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Herbal Medicine

“There have never been in a past, present, and in future any synthetic drug more powerful then herbal plants. The only problem is that people have forgotten which plants to use and how to use them.”


When technology came new generation of synthetic drugs were manufactured, majority of which have very troublesome affect upon health. Today it is not unusual that some people have to sacrifice their body parts in order to stay alive. Yet just recently in a past it was quite common that a person could cure himself of any illness.

Our goals are to recreate knowledge of natural healing and bring a Man closer to Godly Nature. Today we offer you an informative article titled Industrial Herbalism. Also, active participants along with members of the "Source of Life Association" worked hard together to compile a topic on Herbal Medicine in our Resource Library. To find out more, click here.

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Industrial Herbalism

The dawn of the 21st century finds health and healthcare in a remarkable dichotomy. On the one hand we have exponential growth in medical technology, cutting edge surgery, new and improved wonder drugs and scientific breakthroughs in medical research every day. On the other hand we are seeing epidemics of new modern-day diseases like diabetes, ADHD, obesity, anxiety disorders, and countless others. We see alarming proportions of the population dependent on anti-depressants, blood thinners, insulin, ad infinitum. There's a drug for every complaint—do it yourself over-the-counter meds and big gun prescription drugs.

Yet in spite of all these major advances on the medical frontier, more and more people are seeking out alternative medicine in the pursuit of health. Herbal medicine is enjoying a modern-day renaissance as people are rejecting the onslaught of drug therapies with their questionable results. And rightly so.

While drugs have certainly improved the quality of life and saved many lives when appropriately used, they also have a dark side and an enormous potential for abuse:

  • Almost all drugs have unwelcome side effects, some subtle, but some so severe that they compound the original problem in a downward spiral. Sometimes drugs are prescribed as an antidote to side effects from other drugs!
  • Drugs are too often prescribed as a quick-fix solution to problems that could more easily and safely be corrected through simple diet and lifestyle changes or nutritional counseling.
  • Drugs have no nutritional value. Vitamins and minerals are the true building blocks of health. Most of today's chronic ailments are from nutritional deficiencies which drugs are powerless to correct.
  • Drugs can provide comfort from pain and symptom relief, but drugs do not and cannot heal.
  • Drugs are often substitutes for tender loving care (TLC). Drugs can never replace exercise, fresh air, nourishing food, positive attitudes, right relations, love and other keys to healthy living.

As folks get more savvy to these problems and increasingly discouraged by the failings of the healthcare system, the herb market is wide open and flourishing. We see new companies and new herbal products on the shelves each year, even finding their way into mainstream drug stores competing with pharmaceuticals. Some of the larger co-ops and health food stores have specially trained staff to help consumers select appropriate remedies. Alternative health care providers have to be up-to-date and knowledgeable about the latest product lines. Even mainstream doctors are finding it necessary to familiarize themselves with popular herbs and their usage.

It is heartening to see people turning once again to this most ancient tradition of healing, but there is also a downside to the growing herb industry that we need to be aware of. We are beginning to encounter some of the same problems that we see with our industrialized, mechanized health-care system.

For one thing, our herbs are beginning to look more and more like drugs! Most people have absolutely no connection to the plants themselves, the very heart and soul of herbal medicine. There's a vast difference between seeking out your medicine from the forest and the field and choosing a product from a shelf in a drugstore. Some folks are spraying their lawns with noxious chemicals to rid themselves of dandelions and then turn around and pay 15$ for a bottle of dandelion root extract for their hypoglycemia! In the quest for the simpler wisdom of ancient times, we get inevitably sidetracked by the lure of the marketplace.

Supply and demand fuels the herb industry and we find modern-day herbs mimicking pharmaceuticals to compete on the market. Herbs become another commodity in the economic hustle rather than a common, abundant resource freely available to all. The herb market becomes wrought with many of the same problems we see with profit-driven business practices:

  • Mass production of herbs, not necessarily organic, compromises the quality and value of the herbs. Warehoused herbs suffer a loss of potency in shipping and storage, especially dried, bulk herbs, which compromises their effectiveness and integrity.
  • Mass exploitation of wild herbs puts more and more plants on the threatened and endangered list each year. We see this here in the US with the plight of the Goldenseal, wild Ginseng and native Echinacea. Pop herbs from the rainforest and other exotic places also open the way for exploitation of indigenous peoples and habitats.
  • Environmental and economical costs of shipping and transportation of herbs soar as we seek our medicine from afar rather than in our own bioregions. Many herbal products that are imported long distances grow in reckless abundance all around us. There are almost always local herbs that are just as effective as exotic imports.
  • We lose connection with the growers, harvesters, and producers of herbs and herbal preparations, a vital link in a healthy community. Maintaining this connection ensures high quality and accountability by the suppliers. It also helps to bring the knowledge of herbal medicine back into the hands of the people, rather than relinquishing it to specially trained professionals and profiteers.

With the rising popularity of herbs and natural health care products, we can easily envision that it won't be long before the drug corporations co-opt the market, driving out small, ‘backwoods' suppliers and controlling the sales and distribution of herbs with heavy regulations and licensing requirements.

Herbs are no longer plants, but products on the shelves. Most people today have become thoroughly divorced from the land, trained instead to be smart shoppers. Milk comes from a carton, soup comes from a can, herbs come from the co-op. One fad herb after another gets spotlighted as the cure for what ails you, while the deeper, simpler truths about herbal healing are lost in the fray.

Knowledge of the herbs used to be common to all, intricately woven into the daily lives of primitive and land-based cultures, as familiar as the menu at McDonalds is today. It was a natural, organic wisdom in times when people lived by the grace and mercy of the land. Supermarkets and drugstores are a relatively new phenomenon in the history of the world. Specially trained medicine people were equipped to handle unusual or crisis situations when all else failed, but routine health care was always in the hands of lay people, usually housewives and mothers.

Today our lives have become so compartmentalized that we delegate responsibility for our health to professionals and specialists along with many other basic skills once common to man. People are forced to seek out the experts because they have become so removed from the plants that grow at their very doorstep.

The truth is that herbs are not drugs, they are not substitutes for drugs, and they are not meant to be used like drugs. In the beginning the herbs were given to man and animal for food. Wild animals do not take drugs, nor do they need vitamin supplements; they are perfectly sustained by the plant kingdom. Even the carnivorous animals higher up the food chain are eating the wild herbs in the flesh of their prey.

Today we see domesticated animals raised for market production being pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, and other drugs because artificial diets cannot sustain them. Shockingly, the same can be said for the human population.

We need to bring the herbs back to the table, first and foremost!!! When herbs are recognized as food and sustenance, nutritionally superior far and away above anything on the shelf at the local supermarket, then the healing can begin.

The deepest truth about herbs is that they heal by nourishing us, by supplying our bodies with all the nutrients and building blocks of health so that we can be strong, vital, and able to resist and overcome many of the ailments afflicting mankind. The root of nearly all disease is malnutrition, even in first world nations. Herbs heal best by preventing and reversing nutritional deficiencies so the body can restore itself to its natural state of health. Without this foundational understanding of herbs, herbal medicine is a farce and a counterfeit system.

As for first aid needs, you don't need a laboratory to prepare effective herbal remedies. Any kitchen will do. Harvesting herbs and preparing home medicines for food, first aid and basic comfort needs should be as normal and natural as gardening and cooking dinner. We need to demystify the art of herbal medicine-making and bring it back into the kitchen.

Making healing salves, tinctures, syrups and teas is simple, fun, and fulfilling. You don't need special equipment or special ingredients for most preparations. A few afternoons spent in the field and in the kitchen can supply a family with basic first aid and home comfort needs for years to come. It's so easy, even the kids can help!

Sure there are situations and life-threatening illnesses that need special attention outside the home from competent professionals. I am not advocating something radical or dangerous, but simply to put medical technology in its rightful place and use it appropriately. Rather than being totally dependent on it, it should be a resource to use when home treatments are not enough. Any family doctor will tell you that much of what comes into his office could have easily been handled at home.

What are needed most in the realm of modern-day herbalism are teachers! There are books and information about herbs abounding, but there's a serious shortage of experiential knowledge, apprenticeship opportunities, and hands-on sharing. We need to remind ourselves of the story of the hungry man who was not fed by telling him about fish or selling him a fish, but by teaching him how to fish. This should be the way of the herbalist, the responsibility of everyone who has been gifted with this knowledge.

For this new renaissance of herbalism to truly have an impact on the health of the people, it needs to be put back into the hands of the common people. The ultimate mission of an herbalist in today's world should be to restore the broken relationship between the people and the plant kingdom, not to get so caught up in marketing, production, and professionalism that this knowledge remains in the hands of the few.

We stand in the gap between our ancestors and our future generations. Freely we have received, now freely give. We need to recognize the trend of industrialized herbalism for what it is and bring herbalism back to its roots.



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July 23/2006 - Day of Earth!

Dear friends!

On behalf of "The Ringing Cedars" Community and the Source of Life Association we would like to congratulate every one with "Dachnik's Day and an All-Earth Holiday" and wish everybody Peace, Health, and Prosperity!

The holiday was welcomed and selebrated in many countries. Celebrations were filled with pure emotions, love and joy. We wish that this bright holiday spreads all over the world and makes every person happier!

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Curriculum: Technologies of construction; Application of latest technologies in development of Kin Domains (further - KD); Socially - psychological aspects of KD; Prospects of civilizational development; Eniography; Ancient Vedic Culture; Art of Imagery; Ecology of Man and spiritual obstetrics; Newest methods of education and upbringing of children; Handicraft in KD; Creative agriculture; Natural land tenure; Family matters; Alternative power engineering; and much more.

Upon completion of the course the Academy will issue an improvement course certificate on the subject of "Creation and Development of Kin Domains"

Academy of Development of Kin Domains invites every one to participate in our program. Monthly enrollment begins at 10am every last Saturday of the month.

Cost of the course is equal to 7500 roubles. Children ages 9 - 14 can attend lectures with parents for free.

In September 2006 two more additional courses are scheduled in city Gelendjik. Participants will also attend a readers conference and visit to Dolmens.

For the first time in August Eco-Village "Rodnoe" is offering a summer camp for children and their parents of all ages. Cost - 3500 roubles per person

Schedule of Lectures for year 2006:

Location: Club "Pure hearts of the Planet", city - Moscow.

  • July 29 - August 6
  • August 26 - Sept 3
  • Sept 30 - Oct 8
  • Oct 28 - Nov 5
  • Nov 25 - Dec - 3
  • Dec 30/2006 - Jan 7/2007

Location: City - Gelendjik, Djanhot, Pshada, Zhane river, Krasnodar region.

  • Sept 16 - Sept 24
  • Sept 23 - Oct 1/2006

Location: Eco-Village "Rodnoe" - summer camp for children and parents.

  • Sept 16 - Sept 24
  • Sept 23 - Oct 1/2006

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    Posted by emil_c in the topic Entheogens:

    Hi fellows,
    I just want to say not to be afraid of eating mushrooms. I did read only the second book of Anastasia, but my parents and grandma were very close with nature, and one of our rambling purposes were mushrooms. So I started to learn and eat them. Then, after graduation (forestry) I even managed to break some family myths about some dangerous mushrooms
    The truth is that there are much more "friendly"mushrooms that "dangerous" ones. Again - there are some deadly mushrooms, too. But playing with death is every time you step on the street,or get into the car...

    So, I fully agree with Petr - do not experiment, handle them with care and love. Don't be afraid to pick up your mushrooms for meal (when I was student I used to go out in the morning for my mushrooms for breakfast), but only if you're 100% convinced about them.

    Mushrooms are fascinating - you can read a lot about some about Psylocibe Mexicana in Carlos Castaneda's books. Here there is the Amanita Muscaria - with some similar effects they say. I didn't try them either, it is said they are means to explore new dimensions, but only for those who are able to handle them. I don't want to experiment on this side, but am very happy eating them. One more advice - pick them from the soil, trying to avoid destroying the micelium (roots) - (I almost said to cut them from the soil - but I don't know if they would appreciate more a cold metal blade than the gentle touch of your hands)

    Love and Light

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    Articles on Herbal Medicine:

    We invite you to visit "Herbal plants" section of or Resource Library where readers along with the "Source of Life Association" have compiled a series of articles on the subject of Herbal Medicine. We thank everybody who participated in creation of this collection.


    Why learn about herbs?

    How do herbs cure?

    Questions / answers

    Herbs today.

    How safe are herbs?

    Philosophical approach.


    Also, check for articles in a different section of our Resource Library. Please take part in expanding this online resource. If you have any knowledge on selected subjects please share it with everybody. Post your articles in our Library or e-mail your the information to petr@sourceoflife.ca. Your knowledge is needed!

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    "Anastazija" Vladimira Megrea prva je knjiga iz ciklusa od devet knjiga pod nazivom "Zvonki cedar ruski". To je knjiga o neobicnoj ruskoj ženi koja se u jednostavnoj prici o cedru iz tajge želi razotkriti svijetu iscjeljujucom snagom svoje rijeci. Osnovna ideja iscjeljivanja nagoviještena je vec u zaglavlju knjige zvukovnim slogovima, za koje junakinja knjige Anastazija kaže da ih je preuzela iz davnina i unijela u tekst. Oni ce zadobiti snagu žive rijeci i njima ce zapoceti rad na iscjeljenju duše i tijela covjeka.

    U ulozi "savršenoga covjeka", Anastazija svojim visokim idealima i vjerom u buducnost covjecanstva nagovještava stvaranje sretnoga covjeka, kakvim nas ona želi vidjeti danas. Time potvrduje obecanje okultno-ezotericne tradicije o tome da covjek buducnosti može promijeniti sliku svijeta ako ce onaj koji živi danas mijenjati sebe i širiti srecu u svijet. Tako su stvorene pretpostavke za stvaranje kozmicke srece uspostavljanjem žive veze izmedu Boga i Majke Prirode, naše Zemlje, koja se daljnjim citanjem može prepoznati kao mjesto na kojemu ce sretno covjecanstvo stvarati potencijalno ishodište srece za cijeli Svemir.

    Bio bi to sažeti prikaz osnovnih ideja knjige koja na neobjašnjiv nacin osvaja svijet. Nastala je u Rusiji, zemlji koja ce se u konacnici pokazati kao mjesto preobrazbe, i sve ce se više širiti preko Istocne Europe u cijeli svijet.

    Kako najjednostavnije predstaviti hrvatskome citatelju junakinju knjige Anastaziju? Ruski je tisak naziva vidjelicom, iscjeljiteljicom i svemirkom. Iako nam se ona želi predstaviti kao covjek. Ona je samo neznatno drukciji covjek od nas, ona je samo covjek visokorazvijene mašte koji želi zrackom ljubavi ugrijati mnoge zemaljske duše i ujediniti ih cistocom namjere. I sve više u tome uspijeva okupljajuci razlicite ljude oko iste ideje, a kao pomocnik joj služi autor knjige Vladimir Megre, nekadašnji ruski poduzetnik, kojega je sudbina na neobican nacin povezala s Anastazijom, u ovoj jedinstvenoj prici, koju, ako nikako drukcije, možemo prihvatiti kao ljubavnu pricu izmedu njih dvoje.

    Prica zapocinje ekspedicijom na rijecnome brodu po sibirskim rijekama, koju je Megre zapoceo 1994. godine i tako dospio u zabacene predjele sibirske tajge. Prije nego što ce upoznati Anastaziju, on upoznaje njezinog djeda i pradjeda, koji ce se pokazati kao kljucni posrednici i prenijeti mu komadic cedrova drvca, koji je ujedno i osnovni motiv oko kojega se objedinjuje ideja o iscjeljenju. Tu je cedar cuvar pamcenja o nekadašnjoj starovedskoj civilizaciji kojoj je najvjerojatnije pripadala Anastazija. Cedar je sakupljac kozmicke energije koju on skuplja oko tristo godina, nakon cega pocinje "zvoniti": on pocinje blagotvorno djelovati na covjeka i traži covjeka da ga posijece i razdijeli ljudima.

    U presudnom trenutku za covjecanstvo, a ono je upravo nastupilo, cedar nam se otkriva pricom o drevnoj civilizaciji koja vec tisucljecima živi na pragu kultura u ruskoj tajgi, a cija je predstavnica Anastazija. Svojim nas zvonom poziva na djelovanje, i nije li vrijeme da mu se upravo sada i odazovemo?

    Svatko ce svoj zakljucak donijeti sam za sebe. Mnogi su se vec odazvali i okupili u mnogobrojnim Domovima Anastazije koji se osnivaju po Europi, a oni koji to nisu sigurno ce u knjizi pronaci pokoju zanimljivost, a možda i odabrati Anastaziju kao jednoga od ucitelja prakticne duhovnosti. Upravo tom odlikom ona plijeni srca jednostavnih ljudi koji samim citanjem i pricanjem o knjizi postaju njezini misionari. Mnogim kontroverznim izjavama i temama koje ne samo što zahvacaju razlicite znanosti, nego i duboko zadiru izvan granica znanosti, ona je vec zainteresirala mnoge ruske znanstvenike, vidovnjake i iscjeljitelje. A možda zainteresira i hrvatske i objedini svojim idejama i hrvatske citatelje.

    Andreja Varošcic-Austin


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