July 2021 Volume 1 / Issue 157

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Editor’s Letter

The return of psychedelic medicine

COVID-19 has played a significant role in the rise of mental health issues. Promising studies and destigmatization are making psychedelics an increasingly viable treatment for conditions such as PTSD, depression and addiction. The use of substances listed below, should only be used after consultation with your health care provider, and taken in a supervised setting, if the law in your country allows.

Psychedelic medicine such as peyote (Lophophora williamsii); datura (Datura stramonium); psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms) and the seeds of morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor) have been used for thousands of years by Native Americans, the Algonquin people from Eastern Canada, the Huichol and Tarahumara (indigenous people from Mexico) and pre-Mayan cultures.

Bwiti practitioners in Western Africa and the tribes of Gabon conducted ceremonies for at least 1 000 years using Iboga. The Bushmen of Botswana used kwashi (Pancratium trianthum) juice rubbed into incisions into tribesman scalp. San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi) has been used in Peru since 1 300 BCE and the ayahuasca brew was used by indigenous groups in Peru, Brazil, and other South American countries since at least 1 000 AD.

In 1970 US president Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law, effectively eliminating the scientific study of the effects of psychedelics. In 1986, the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies was founded, representing the return of the field of psychedelic medicine. Uncovering the potential of psychedelic medicine is something we will definitely follow up on. For now, we invite you to read the article on ayahuasca in this week’s newsletter.

THANK YOU TO OUR EXPERTS

Our authors receive no payment or any other form of remuneration from us or from the industry. They take time out from their busy schedules to write articles – and then we insist that they meet our deadlines, submit extra references, answer endless queries from reviewers and copy editors, and respond to the letters we receive from you, our readers. Here’s to all of them! May their tireless and tremendous efforts bring them well-deserved rewards.

Yours in Healthy Living

Daleen Totten Signature

A dedication to Margaret Roberts

By |2021-07-07T15:25:46+00:00July 1st, 2021|

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Margaret Roberts, our queen of hearts and herbs, an expert on our panel for over 10 years and much-loved and respected herbal pioneer. Her passion for plants is reflected in the diverse range of culinary, aromatic and medicinal herbs she cultivated and shared with people both locally and internationally.

Ayahuasca – spirit plant medicine divine

By |2021-07-07T21:20:06+00:00July 7th, 2021|

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The name Ayahuasca means ‘vine of the soul’. Long used in religious and healing ceremonies by the shamans of the Western Amazonian tribes, the plant has hallucinatory and visionary effects and stimulates powerfully transcendent experiences. Laura Jones tells about her journey to Peru in search of healing.

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About the Author:

As editor, publisher and founding member of Natural Medicine Magazine, Daleen has been researching and publishing on natural health spanning over 25 years. She has an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of health and natural products. She has a passion for knowledge and strives to share the work of the brightest minds and biggest hearts in healing. She is the mother of three children.
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