The doctrine of signatures states that foods or herbs resembling an organ or body part can be useful in the healing or nourishment of that area.
From this mushroom can you deduce the connection to the nervous system?
This is the kind of intuitive eating and relationship to the world of food and medicine I enjoy.
I feel Nature can be read and understood without a degree. That we can develop our senses and faculties of awareness that can lead us to an inherent knowing of the right foods and medicines for our sustainment.
Today, science is beginning to support the conclusion about the connection of these type of fungi to the nervous system. Mushrooms in the Hericium genus, with the most commonly studied being Herecium erinaceus aka Lions Mane, have been shown to stimulate nerve cells, nerve growth factor and myelination among other actions.
What do you think, how did ancient and indigenous cultures know what science is only now beginning to prove? Were they accessing and gathering their knowledge in a different way? Post your comments below…
These photos are from an inner city walk and forage in the woods where I found several of the coral tooth fungi also known as Hericium coralloides. It is a delicious edible mushroom that is such a delight to discover.