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pant, it is easy to find and harvest with-
out concern for upsetting delicate eco-
logical balance, but avoid areas where
the ground may be contaminated such
as roadsides and polluted streambeds.
Dig roots up in the autumn after the
above ground plant begins to die back
and before the ground freezes or in the
spring after the earth thaws and small
shoots resembling asparagus begin to
emerge. The root mass is woody and
extremely solid; after some dedicated
scrubbing, I find that hacking chunks off
with a hatchet and smashing them with
a hammer breaks the rhizome into man-
ageable pieces that I can then decoct in
water. Please don’t hurt yourself in the
process of procuring your medicine, but
if you do, rest assured… Knotweed is
even helpful for traumatic injury!
The core belief I’ve held since I was
a child echoes the Indian theory of exis-
tence as stated by Mourning Dove Sal-
ish, “...everything on the earth has a pur-
pose, every disease an herb to cure it,
and every person a mission…” I agree
with Buhner when he speculates that
the link between a so-called invasive
species such as Japanese Knotweed and
its handy availability in the presence of
emerging persistent diseases like Lyme,
West Nile, exotic flu and AIDS suggests
that Gaia has once again planned for ev-
erything. An Intelligence far greater than
our own possesses the Vision to create
balance on a scale of time and space
that we cannot yet grasp; it is in our best
interest to place our faith and trust in the
Earth once more.
Lisl Meredith Huebner, Dipl.CH (NC-
CAOM), RH (AHG) is a nationally
board certified Chinese Herbalist, and a
Registered Herbalist with the American
Herbalists Guild. Lisl is also a certified
Medicinal Aromatherapist, a level II Reiki
practitioner, an Acupressurist, an Auricu-
lotherapist, a photographer, a renowned
diagnostician, a teacher and a published
writer in private practice for over a de-
cade. She is available by appointment
at The Essence of Being at Johnnycake
Mountain, Burlington, CT. www.thees-
senceofbeingat.com. Please call 860-
673-6863 or email at essenceofbeing@
hotmail.com if you have any questions,
would like to schedule an appointment,
attend meditations, weed walks, or are
interested in taking classes.
See ad on page 24.
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