Update Sept. 2016: I had reason to remember this post today since I'm off to a local's house to pick up some branches so that I can harvest the bark. I'm very excited to have some local bark. This is a lovely herbal medicine that I am now using in a formula from Chinese Medicine that helps soothe the soul. A shen tonic which includes polygala, poria, astragulus, licorice, and reishi. Yes, I'm now learning a bit about chinese herbalism and I can finally do formulas because I continue to heal and am no longer so hypersensitive.
I tested hyperthyroid about 6 weeks ago...it made my iatrogenic nervous system chaos far worse. I took herbs (mostly a variety of different but particular nervine herbs which I made into teas and sipped therapeutically throughout the day) and did yoga, concentrating on a few poses for supporting my thyroid and also emphasized certain healthy foods in my diet. A few days ago I sensed I no longer needed the herbs (I continuously intuitively took what I needed, not what is generally prescribed by herbalists, even...I totally listened to my body and the energetics of the herbs) So I stopped the herbs a few days ago as they seemed to no longer be needed and in fact were not agreeing with me anymore and so I stopped them over the course of a few days. Today it's been 6 weeks since I last tested and my thyroid test came back NORMAL. … [click on title for the rest of the post]