, behaviorally, emotional or spiritually to bring about health.
Pictured is the Carchi Woman Healing Posture from 500 to 1500 AD found in Carchi, Ecuador.