Nathanael Szobody wrote:There are ways of describing treatment in a research sort of way: "This is how traditional healers of Bolivia treat boils..." a collection of testimonials really. As you indicate, it would really have to be indexed regionally as well.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:Thanks Martin,
By far the most useful website there is http://tropical.theferns.info/
Just the shear number of plants they have is unlike anything I've seen--and they include African one as well.
What's lacking is the ability to search the same information by ailment. On the one hand, I would like to search a plant in my yard and see what it treats. That's what this website is good for. On the other hand, I'd like to search an ailment and get a list of the herbs that treat it to see if I have any. That's what I haven't found yet. It would also be nice to narrow search results by continent. . .
Nathanael Szobody wrote:
Martin Jaeger wrote:Some years ago I came across mention of Shroea robusta in some Ayurvedic medicine book at the UC Berkeley. The resin was given as a cure for the cracks that form in heels, and for psoriasis. About six months ago the ridges of my heels began to fissure, and the best a podiatrist could suggest was surgery. I managed to track down S. robusta resin about a month later, and began application twice daily. The cracks disappeared about three weeks ago, and so far have not returned. Consider this anecdotal evidence.
Now that's precisely the sort of thing I'm looking for; some concrete testimonial. Now we can just collect lots of such anecdotes and index them to and make them searchable.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:How strange they do not work.... Do they work for local people? Or else why do they use them!?
Much of the ancient knowledge has been lost. People just pop antibiotic pills sold in the market for any given ailment. People try a lot of tree roots and leaves, but most of the remedies are just hearsay, so it's a shot in the dark. A few people have real experience, but in Africa it's all about secrecy...
steve bossie wrote:martin, the s. uplandica bocking 4/14 varieties are the ones that were bred to not have toxins in the leaves not the true comfrey. see susan weeds quote above.
Martin Jaeger wrote:
Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm glad I saw this, because a few days back I'd asked about using it externally as a poultice for an injured knee that just wasn't getting better. I'd already made one poultice out of one leaf and some stem, only to find out that even external use was considered dangerous for pregnant women. So I ended up not doing any more poultices, out of concern for my baby's forming liver.
It's good to know that the domesticated varieties don't have the toxin in their leaves/stems.
Question, is there an easy way to tell the difference between the wild and the blocking varieties? I was gifted some comfrey root, but wasn't told what type it was. Thanks!
All Symphytum species have some toxicity; S. officinale just has the least amount. In all species the poisonous component is concentrated in the root. If you use S. officinale with a little common sense, you will not have a problem. All this controversy started because a guy in Australia decided to self-medicate using Comfrey, and could not be bothered to research it enough to know what he was doing. Basically he brewed up a cup of Comfrey tea, using couple teaspoons of the root each time, and drunk two or three cups every day, day after day, week after week, month after month, until the pyrrolizidine alkaloids (symphytine, echimidine, symglandine and lycopsamine) built up enough to poison his liver. I don't recall how many months that took to kill him...I'd guess six months to a year. So then the Aussie equivalent of our FDA banned Comfrey as a deadly substance, and not to be outdone, our beloved FDA tried to do the same. It would seem neither understands that everything has an overdose potential, and everything that has a good effect also has a bad effect. Chug a big bottle of Bacardi 151 Rum, and you die. Take too many AMA-sponsored, FDA-approved, doctor-prescribed sleeping pills, and you die. Anyway, using comfrey leaf poultice, salve, etc., is not dangerous. Comfrey leaf tea is not dangerous if taken sensibly. Comfrey root should only be used by a actual herbalist that knows what he is doing.
Dave Millersuraj wrote:Hi guys,
I have been trying to quit smoking since the past 4 months. I smoke atleast 20 cigarettes a day. The maximum that I have been without smoking is 1 week, but after that the urge gets unbearable. I am aware about champix, but I am afraid to try it due to the side effects. Please help guys.
Jarret Hynd wrote:Would have liked to try some, but unfortunately after a brief search I can't find any sellers offering less than $25-30/pound. If I order 20kg worth I might be able to get it for $15/pound, but I have no intentions of starting up a tea shop
Always amuses me how when anything goes north of the border, even something like dried leaves, the price goes up 150-200%.
Jared Gardener wrote:Does anyone have any recommendations for dissolving and passing gallstones?
Anonymous wrote:I am looking into herbs that help with kidney stones & would like to hear from others about this.