Plants that Kill and Heal

Pushed maybe by the vital need to find a solution for his diseases, man directed all his attention to the plant world, because it provided him with food and raw materials, and maybe he thought it could also be useful to cure his diseases. During the second half of the XVI century, the “theory of similarity” appeared, and lasted several centuries. According to this belief, plants could cure an organ of the human body if they had some similarity with it. The herb of the liver (Anemone hepatica), for example, has leafs that remind us of the liver lobes, and so it was considered ideal to cure diseases of this organ; the alkekengi (Physalis alkekengi) was used for the swollen bladder because the persistent chalice that surrounds its fruit is orange and has the shape of a little leathern flask. It's true that many plants exist which contain healing substances that are very efficient. These substances are in a particular physical-chemical state; they are gradually released in the body, so their therapeutic effect lasts a long time. Added to their healing properties, plants provide other substances that have hallucinogenic effects in man. These have been used over time for certain practices that made you access “other states of consciousness.” This section will describe those plants that are especially interesting due to their use in the magic tradition, showing their features and properties and warning about the risk of using them irresponsibly.

REMEMBER: Plants can be optimum medicines, although in an exaggerated dose they are sometimes harmful or even lethal.