In todays society where natural remedies seem to be everywhere from women’s magazines to blogs;) the topic of holistic healing has become as natural (pun intended) to speak about as modern day medicine. But while there are constantly new discoveries in health and healing, the topic of holistic health should not be discussed without mentioning the godfather of holistic health, Edgar Cayce.
Edgar Cayce was born in March 18, 1877, and is credited as being the father of holistic medicine. Referred to as “The Sleeping Prophet” Cayce was known for being able to induce himself into a sleep like state where he was able to psychically receive answers to questions from healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, future events and more. He is considered to be the most documented psychic of the 20th century and has had hundreds of books written about him and based off of his readings including these best sellers:
The Edgar Cayce Remedies by
Edgar Cayce Encyclopedia of Healing by
Reincarnation & Karma by Edgar Cayce
In 1931, Edgar Cayce founded the Association for Research and Enlightenment, ARE, who’s purpose was to research and explore subjects such as: holistic health, ancient mysteries such as Atlantis, personal spirituality, dreams and dream interpretation, intuition, philosophy and reincarnation and this is still their purpose to this day. His past life readings and charts have been well sought after due to the level of accuracy and how knowing about ones past lives can help healing current issue which seem to have no root.
The following text is all taken from the ARE website and are not my own words. You can learn more about the ARE and the following information on their website HERE
POTATO POULTICE FOR EYE CONDITIONS
Edgar Cayce often recommended potato poultices (packs) for eye problems involving irritation or inflammation (such as blepharitis – swollen eyelids). Here are some specific recommendations for using potato poultices:
- Use white (“irish”) potatoes.
- Use “old,” (not freshly dug) potatoes that have not frozen or spouted. One reading defined “old” as a potato that had been dug the previous year.
- If possible, use organic potatoes.
- Wash potatoes thoroughly.
- Grate or scrape the potato (peel and pulp).
- Apply the grated potato to a gauze.
- Close your eyes.
- Place the gauze and grated potato over the affected eye(s).
- Leave the poultice on for 30 to 60 minutes each session.
- Wash the eyes with a weak solution such as 20% boric acid. For severe cases, the readings sometimes recommended washing the eyes before and after the potato poultice.
The frequency of treatment varied with the severity of the condition. Typically, the poultice was recommended to be used each morning and evening until inflammation and irritation subsided. The readings sometimes suggested cycles of treatment wherein the poultice is used for two or three days and then rest for a couple of days before resuming the cycle.
ALUM FUSION FOR ABDOMINAL CRAMPS AND DIARRHEA
Alum root was recommended by Edgar Cayce for treatment of abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Here is a simple formula for preparing alum root:
“Prepare this also in a fusion: Put 1/4 oz. of alum root in 4 oz. of distilled water and let come to a boil, then strain. Be sure the alum root is crushed. Add to this, 1/2 oz. of simple syrup and take 1 oz. of grain alcohol or rye whiskey and add. This is only to be taken, 1 tsp. when there is cramping through the alimentary canal or colon.”
Atomidine is a commercial product which is sold as an antiseptic for cuts, sores, infections, insect bites, and skin rashes. However, Atomidine is also often taken internally in minute doses as recommended by Edgar Cayce as a glandular stimulant and purifier. Atomidine contains 1% iodine trichloride and other unlisted ingredients.
Edgar Cayce stated that Atomidine “will increase the flow of secretions or activities in the glands of the system (as related to the ductless) …” [411-1] It is used for treating a wide variety of conditions related to glandular dysfunction.
Since Atomidine contains iodine, when taken internally, it can over-stimulate the thyroid gland and heart. Edgar Cayce recommended that Atomidine be taken under the supervision of a physician.
Typically, Atomidine is taken in cycles which vary greatly depending upon the needs of each individual. A typical cycle may involve taking Atomidine for five days and then resting for five days.
Here are some basic instructions for taking Atomidine:
Take Atomidine in a cycle of 1 2 3 2 1 drops per day for 5 days, off 5 days, and 1 2 3 2 1 drops per day for 5 days. Do this once per month (that is, when the cycle is done, wait 2 weeks and begin again). [1 2 3 2 1 means 1 drop the first day, 2 drops the second day, 3 drops the third day, 2 drops the fourth day, and 1 drop the fifth day – in half a glass of water, before breakfast.]
CAUTION: Atomidine should only be taken under the supervision of a physician. Some individuals may experience increased anxiety and/or cardiovascular functioning as a result of taking Atomidine.
EPSOM SALTS PACKS
The Edgar Cayce readings recommended a variety of packs to relieve pain, improve eliminations, and produce relaxation in the body. Epsom salts packs were often recommended for symptomatic relief of abdominal or lower back pain. Here are some simple directions for making and using Epsom salts packs for lower back pain:
- Dissolve Epsom salts in hot water (two cups to a quart of water) in a small basin or pot.
- Soak a large piece of flannel or heavy towel in the Epsom salts solution.
- Apply the pack over the affected area.
- Place plastic over the pack and then a heating pad to maintain the heat until the Epsom salts have completely dried or have become caked in the pack.
- Leave the pack on until it becomes hardened or dried.
- Cleanse the area with water.
- Massage the area with pure (cold-pressed) peanut oil using all the oil that the body will absorb.
LEMON JUICE THERAPY
The juice of a fresh lemon was sometimes recommended by Edgar Cayce to improve circulation, assimilation and elimination. Here are some simple instructions given by Cayce for using lemon juice as a therapy:
“Immediately on arising [in the morning] roll a lemon and cut in two. Eat a portion of it – without salt – half of it – all the juice from same – then walk just as far as possible, AWAY FROM THE HOUSE – not so far that the body is not sure of making it back, see? When the body has returned, sprinkle salt on the other half of lemon and eat it. Then drink ALL the water POSSIBLE following same. Not before, but AFTER the last half is eaten. Then sit down, or lie down, and rest until the body feels entirely relaxed before the first meal is taken. Add only that. We will find this acid, combining with that as is created in system and as is being eliminated from system, will reduce not only the pulsation as caused from the reaction to the heart’s forces, but will assist in CLEANSING system of the poisons from same.”
Jerusalem artichoke is a vegetable which resembles a small potato. It is available from some health food stores.
Jerusalem artichoke is a primary therapy in the Cayce approach to diabetes. The readings state that the Jerusalem artichoke can be used to decrease or eliminate the need for medicinal insulin.
Therapeutic recommendations for Jerusalem artichoke will vary from person to person depending upon the severity of the condition. For one individual with a slight tendency toward diabetes, the recommendation was to eat two Jerusalem artichokes per month. For more severe cases, one per day prescribed. For persons diagnosed with diabetes, starting out at three per week is reasonable. After monitoring blood/sugar levels, the amount of artichoke’s can be adjusted as needed.
Here are some suggestions for to using Jerusalem artichoke:
- Before eating the artichokes, have at least two or three spinal manipulations to stimulate the nerve supply to the pancreas and liver. Ask the physician or therapist to pay particular attention to the 5th – 9th thoracic vertebrae.
- Begin by eating three artichokes about the size of a hen’s egg each week.
- In preparing the artichoke, alternate between eating one raw and the next one cooked in its own juices (steamed in Patapar parchment paper). Eaten raw, the artichoke can be included in a salad or such. When cooked, be sure to drink the water in which the artichoke was cooked.
- Do not overcook or undercook. Do not peel, – only wash thoroughly with a brush, then cook it in Patapar Paper – as if cooking an Irish potato. Season with a little salt, and at times a very small quantity of butter.
- If possible, store the artichokes in the ground. Otherwise, you may be able to keep them in the refrigerator in a jar of peat moss or potting soil. The readings state that just leaving them in the refrigerator deprives them potency.
- Various readings advised against eating pickled artichokes or artichokes prepared with vinegar, and products made with artichoke flour.
GLYCO-THYMOLINE IN THE EDGAR CAYCE READINGS
By Cecil Nichols
[NOTE: This paper was prepared for the Medical Research Division of the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, in January 1966, with conclusions and recommendations. Mr. Cecil Nichols is a chemical engineer currently working in the field of rocket propulsion. He has, in the past, worked as a chemical engineer in an atomic energy plant and has done research for the Atomic Energy Commission in the chemical adsorption of radioactive substances. He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and an M.S. degree in engineering from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of the Society of Sigma Xi.
In 1959, Mr. Nichols became interested in the work of the late Edgar Cayce, at which time he joined the Association for Research and Enlightenment. He has been active in the A.R.E., serving as a conference chairman and as a class teacher.
I. Purpose and Data
This paper is based upon the study of 193 Edgar Cayce readings wherein Glyco-Thymoline was prescribed in one or more ways.
Glyco-Thymoline is manufactured by Kress and Owen Company and, according to the manufacturer’s literature, is to be used as a treatment for mucosity (abnormal excessive mucous secretion) and for several other types of external application.
The Edgar Cayce Readings recommended Glyco-Thymoline for use in the following additional areas: as an internal antiseptic with writer; as a pack; and as an eye-wash.
Analysis of these 193 Readings shows no pattern of treatment given for specific ailments concurrent with the administration of Glyco-Thymoline, although in a broad sense many other types of therapy were prescribed.
It must be borne in mind that these Physical Readings were given for specific people having specific ailments. These ailments were not always clearly defined either in the Headings or in the background material. For this reason no attempt has been made to analyze statistically the data collected from the Readings.
II. GLYCO-THYMOLINE as an Internal Antiseptic
The Readings leave little doubt as to why Glyco-Thymoline is recommended to be taken internally. Consider the following extracts:
… [take] 3 drops of Glyco-Thymoline in water before retiring at night….. the Glyco-Thymoline acts as an intestinal antiseptic of an alkaline nature. (3104-1)
… take small quantities – 8 to 10 drops – of an intestinal antiseptic, such as seen in that of Glyco, or that as is found in any of these that are of alkaline reaction. Such as may be seen in forms of those of the pepsins, that keep the system the more alkaline in the stomach’s reaction. (99-5)
The key words here seem to be ‘acts as an intestinal antiseptic of an alkaline nature.’ In fact, the foregoing statement, either direct or paraphrased, appears in 76% of the Readings studied which prescribed internally administered Glyco Thymoline.
Use an alkalizer for the alimentary canal. Take 3 – 4 drops of Glyco-Thymoline internally in a little water each day. Do this for a period sufficient to get the odor of Glyco-Thymoline in the stool. This will purify the whole of the alimentary canal and create an alkaline reaction through the lower portions of the alimentary canal. (1807-3)
The Readings emphasize the necessity of an acid-alkaline balance within the human body.
The diet should be more body-building, that is, contain less of the acid foods and more of the alkaline reacting foods… Keep closer to the alkaline diet; using fruits, berries, and vegetables – particularly those carrying iron, silicon, phosphorus, and the like. (480-1)
Apparently the Glyco-Thymoline was administered internally to help bring the over-acidified body back into balance. There seems to have been nothing magical about the action of Glyco-Thymoline itself, as other commercial formulations completely different in chemical composition were sometimes offered as substitutes.
Q: What intestinal antiseptic should be used?’
A: That which is alkaline in its reaction; Lavoris or Glyco-Thymoline. (653-1)
In the cases studied, the dosage of internally administered Glyco varied from as low as 2 to as high as 15 drops of Glyco-Thymoline in water. The dosage was apparently in accord with the degree of over-acidity to be corrected. The body was apparently judged to have had enough Glyco-Thymoline when the odor of same was detected in the stool.
Experimentation with internally administered Glyco-Thymoline is not recommended except under the supervision of a qualified medical doctor, because one may become over-alkalized.
As indicated, keep the tendency toward alkalinity in the diet. This does not mean there should never be any acid-forming foods in the diet – for over-alkalinity is much more harmful than a little tendency toward acidity occasionally. But remember that there are tendencies in this system toward cold and congestion… and cold cannot, does not exist in alkalines. (808-1)
III. GLYCO-THYMOLINE as a Pack
It is abundantly apparent throughout, that the Readings recommended Glyco-Thymoline Packs for a great variety of cases. There was however, some variation in the way the pack should be applied. In some cases an unheated pack was recommended. In other cases heat was applied over the pack, and in some cases a specific type of heat was used.
The following are extracts from the Readings which illustrate the construction of the Glyco-Thymoline Pack as well as the modes of applying heat.
On the throat apply 3 to 4 thicknesses of cotton cloth saturated with Glyco-Thymoline, full strength, normal temperature –not heat applied. (112-9)
Place over the area of the spinal column 2 thicknesses of heavy cotton cloth saturated with Glyco-Thymoline. Place over this for 5 – 10 minutes a hot water bottle — and let it be pretty warm. (4045-1)
Apply each day for 1 hour Glyco-Thymoline Packs over the areas across the hips, throughout the ileac plexus. Use 3 – 4 thicknesses of cotton cloth saturated in Glyco Thymoline. Apply heat. Also use Glyco-Thymoline Pack around the knee, but do not apply heat here.
But do apply heat over the sacral area. These to aid in eliminating the accumulations there, through assisting the system to absorb poisons. (3281-1)
At times a salt pack was recommended as a means of heating the Glyco-Thymoline Pack as the following Reading shows:
…over this [the Glyco-Thymoline Pack] use salt heat not just a bag of heated salt, but sew the salt into a container — quilted as it were. Heat this in the oven and apply over the Glyco-Thymoline Pack, instead of using an electric pad. Preferably use iodized salt; not so hot as to burn, but let the body lie upon or over the pack. (987-5)
Packs in general seem to be in keeping with standard medical practice as evidenced by the following quote from The Merck Manual, Eighth Edition, Page 1488: “the object of applying moist heat to the body is to ease pain, supply moisture, and promote circulation, muscle relaxation, or wound-drainage.
It may be given in the form of soaks or compresses, which also serve to wash away any discharge that may be present. The principal solutions employed are water, isotonic salt solution (0.9%), magnesium sulfate (3 to 6%), and boric acid (3%), but many other medicinal substances are also recommended as dressings …. Moist compresses, using cotton, gauze, flannel or towels, may be kept at the desired temperature by overlaying with one or more hot water bottles and enclosing the whole area in oilskin or cellophane; this also will prevent rapid drying out of the compress. Electric pads must not be used in this manner because of the danger of electric shock in the presence of moisture.”