The Role of Stored Energies of Plants in Remedial Practice
It has long been believed by the ancient healers that every medicinal herb possesses certain energies which correspond to their taste. By combining a variety of herbs to create a remedy, the energies are said to combine and have a different and often stronger effects on a human organism than they would each one of its own.
The Flavour at Work
The ancient explained the remedial action through the medicine's taste, as any medicine came to be through the combination of the five base elements â€“ the earth (gravitational energy), water (a combination of gravitational and electromagnetic energies), fire (electromagnetism, heat and light), air (kinetic energy) and ether (or purificatum, space). Thereby, the entire world of nature is a remedy. The "Earth" form the foundation, the base, the "Water" provides the humidity, the "Fire" gives warmth, the kinetic energy, in turn, is formed by the element of "Air". The taste of natural medicine is on its own considered a remedial factor determined by the combination of one or another pair of these 'elements'. For the sake of demonstration, prevalence of "Earth" and "Water" gives a sweet flavour in a remedy, while the sour taste is influenced by the "Fire" and the "Earth" combination. The Water" and "Fire" give us the salty flavour, "Water" and "Air" â€“ bitter taste, "Fire" and "Air" â€“ hot flavour, and, finally, the "Earth" and "Air" create astringent taste.
The most life-giving power is possessed by the sweet taste, which is then followed by sour, salty, bitter, hot, an astringent tastes in descending order.
The sweet taste is said to strengthen the body tissues, which is why it is said to be of greater benefit to children, older people and individuals weakened by an ailment. It assists the wound healing, generally tends to improve one's appetite, heightens and stimulates body senses, and facilitates longevity. However, overuse may cause stoutness, and be the cause of water (urinal) ailments.
The sour taste very effectively stimulates the appetite and promotes digestion. However, overindulgence often results in weakness, dizziness, swelling, piles, and febrility.
The flavour is said to clear blood-vessel occlusion, increase body heat, and also improves appetite. And again, overindulgence may lead to unpleasant results â€“ hair loss, premature appearance of grey hair and wrinkles, and worst of all â€“ blood disorders.
It is found very beneficial when suffering from appetite loss, food poisoning or a form of intoxication, syncopal and febrile states, and improves hoarseness. Overuse has a tendency to cause weakening of bodily functions.
Also was found effective in supporting wound healing, increasing an appetite, treating various ailments of the throat and skin. Interesting results reported from overindulgence â€“ weakened power of the semen, increased appearance of wrinkles, back and lower back pain, fainting.
The Power of a Plant's Energy Influence on a Human Organism
We know that by eating one particular item we may not even feel a thing, but after eating another one may die instantly. The ancient healers divided this power of influence into four categories or 'stages'. Beginning with 'stage I', all remedies after being taken do not produce any sensations that one may be able to observe, such as getting wormer, or cooler, or maybe some other form of activity. This if, of course, not indicative of a remedy not having the effect at all on whatever it is intended to have an effect. 'Stage IV', on the other hand, refers to such plants that lead to intoxication often leading to death.