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The extremely bitter taste of the latex and its powerful laxative action help dissuade animals and insects from eating the plant. The milder, more commonly used part of the aloe plant is the thick, sticky gel that comes from cells in the central part of the aloe leaf, called parenchymal cells. These cells create vast chambers for the aloe gel, which is primarily made up of water and polysaccharides. The gel is commonly taken internally in the form of a water-diluted juice usually consisting of a minimum of SO percent gel.

Ephedra's strong pinelike fragrance and astringent, bitter taste is not a favorite with hungry wildlife. One of the world's oldest plants, ephedra is a distant relative of two other ancient and well-known medicinal plants—ginkgo and horsetail. The most popular commercial species, Ephedra sinica and £. equisetina, are from China; £. gerardiana comes from India. Other species thrive in the warmer regions of South America, Pakistan, Tibet, and the Mediterranean. The American deserts are home to nine species and two hybrids, including Ephedra americana (American ephedra), £.

Traditional herbalists attribute this choleretic effect in part to the extremely bitter taste, which is thought to stimulate the production of all digestive juices, from saliva to bile. This is the idea behind the traditional "bitter tonic" or aperitif taken before meals to aid digestion. In fact, artichoke leaf is the main ingredient in the European aperitif Cynar, obviously named after the artichoke itself. The vegetable known as artichoke and the medicinal extract actually come from two different parts of the artichoke plant.

Miracle Medicine Foods

Rex Adams (See book keywords and concepts)

She complained of extreme nausea, a feeling of pressure up under her ribs, and a frequent belching bitter taste. A poultice was quickly prepared, over which a small liqueur glass full of the basic preparation was poured, and applied to her side. Within minutes, the pains subsided, and she began to breathe easier.

Other symptoms include inability to digest fats, sharp stabbing pains, pressure under the ribs, a frequent belching bitter taste, heart attack symptoms, cold sweats, jaundice, itching red skin on the back, clay-colored or dry, hard stools (same as for liver trouble), varicose veins, phlebitis, and hemorrhoids. Sufferers complain of headaches and are frequently irritable. These symptoms can be relieved a number of ways: 1. Gall bladder symptoms can be relieved by surgery, but frequently return—even after removal of the organ! 2.

Herbs Against Cancer: History and Controversy

Ralph W. Moss PhD (See book keywords and concepts)

The remedy was herbal, non corrosive and had an astringent and bitter taste. After time it became acidic, probably through fermentation, according to a medical doctor of the time. Their brown or black liquid was simply painted on the skin over a cancer of the breast. "The process of cure can be observed...." said writer Cyril Scott. "The cancer separates from the healthy tissue, and comes clean away, leaving no roots behind. The bulk of the cancer growth sloughs away in a mass and leaves a crater.. which heals up by first filling with healthy tissue and then skinning over.

Rapid Healing Foods

Ben Davis (See book keywords and concepts)

For 30 years, Anton complained of chronic indigestion, a belching, bitter taste, pains on the right side, gas, headache, dizziness, nausea, foul breath, constipation, chills, perspiration, drowsiness after meals and heart palpitations, all common symptoms of liver and gall bladder problems. With this method, said Anton, all symptoms of a sluggish liver disappeared. Think of the liver, simply, as a filter through which blood must pass to be freed of its impurities—and as the organ that manufactures bile for breaking up fat. To be healthy, the liver must be exercised, said Anton.

Miracle Medicine Herbs (Reward Books)

Richard Melvin Lucas (See book keywords and concepts)

Hop tea has an extremely bitter taste and may be sweetened with honey.) CHAMOMILE Botanical Name: Matricaria chamomilla Common Names: German Chamomile, Chamomilla German chamomile is an annual plant indigenous to Southern Europe, found growing wild in fields, meadows, and along roadsides. When cultivated in gardens, the stems are upright, about a foot high, hollow, furrowed and downy, but in a wild state they are prostrate. The yellow or whitish flower heads of German chamomile are much smaller than those of the Roman variety. This plant is said to be consecrated to St.

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications

Christian Ratsch (See book keywords and concepts)

Schultes 1980, 57) or mix it with dried and powdered leaves of Taenia guianesis Aublet (Gentianaceae) to improve the taste (Schultes and Raffauf 1986, 276*). An unusual method of preparing coca was discovered among a small group of the Tanimuka (on the Rio Apaporis, Colombia). They aromatize the ashes of Cecropia leaves with incense. To do this, they make incisions in the bark of Protium heptaphyllim March and tap the resin, which they then allow to age for three to four months.

Rahner 1957, 201*). The late ancient lexicographer Suidas stated that the mandrake has "a fruit which has hypnotic effects and allows everything to sink into forgetfulness" (Lexicon 136; Lexicographi Graeci 3.317). The folk saint and seeress Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179 c.e.) noted that the mandrake produced "illusions" (Physica 1, 56).

Trichocereus pachanoi) and has distinctly stimulating properties. Trichocereus terscheckii is said to produce the same effects as Trichocereus pachanoi. Commercial Forms and Regulations It is occasionally possible to purchase seeds of various Trichocereus species. The cacti are not subject to any special regulations. Literature See also the entries for Trichocereus pachanoi, Trichocereus peruvianus, and mescaline. Agurell, Stig. 1969a. Cactaceae alkaloids. Lloydia 32 (2): 206-16. -. 1969b. Identification of alkaloid intermediates by gas chromatography-mass spectometry. I.

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants

Andrew Chevallier (See book keywords and concepts)

It has been shown that the bitter principles in gentian stimulate the bitter taste receptors on the tongue, causing an increase in the production of saliva and gastric secretions. This in turn stimulates the appetite and improves the action of the digestive system in general. • Digestive stimulant By stimulating the action of the stomach, many symptoms associated with a weak digestion such as gas, indigestion, and poor appetite are relieved. Gentian An erect perennial growing to 4 ft (1.2 m) with star-shaped yellow flowers and oval leaves.

It stimulates the bitter taste receptors on the tongue, which sets off a reflex action, stimulating the whole digestive tract. • Digestive remedy Chiretta is an excellent remedy for a weak stomach, especially when this gives rise to nausea, indigestion, and bloating. The infusion, which should be taken in small doses, helps to improve the appetite and digestive function as a whole. The infusion may also be taken to expel worms. • Fevers Like most bitters, chiretta reduces fevers, cooling the body and increasing blood flow to the liver. It is a useful remedy for malaria.

Many are very bitter, affecting the bitter taste receptors on the tongue, which sets off a reflex action, stimulating stomach and other digestive secretions. • Other research The azulenes are anti-inflammatory. The sesquiterpene lactones have an antitumor effect and are strongly insecticidal. Thujone is a stimulant to the brain. It is safe in small doses but toxic in excess. traditional & current uses • Absinthe Wormwood is the source of absinthe, an addictive and toxic drink favored in 19th-century France.

Cooling properties Qing hao has a cool, bitter taste and is used for conditions brought on by heat, especially with symptoms such as fever, headaches, dizziness, and a tight-chested sensation. It treats chronic fevers, night fevers, and morning chills, and is a traditional remedy for nosebleeds associated with heat. Qing hao has bright green, saw-toothed leaves. It is used widely around the world as an effective antimalarial. habitat & cultivation Qing hao grows in grasslands and in open areas in Vietnam, Japan, China, Russia, and Korea. It is widely naturalized in the US.

German chamomile's aromatic, slightly bitter taste, reminiscent of apples, is familiar to herbal tea drinkers. The herb's varied medicinal uses, however, are not as well known. It is an excellent herb for many digestive disorders and for nervous tension and irritability. Externally, it is used for sore skin and eczema. Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, p. 184) is a close relative, used in a similar way. Parts Used German chamomile is a valuable herb to cultivate for home use.

The root has a slightly bitter taste and is the only part used medicinally. In the past, the leaves were eaten as a spring tonic. Key Actions • Mild laxative • Stimulates bile flow • Cleansing Research • Anthraquinones Yellow dock has not been well researched, but its laxative, cleansing properties are known to be largely due to the anthraquinones. These constituents have a laxative, and, at high doses, a purgative effect on the colon. This action is similar, but milder, to that of Chinese rhubarb.

Sam Biser's save your life collection: A Layman's course in curing last-stage diseases

Sam Biser (See book keywords and concepts)

Lemon and lime tend to cover up the bitter taste of wheatgrass. You can just cut it up and even soak it with water and put it in a blender. I've had many patients in areas just take the wheat grass, cut it up and put it in a blender, fill that blender with water and blend it up and you'll get a greenish water. Or, you can run it through your juicer with other things like carrots, and it gets caught up in your juicer. So wheat grass is something that everybody should consider as a medicinal cleansing and building juice, very bitter tasting. Start out with a little bit.

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Scott Alan Lewis (See book keywords and concepts)

L Aesthetic—Frothy, cloudy, bitter taste, odor Iron 0.3 mg/L Bitter metallic taste; staining of laundry, rusty color, sediment Mangangese 0.05 mg/L Taste; staining of laundry, blackto-brown color, black staining Odor 3 threshold odor "Rotten egg," musty, or chemical smell pH Low pH—Bitter metallic taste Silver 0.

The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine

Robert W. Ullman (See book keywords and concepts)

Cullen's explanation that the bark cured malaria because of its bitter taste did not satisfy Hahnemann. He reasoned that if Cinchona bark's curative properties were based solely on its bitterness, then other bitter substances should be equally curative, 1 which he knew from his clinical experience was not the case. He decided to take an extract of the bark himself to experience its effects firsthand. Hahnemann found that upon taking successive doses of the medicine, he developed chills, weakness, and sweats. These, he realized, were very similar to the actual symptoms of malaria.

Herbs of Life: Health & Healing Using Western & Chinese Techniques

Lesley Tierra (See book keywords and concepts)

Bitter Principles: This is a group of chemicals that have a very strong bitter taste. They stimulate the secretion of all digestive juices and bile, thus activating digestion, bowel elimination and increasing appetite. Bitters, as some herbal combinations have traditionally been called, are often taken before a meal for just these reasons, although they are valuable after meals for indigestion. They are also antibiotic and antifungal in action. Bitter compounds are soluble in water and alcohol. Examples: gentian, wormwood, goldenseal.

Miracle Medicine Herbs (Reward Books)

Richard Melvin Lucas (See book keywords and concepts)

Generally, the leaves are eaten between two slices of bread or with other food to mask their bitter taste. To evaluate the remedy, a group of British medical researchers began a series of clinical studies. However, before presenting the details of some of these reports, let us consider a few facts about migraine headaches. Migraine The word migraine is translated from the Greek, meaning "half the skull," as the excruciating pain usually strikes one side of the head. Scientists use the term dols as a measurement of pain.

Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives: A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients Vitamin E

Ruth Winter (See book keywords and concepts)

It is a yellow liquid with an aromatic odor and slightly bitter taste. It is used as a flavoring agent in various food. There is reported use of the chemical; it has not yet been assigned for toxicology literature. COPALS, MANILA • A resin obtained as a fossil or as an exudate from various species of tropical plants. Must be heated in alcohol or other solvents. May cause allergic reactions, particularly skin rashes. COPOLYMER • Result of polymerization (see Polymer), which includes at least two different molecules, each of which is capable of polymerizing alone.

Miracle Medicine Herbs (Reward Books)

Richard Melvin Lucas (See book keywords and concepts)

Uses: Taken for mild fever, cough, sticky phlegm, a bitter taste in the mouth, and a sensation of fullness in the chest. Also considered useful in conditions of acute or chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary emphysema, headache, nasal congestion, pneumonia, and the common cold accompanied by shoulder stiffness. Minor Bupleurum Combination has been approved by the Japanese government for use in medical facilities for the common cold, other febrile diseases, bronchitis, pleurisy, and tuberculosis.

The Natural Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs

Frantisek Stary (See book keywords and concepts)

The drug is odourless and has a pronounced bitter taste. It has the same uses as Gentian and Buckbean, all three being among the most important drugs yielding bitter principles. The active constituents include the glycosidic bitter principles gentiopicroside, erytau-rin, erythrocentaurin and traces of an essential oil. They have an excellent effect on increasing the flow of gastric secretions and thereby improving digestion, especially during convalescence and wherever the digestive system is sluggish, as well as stimulating the circulation.

The drug from the flowers and leaves combined has a bitter taste; the haws are mealy, sour and bitter. The constituents were thoroughly investigated recently and it was proved that they consist mainly of flavonoids and so-called procyanidines, which are responsible for the drug's pronounced action. Also not to be overlooked are the basic triterpenic acids. Detailed research as to its effectiveness ranks this drug as one of the top phytotherapeu-tic substances.

The drug has a pleasant aromatic odour and slightly bitter taste. The principal constituent is an essential oil which has an anti-inflammatory action; other constituents include bitter principles and to a limited degree also tannins. It is administered internally in the form of an infusion (one tablespoon of the drug to one cup boiling water) in nonspecific digestive upsets, including gall bladder complaints. In the case of weakened gastric function it acts as an aromatic bitter principle stimulating the appetite.

The leaves, which are odourless and have a bitter taste (Folium cynarae), are gathered during the flowering period. The constituents include the pleasant tasting glycosidic bitter principles cynarine and cynaropicrine, flavonoids with an anti-inflammatory action and tannins. In combination they have a beneficial effect on a diseased and weakened gall bladder and stimulate the secretion of bile by the liver as well as its detoxifying action. They lower the level of cholesterol in the blood and prevent excessive fatty deposits in liver tissue and the blood, thereby warding off arteriosclerosis.

Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine

Rudolph M. Ballentine, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

There are times when there is value in feeling the downside of life's experiences—savoring the bitter taste, as we've put it. My daughter went through a dark period during her adolescence, turning tragic and depressed. She lived for the gray, rainy days and sat, miserable, writing grim poetry with dark, sinister images. I tried to draw her out, to cheer her up, but to no avail. Finally she'd say, "Leave me alone, Dad. I'm depressed. I need to be depressed." My ten-year-old son put it even more succinctly one evening.

Food Swings: Make the Life-Changing Connection Between the Foods You Eat and Your Emotional Health and Well-Being

Barnet Meltzer, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Green spots indicate sunburn, and will have a bitter taste, while deep pits and sprouting eyes are signs that the potato is past its prime. A uniformly round or elliptical shape helps to expedite the cooking process. Store potatoes in a paper bag in a dark, cool, well-ventilated spot. Optimal Use and Combining: Baked potatoes are easier on the digestive system than hard-boiled potatoes, but the latter can be used in an eggless vegetarian potato salad. Potatoes ground green vegetables and work especially well with cauliflower and the Indian delicacy called Aloo Gobi.

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