Amanita Muscaria Magical Mushrooms as Medicine Fly Agaric Toadstool
The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross
Amanita muscaria magical mushrooms not for you
With its stark warning colours Amanita muscarias red and white flecks help identify this magical mushroom as a member of a deadly family of mushrooms. Amanita muscaria’s often commonly referred to as fly agaric in European countries. The mushroom remains highly significant in terms of its medical, as well as magical properties. This magical mushroom grows throughout Europe, Russia and America. Fly agaric refers to its common name as it’s often soaked in milk and honey followed with its placement at windows to keep flies at bay.
Amanita muscaria symbolism appears in many forms of literature as well as modern media. This magical mushroom makes a distinctive appearance in many forms of children’s literature, folk stories, fine art photography, and computer games such as the Mario Brothers series. Even Santa Claus and his magical flying reindeer have an association with this prestigious magical mushroom. Yet this is strange why would we expect to see this mushroom in so many forms of entertainment? Can it be that this unusual Mushroom has some other significance upon the Human Psyche. Perhaps it is fair to say that there is a connection here that extends further than we might imagine.
Amanita Muscaria Magical Mushrooms
The Wonder of the Fly Agaric and its Growing Location
Amanita Muscaria belongs to a potent family named the Amanita family of mushrooms. The Amanita family features such infamous members as the highly deadly Death Cap (Amanita phalloides) and the Destroying Angel (Amanita bisporigera) amongst a host of others.
The muscaria mushroom remains very distinctive, often found in the autumnal season. A cold frost will however spell the end of this wondrous fungi. Amanita muscaria’s location usually locates it under birch trees which begin to stir this mushrooms magical mushroom association within Celtic mythology. The Birch tree has associates with fertility, and woodland spirits. Amanita muscaria features clearly visible red colouring with red spots, or warts, covering the top of the mushroom. Underneath the gills indicate a pale white colouration.
Amanita muscaria has an alternative health application, giving its inclusion into the magical mushrooms arena of interest. Fly agaric remains closely linked with the neurological functioning of the human body in alternative medicine. Amanita muscaria as a mushroom has uses in treating varying nervous disorders. These disorders originate within a neurological capacity and include such illnesses as dementia, continual dizziness, and Parkinson’s disease. Other uses for this magical mushroom as an alternative medicine has enabled sufferers from nervous tics, depression and epilepsy to feel significant less adverse symptoms with the use of the fly agaric as a medicine.. The mushroom primarily focuses on cerebral treatments. This revels the mushroom has a chemical ability to effect a persons neurotic state of wellbeing.
Homeopathic Uses of the Fly Agaric
Homeopathy also uses the Amanita muscaria within its field of treatment. Fly agaric dilutions become utilised for problems with the female menopause as well as subduing over-excitability, bladder and intestinal cramps of the human body.
The magical mushrooms main chemical components within the fly agaric remains the key to this mushrooms significant alternative health benefits. Ibotenic acid and muscimol (a psychoactive alkaloid) exists as the two active medicinal ingredients found within the Amanita muscaria fly agaric mushroom. Great care should be taken and this mushroom must never be eaten raw or unprocessed. The poisons present whilst it is still moist are enough to render serious liver damage to anyone that eats it.
There remain various reports throughout modern, as well as ancient cultures, about how the Amanita muscaria mushroom remains widely used in cross-cultural Shamanic rituals. Scriptures of use of the fly agaric remains recorded in Buddhist, Native American, Japanese, Siberian, ancient Greek, and proto-Hindi manuscripts throughout the world as a whole across differing times and social groups. The mushroom has a potential hallucinogenic property while some consider the fly agaric highly poisonous in its natural state. It is strange that this mushroom also extends to other cultures. It has at once become a symbol for various nations and tibes throughout the earth.
The Flay Agaric in Shaman and Shamanic uses
Reactions to the Amanita muscaria mushroom appear to differ from person-to-person. Each fly agaric, despite its magical mushroom status, contains varying amounts of chemical which may cause adverse liver damage and possibly death.
Shamans in Siberia process fly agaric as part of a shamanistic ritual. However they have a way of synthesizing the Fly agarics natural poisons. The method involves feeding the Amanita muscaria magical mushrooms to reindeer and then collecting the animal’s urine. The reindeer’s able to naturally negate the fly agarics poisons without harm. The Reindeer’s urine, safe from poisons, gets drunk by shamans as part of their ritualistic event.
What’s also interesting about the Amanita muscaria mushroom remains clearly seen through the potency of the chemicals involved after it’s already drunk. The chemicals within Amanita muscaria remain present even after initial processing through the human body. This allows the shamans of Siberia to collect their own urine in a communual pot for shared drinking. Its potency passes through the human body allowing its use again and again. Its estimated that it pass through the human body ten times without losing its chemical properties or potency.
The musroom sometimes gets mispronounced as Amanite, when in fact it is Amanita! The connection and affinity between man nature and animals makes this mushroom most interesting. However it's really only used by shamans, for purposes those that are uninitiated should leave well alone.
Amanita Muscaria Fly Agaric Magical Mushrooms
The toxicity of the Fly Agaric
Whilst some people may look at this drug with wild eyes, it is important to remember that this fungi or mushroom if you prefer is extremely toxic and can cause fatal injuries and liver and kidney damage as well as death. Effects of ingestion can include (due to high levels of muscarine and other toxic alkaloids) nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive salivation, perspiration, watering of the eyes, slowed and difficult breathing, dilated pupils, confusion, and excitability. Illness usually begins within a few hours after eating the mushrooms, and recovery usually occurs within 12 hours.