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HORSERADISH
Armoracia rusticana

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Infections, bronchitis, inflammations of bladder and kidney, influenza, cough, rheumatism, digestive disorders, fungus infections ...

Description

Composition :
100% Armoracia rusticana radix

Part used :
Root

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia) is a perennial plant of the Cabbage (Crucifers) family (Brassicaceae), which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli, and cabbage. The plant is probably native to southeastern Europe and western Asia, but is now popular around the world. The plant can survive temperatures of minus 50°C (-8°F). It grows up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall and is cultivated primarily for its large, white, tapered root. The root typically is about 30 – 40 cm (12-16in) long and 4 – 6 cm (1.5-2in) in diameter.

The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma. When cut or grated, however, enzymes break down sinigrin (a glucosinolate) to produce allyl-isothiocyanate (mustard oil), which irritates the mucous membranes of sinuses and eyes. Once exposed to air or heat, if not used immediately or mixed in vinegar, the grated mash darkens, loses its pungency, and develops a unpleasant, bitter taste.

Horseradish contains significant amounts of sodium, calcium, potssium, phosphorus, vitamin C and the enzyme peroxidase. Peroxidase is useful in helping the body to remove toxins; Peroxidase is being used for treatment of industrial waste waters. For example, phenols, which are important pollutants, can be removed by enzyme-catalyzed polymerization using Horseradish peroxidase. There are many investigations about the use of peroxidase in manufacturing processes like adhesives, computer chips, car parts.

Horseradish is also rich in secondary plant substances, like glycosinolates (mustard oil glycosides). According to various studies readily available (e.g. Universities Giessen and Freiburg, Germany), glycosinolates have very pronounced antibacterial properties; development of flu viruses is inhibited at a rate of 90%. Streptococci and staphylococci infections respond favorably to treatment with glycosinolates. Several plants producing large amounts of glucosinolates are presently under investigation for mitigating cancer.

Glycosinolates seem to accumulate in the bladder and lung, which makes them a good alternative for antibiotics when treating bacterial infections of the respiratory and urinary tracts; in a recent study with 850 children, Horseradish was just as effective as popular antibiotics, however, Horseradish was better tolerated. Also, Horseradish does not produce any resistence. This is a important fact, as the effectiveness of many antibiotics is decrasing and the options for bacterial protection dwindle.

History: Already in ancient Greece, Horseradish was mentioned in medicinal documents; during the middle ages, horseradish was used to fight off a variety of diseases.

Try this: To prevent flu and colds during winter season, grate fresh Horseradish and add to your salads and dressings. Excellent in combination with Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus).

To treat or soothe asthma, place a pack of horseradish on the chest for 5-10 minutes. A tincture of Horseradish applied externally can be beneficial in cases of gout and rheumatism.

To ward off infectious dieseases, mix freshly grated Horseradish and honey and eat a little amount every day. The dosage is individual; if you experience nausea and/or vomiting or bloody diarrhea, you need to reduce the dose (substantially). Horseradish stings in your nose and mouth, but it has no negative side effects.

Counter Indications: Horserarish is unsuited for patients suffering from intestinal and stomach ulcers, thyroid dysfunction.

Dosage

Take 3-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.

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