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3. Hyssop Chinese Medicine

Humanity is at a crucial juncture collectively. We must take inventories of our beliefs, our property, our relationships, our obligations-basically everything, and make some serious decisions on a personal and global level. What is worthy and worthy of preservation for us? What works no longer, and what should be removed? In other words, we must begin to think more Holistically about our health, lives, and our bodies.

The lungs are paired with large intestines and connected to the metal element (or more accurately, phase), according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Element paradigm. The Metal Phase is an evaluation and release that distinguish the pure and the impure and eliminates what is left. We must get rid of what doesn’t serve us anymore to create room for new energies that match the higher frequency. When we struggle to do that, we get emotionally entangled with attachments that consume us, and we do not find ourselves owning our properties. Our duties are so hampered that we cannot react to what we need, for instance, a change of course or direction.

The lungs also contain grievance that is not fully released. We will start to fear healthy release when we feel burdened by sorrow, emotional endurance, or resistance to the necessary surrender. Rather than using the distance as a starting point for Divine inspiration and creation, we can equate pure room with space and isolation. The comparison is also used in TCM in which our lungs breathe into the atmosphere, including air or our physical relation with the intangible or the Divine. The Divine is the ultimate truth and love; it’s a positive way to consider what is good for us and disengage from what doesn’t purify our soules. 

There are also references to the idea that hyssop purifies the soul and helps crack old models of dysfunctional thinking or behavior, such as rage, addictions and forgiveness. What’s an affliction, dependency, or hatred? Clearly stated, unhealthy emotional habits are based on presumption, and mostly based upon the incapacity for ourselves and others to surrender our imperfections to genuine compassion. What is forgiveness? The willingness to make a decision, regardless of whether it’s about oneself or someone else, is a letting go, a surrender. As we breathe in, we breathe into our body the Divine and exhale the emotional weight we don’t need to bear anymore.

At a visual level, hyssop is one of the leading plants to help the lungs breathe freely. This has an expectorant quality to remove phlegm, but it is thinner, making it waterier and more difficult to dissolve. Sometimes used as tincture or syrup for bronchial problems, herbalists may combine Hyssop with Mullein, Thyme, Licorice, Basil or other herbs that release phlegm, circulate energy in the chest and soothe coughs. The recent onset of colds or influenza is easily remedied by a herbal bath or a hot infusion of the dried or fresh Hyssop plant. Light transpiration stimulates a body that helps expel contaminants from the pores and lower a fever.

The ground, fresh herb applied to injuries and bruises, allows them to heal more efficiently, and a topically applied solution works for joints. Steam from the hot Hyssop infusion will help relieve ear inflammation; its camphor-like fragrance underlines its capacity to open up fragrant obstructive areas. The Hyssop fragrance was once more appreciated than the essential oil of Lavender. 

WARNINGS

The plant is considered to be very safe; nevertheless

– It may stimulate the uterus and should not be used by expectant mothers without medical guidance.

-Many reports say that it should not be used by children or epilepsy because it could be a mild neurotoxin.

– Warnings that the herb can increase blood pressure mean that no one with hypertension should ever use it.

Essential oil (EO) has received a great deal of scrutiny due to the existence of toxic ketone pinocamphene and cautions abound, which advise consumers to neutralize Hyssop EO in a carrier oil at a concentration, not beyond 5 percent efficacy.

Systematic Effect

The convulsant effects of hyssop oil were first researched more than a century ago. Doses of 2.5 mg/kg were injected into dogs, producing almost immediate seizures (Cadéac & Meunier 1891). In 1945, similar tests, injecting hyssop oil at 1–2 mL, revealed a two-phase response. During the first phase, blood pressure went down, breathing became rapid, and random clonic movements appeared. The second phase was characterized by hypertension, rapid heartbeat and numerous clonic contractions. The rapid onset of both phases was noted (Caujolle & Franck 1945b).

The amounts of hyssop oil used in these animal tests were generally high, but there are three reported cases of low-dose hyssop oil ingestion by humans resulting in convulsions. The first case was of a 6-year-old whose mother frequently gave him 2–3 drops of hyssop oil for his asthma. During one severe attack, he was given ‘half a coffee spoon’ (perhaps ~ 1 mL) shortly after which he suffered a convulsion. He fully recovered after three days in hospital (Arditti et al 1978). In the second case, an 18-year-old girl ingested 30 drops of hyssop oil to treat a cold. One hour later she lost consciousness for 10 minutes, during which she suffered generalized contractions and bit her tongue (Arditti et al 1978). In the third case a 26-year-old woman took 10 drops of hyssop oil on each of two consecutive days, and had a seizure on the second day (Millet et al 1981).

There is clearly a risk of seizures from ingested hyssop oil, although it should be noted that there is a linalool chemotype with ~ 50% of linalool, and only 0.5–1.0% of pinocamphone. The risk of seizures from the linalool CT is probably negligible, especially since linalool is an anticonvlusant ).

How Much to Use?

This reasoning may not take into account the thousands of trace chemicals and chemotypes that are also present in a pure steam distilled single-source product that produces natural stability. In my view, a particular compound obtained and delivered at highly concentrated doses does not reflect hyssop. I only use 1-2 drops at a time of very high quality, medicated hyssop EO unadulterated directly in my bath with an oil for absorption and have never had any negative effects. After only two months of using 4-5 drops of oil daily, one of my students took off his blood-pressure medicine. Naturally, if your instinct goes against current scientific reductionist evidence, you have to be responsible for your own choices.

Hyssop will help restore nerves and alleviate grief through the generation of energy, clarity of mind, depression and chest strain. We would better serve our life purpose by not succumbing to the pressure to be too internally strict. Deep and steady breathing again leads to calming the body, soothing the mind and reducing emotional control.

In the Bible, the Jews in Egypt have been forced to defend themselves against the 10th plague by using the Hyssop for marking their doors with the blood of their lamb’s which are the innocent. In this way, they would be spared the harsh judgment or the disease that would be passed on to the Egyptians, particularly the sacrificing of their first-born, the symbol of their leaders and their future.

“Take a part of hyssop, dunk it in the blood that is in the bowl, and apply to the head of the door jamb and the two side posts a portion of the blood that is in the bowl. Not one of you is to go out the entryway of his home until morning.” Exodus 12:22.

COVID-19 and HIV

Further investigation shows that patients who died from COVID-19 had damage to their bodies similar to both SARS and HIV. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Hyssop has also been shown to resist many pathogens, including modern AIDS, besides being regarded as an ancient magical herb used in ceremonies for purifying.    Recent research has shown that the herb prevents HIV replication and is not toxic to uninfected cells. Caffeic acid, assertive tannins and other unidentified high molecular weight compounds are believed to be the active compounds in hyssop that produce this fruitful study.

Of course, hyssop also has the potential for hepatitis diagnosis, including all forms of hepatitis. In TCM, our liver is where we store emotions like frustration, rage, repressed feelings, and unarticulated intimate expressions vigorously. Hyssop, when properly used in Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on disease impacted by the lungs, Covid-19, HIV and Hepatitis.

Chinese Medicine

Pin Yin: Niu Xi Cao

Also Known As: Hyssop

Meridians: Lung, Spleen, Intestines

Key Actions: Tonifies the Lungs, Expels Phlegm, Releases to the Exterior, Tonifies Qi (Energy), Expels Parasites, Prevents Infection.

Medicinal Uses: Coughs, bronchitis, asthma, hay fever, wheezing, intestinal parasites, weak appetite, diarrhea, shortness of breath, exhaustion, chronic fatigue, wounds, cuts, acne, psoriasis.

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