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HERBS; Medicinal, Magical & Metaphysical

The study of herbs could take many lifetimes and there are a lot of sub categories and "herbal adjacent" things to study besides how they heal physically. As with life itself, the physical, mental and spiritual can all be healed and enhanced using herbs and there are a wide variety of ways, from teas and tinctures to Rootwork in the Hoodoo or in the Gypsy tradition and even to the use of entheogens, to explore.\r\nThis zone is meant to be open to ALL of those avenues of study and discussion.\r\nDISCLAIMER\r\nNone of the information presented here is meant to replace medical treatment. Only use herbs as medicine if you know what you are doing, not if you just THINK you know what you’re doing, if you’re wrong there can be negative side effects. Improper use of herbs, just as improper use of prescription drugs, can harm or kill. Remember, natural doesn't always mean safe.\r\nCross reference at least three reliable sources of information before taking an herb. Be sure about dosage and...
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The Barefoot Doctors of China

    The Barefoot Doctors of China
    In some countries there are shortages of health care professionals for the main populace. In fact there are countries that have as few as 10 doctors for every 100,000 people and I won’t even begin to expound upon the fact that in some countries the only reason people cannot get health care is because they are low income or uninsured. When China faced the problem of health care not reaching rural areas its government came up with a solution, train the peasants to treat the peasants and thus the term Barefoot Doctor originated in China in the 1960’s.


    Despite some coordinated efforts in their past, medical care was simply not reaching the rural areas of China. The fact that urban trained doctors didn’t settle in rural areas only exacerbated the problem. In China the ball started rolling in 1945 on the eve of the communist revolution. Party leaders, including Mao Zedong, knew that improving the health of peasants was integral to increasing agricultural production. Mao Zedong, the then Chairman of the Communist Party of China, was a critic of the urban bias of medicine and said as much in the Health Care speech he delivered in 1965. Mao's revolution was struggling in 1965 and with his launch of the Cultural Revolution he expanded the idea of health for the masses ordering that, "In health and medical work, put the stress on rural areas." With that, China's "barefoot doctors" were brought to light.

    By 1968 the Barefoot Doctors program was integrated into public policy. Barefoot Doctors were farmers who received basic paramedical training and worked the rural areas of China. The name comes from southern farmers who would often work barefoot in the rice paddies. In the spirit of community and with the interests of good health both mentally and physically the Barefoot Doctors of China were part of a cultural revolution. Serving rural communities in China this way even lowered health care costs. Of course there are times when western medicine is really the only option but there is much we can learn about attending to ourselves when it comes to acute conditions. It is also fairly easy to treat oneself using herbs and other things that are easy to come by, like a potato or even a spiderweb among other household things.

    "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."
    ~Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)