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Chilean Holly (Desfontainia spinosa)
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Michay; Chapico; (Taique Desfontainia spinosa)
Desfontainia spinosa is a small holly-like evergreen shrub native to South America. The plants history of use includes entheogenic, medicinal and ornamental purposes. In Chile, it is known as Taique, in Colombia as borrachero ("intoxicator"). Colombian shamans of the Kamsa tribe take a tea of the leaves to diagnose disease or enter non-ordinary reality. It is also reported that smoking it produces a relaxing dream-like state of perception. These effects are caused from natural constituents made by nature, and are not to be confused with "designer drugs", or "spice".
Holistic healers claim the essence of the herb eases emotional fear of unknown things allowing a free exploration of new states and phases of consciousness. Breakthroughs to new levels are possible, with increased spiritual strength and discipline. It also promotes mental stability after shock and trauma, enabling one to regenerate a positive outlook on life. These breakthroughs are enabled by trained shamanic physicians, and should not be attempted by any one else. Much like the use of Ayahuasca tea, it requires a 'sitter' or 'guide' who knows what they are doing.
Recently, spinosides A and B, two cytotoxic cucurbitacin glycosides have been identified from Desfontainia spinosa (Reddy et al, 1988). For the most part, this herb and its constituents have gone unstudied. We are excited to shed some light on this plant and help distribute it so that more research can be conducted. Another common name for the Chilean is "michay chapico taique". Remember that it could be potentially dangerous and these facts are just facts. Don't try this at home.
Use Caution & Intuition
These plants have been used by people who knew what they were doing. It's very important to be educated when consuming any type of natural remedy, psychoactive, or medicinal plant. Dosages, interactions, precuations, possible side effects and length of use should all be considered before hand. If I were you I would find an accurate dosage and preparation techniques for each individual herb that you plan to consume, as they all vary.
I say these things to prevent harm, not influence people into consuming herbs. Taking anything is done so at your own risk. For making herbal tea's I like to cook it on a low temperature between simmer, or "1" for 20-60 minutes. This seems to make a stronger, more effected herbal tea to me. I'm speaking in general when I say this. For any holistic remedy, a lower temperature slow cooked tea seems to be more effective.
Desfontainia Spinosa ( Chilean Holly ) has also been used in the shamanic brew known as "Ayahuasca."Ayahuasca is a Shamanic brew made and consumed in the Amazon, Peru and other parts of the world. It's been prized among Shamans for it's ability to induce visions and dream like states. Chilean Holly ( desfontainia Spinosa ) has been added to the psychedelic Ayahuasca brew as an additional ingredient that's thought to enhance its "magical powers".
Constituents & Warnings
This plant contains a large number of compounds known to science, and phytochemistry. This species is not to be taken lightly. You can't stop people from doing what they want to do; However, I'd like to let anyone who's considering consuming this plant for whatever reason to do so with great caution. The effects of the Chilean Holly ( Desfontainia Spinosa ) are well documented and extremely powerful and profound. It also contains compounds found in Datura, a potentially deadly species. Sufficient enough of dosage of this plant can induce states of panic, confusion, and even death. Consumption of this bad maw fawka is NOT advised.
Aside from the negative potentials of this puppy, the scientific importance of it still remains. With all of this in mind it seems rather absurd to believe that a holistic approach to spirituality and health is bogus. These plants are far more understood than many people believe. They hold keys to pharmacological and scientific breathroughs. There is much than to learn from this plant, and many others. The new world seems to want to do away with the ancient ways. I say we return to the ways of the old world, and bring in the order of wisdom and love.
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