Asylum Center is an herbal care business and political project curated by Rachel Davis. Complementary or alternative to allopathic medicine, Asylum Center focuses on you being your own best doctor/healer. “Asylum” originally meant a place of refuge or sanctuary. It was only later that the term became associated with the confinement of those deemed mad, insane, or mentally unfit for society. Asylum Center is here to say: Fuck sanity! Mad pride forever! Let’s take care of each other.
Further: about the creator + mission
Asylum Center was founded by Rachel Davis. They started exploring and tinkering with plant medicine in 2015. Now they are transforming their skills and resources into a more formal enterprise—in the hopes of connecting herbs, ideas, and action, with you. Taking political action together is a necessary means of survival; taking care of each other is a political practice. Further: how are we supposed to be fit to fight for and with each other when many of us are withheld by our mental or physical conditions? It must be that there is a plurality of places and ways to defy and intervene against the antagonist (sometimes yourself). Asylum Center hopes to be one of the many resources providing strength and healing during this hurting time.
“The people’s free medical clinics access that the [Black Panther] Party sought for marginalized communities was also essential for the activists, who emerged from the same underserved communities. Individual well- being— understood in a social health frame— was stressed by the Party. As Armour explained, ‘We had a slogan: ‘Woe to he who behaves as though his body were his own.’ [It meant that] your body belongs to the revolution, so you have to take care of it.’”
Alondra Nelson, “Body and soul : the Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination”
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For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We recommend that you reach out to a general practitioner or certified herbalist with any questions you may have about working with herbs.