Ecology and phytosociology and a little story…
The Fig tree and its figs appear in all ancient literature. After Adam and Eve crunched the infamous apple, “both their eyes were opened, they were suddenly aware of their nakedness. They sew fig leaves together to fashion belts.” Romulus and Remus took shelter under a fig tree when the basket in which they were delivered to the river Tiber, failed. “Suke”, fig in Greek, comes from the name of Syke the nymph that Dionysus turned into a fig tree after having made love to her. The fig tree is a symbol of fertility. Also, when God wants to punish He hits the fig tree with sterility or even kills the tree. Fertility is therefore a sign of divine protection. The fig tree is the remedy for those who despise the flesh and associate love as a purely libidinous affair. They believe that the acquisition of superior knowledge allows them to enter the world of pure spirits. Their soul becomes sterile and by always removing their inner substance, they become poorer while their pride increases tenfold. As a tree of knowledge, the fig tree preserves corruption of knowledge. A native of the Mediterranean region, the fig tree has naturalized itself in many regions of France. All parts contain an acrid and caustic milky juice (often compared to the vital liquid that nourishes the fetus via the umbilical cord). It grows in rock gardens, hedgerows, in uncultivated and warm areas. It regenerates wastelands, making them suitable for other species which can then implant themselves. Following a secular selection, cultivated fig trees only bear female flowers as male flowers are found on wild fig trees. The process of fertilization is very complex and it requires a tiny wasp to carry pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers, whilst depositing her eggs.
The fig tree also had a great importance on a dietary level. A gourmet or an overweight person would be said to have eaten figs. It is a precious fruit, a fruit of enjoyment andd also used therapeutically as a treatment for troublesome airways just as much as the date, the jujube and dried raisins. Dried figs contain 50% sugar and plays a role in the fight against stiffness, roughness and a tendency for dissociation.
In Chinese medicine, the fig tree is the great remedy for the spleen-pancreas system.
Ficus Carica is a remedy of Yin origin.
Draining of the stomach:
- Gastric and duodenal ulcers
- Esophageal dysphagia by disruption of motor function, by achalasia (contraction disorder of the sphincter).
- Chronic gastritis.
- Erosive gastritis.
- Regulates stomach secretions: hypo or hyperchlorhydria
On the nervous level
- Post traumatic focal epilepsy.
- No loss of consciousness, motor or sensory seizures (Bravais – Jackson seizures) starting at the extremity of a limb, which is then limited to the area or extends outwards. Elementary light sensations can be felt as well as sound hallucinations or olfactory, gustatory sensations or dizziness.
- Weakness of nervous origin: restores sensor neural balance.
- Can help headache problems.
- Soothing action: anxiety, stress (internal and external), spasms, epilepsy and facial neuralgia.
- Action on the hormonal system.
- Acts on cortico-hypothalamic axis.
- Acts in existential depression and psychosomatic disorders.
Action on the resorption of intracranial hematoma following trauma.
Subjective syndrome of skull trauma, headaches, dizziness, fuzzy head and asthenia.
Iron deficiency anemia.
Can become a very valuable remedy for adolescent rheumatoid.
Eosinophilic granuloma (Tamaris Gallica)
With Alnus glutinosa: chronic peptic ulcers.
With Ribes Nigra: sun allergy.
With cornus Sanguinea: Resorption of post-traumatic hematoma.
With Olea Europea: facial neuralgia.
Impact on the myelogram:Significantly stimulates granulopoiesis, slightly stimulates eosinophilia and increases hematocrit.