Welcome the basementshaman.com. An article where you can ready about in depth article about different herbs and mushrooms that have, or is claimed to, medical properties. The Shaman always look at both the scientifically proven and the unproven.
The website feature information on both legal and illegal herbs and fungi. An example of this is that we write about cannabis sativa that remain an illegal substance in many jurisdiction. The Shaman does not take a legal or ethical stance on the consumption of controlled herbs and fungi. The shaman do not condone it but he does not condemn it either. The shaman only look at the medical effects of the plants and fungi without further considerations.
The Shaman does not provide information on how to grow controlled herbs and fungi and will not help you find where to buy them.
Native populations the world over have used different plants, herbs and fungi to treat different disease and afflictions. Some of these remedies have been little more than scams performed by hustlers who prayed on the sick. Some of these scam remedies spread among well meaning medicine men who thought the scams were real. Other natural remedies where very effective against the diseases they were designed to fight and could rival the effectiveness of our modern medicines.
Or in other words: The world wasn’t to different back then. There were medical scams designed to trick people and well meaning healers who just want to help. Just like now.
Many of the remedies that was a used by native populations were closely guarded secrets that was past down from shaman to shaman. Only a small part was common knowledge or written down. That unfortunately means that we have lost a lot of the knowledge about medical plants, herbs and fungi that once existed. The knowledge we have retained is only a small part of what we once knew. This is especially true in certain areas such as the Amazon where the biodiversity is very large and where de-foresting means that we lose potential medicines every day.
All this lost knowledge and potentially lost medicines motivated me to devote my free time to medical herbs and lost knowledge. This website is a part of that work. And attempt to spread the knowledge gathered.
Natural supplements VS modern medicine
It is important that every one understands that I am not against modern medicine. I do not believe we should use natural remedies instead. I think both types of medicine have an important role to play and that both types can complement each other. We should devote resources to study both types of medicines and use both as is appropriate. There are a lot of medical problems that can be treated with natural remedies but there is also a lot of diseases that is best treated with modern medicine.
The most important example of a disease that should be treated with modern medicine. Never bet your life on a natural remedy that hasn’t been scientifically proven to be effective against your disease. Always use modern medicine to maximize your chance of recovery. With this being said. Their is nothing to prevent you from using natural remedies as well. Use them with modern medicine, not instead of. Always ask your doctor before starting taking a natural supplement if being treated for a disease. Some supplements can interact with the medicines and neutralize them or create dangerous side effects.
The problem with scams
The natural remedy field has a big problems with scams. There are a lot of individuals that are active in this field that sell products that have no proven effect but they still promise that it will be good against everything from bunions to cancer. These individuals hurt our field and makes it hard for real scientist to do research on natural remedies. It is not a serious field. It is up to all of us to try to clean up the field and point out scams where ever we see them. It is time to turn natural medicine into a true science, not a faith.