Ghost pipe tincture
Ghost pipe (monotropa uniflora)
also known as ghost plant, indian pipe
Herbal Actions: sedative, nervine, antispasmodic, anodyne, diaphoretic
- Overwhelming physical pain (combined with anodyne herbs)
- Migraine like headaches associated with traumatic brain injury
- Anxiety and panic attacks associated with emotional or sensory overload
- Triggering of emotional memories
Dose: 1-3 drops max 1 ml daily
Frequent small doses seem to work best to disrupt pain cycle. Not recommended for long term use past one month of daily use.
The plant has been used as a nervine in Western Herbal Medicine since the late nineteenth century, and a tincture of the whole plant has been used for people in intense physical pain, but it doesn’t make the pain go away. Pain serves a purpose. It alerts us to what needs our attention. With the aid of Ghost Pipe we don’t deaden the pain, but rather distance it so we can work with the pain without being overwhelmed by it. Ghost Pipe puts the person beside their pain, so they can see it and deal with it. It is not your normal analgesic.
In the words of Herbalist, David Winston, “…you know it hurts, but simply don’t care.” It reduces sensitivity to painful stimuli and raises the pain threshold. It can help a person feel more grounded and present rather than overtaken by overwhelming pain.