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What foods should be avoided during the reception of Chinese medicine?

What should be paid attention to obtain the maximum therapeutic effect means of Chinese medicine? Do I need to diet? Doubts on this score troubled many. Below on the example of the most common questions we consider the basic rules that must be followed when taking drugs of traditional Chinese medicine.

1.Is it possible after taking the drugs Chinese medicine to drink tea?

Chinese traditional medicine recommends to refrain from the consumption of tea during the intake of therapeutic drugs. Chemical elements present in tea leaves, not only reduce the effectiveness of therapeutic drugs, but also may cause side effects. It is not recommended to wash down medicine with tea. Tea has the property ?to dissolve? the drug, reducing its effectiveness. Tannic acid, in large quantities contained in tea leaves, when entering into reaction with the alkaloids capable of forming infusible white precipitate (chloride mercurymon), and because alkaloids play the role of active compounds for many drugs of traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese ephedra contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, Coptic and Phellodendron contain berberine, Japanese stemona – Semonin etc. Alkaloids are the main active componentdata plants as Corydalis, Japanese, the weed, the weed bristly, Solomonic double-toothed, white Datura, Indian, etc. As a result of interaction of decoctions on the basis of these plants with tea precipiate is formed, having a pronounced negative effect on the therapeutic properties of the drug. At the same time tannic acid has an astringent effect and is able to prevent the absorption of proteins and other nutrients. The use of tea, especially strong, leading to decreased efficiency of soft medications on the basis of codonopsis microdasys, Astragalus, Dioscorea, etc.

2. What vegetables not recommended to be consumed during reception of preparations of Chinese traditional medicine?

1) During reception of preparations of Chinese traditional medicine (with the exception of expectorants) are advised to avoid consumption of radish. Radish has properties to stimulate digestion and to remove stagnant Chi energy, which negatively affects the healing properties of restorative medicines, in particular medicines based on ginseng, etc. Continue reading

Parsley and recipes of traditional medicine

Parsley was cultivated in Ancient Greece and even then, appreciated her unique healing properties. Even in Russia, parsley is known since time immemorial, however, called it differently — petersilia, petersilia grass, nevestina.

As a seasoning, a spice, parsley is widely used in cooking, but traditional medicine uses this herb as an effective cure in many cases.

How useful parsley

The plant contains a lot of ascorbic acid, a complex essential oil, glycosides, proteins, carbohydrates, flavonoids, folic acid, mineral salts. The content of vitamins parsley ranks first among vegetable crops and 25 to 30 g fresh parsley leaves contain the average of the daily value of vitamin C for an adult.

Parsley leaves contain vitamins B1, B2, PP, K, carotene, iron salts, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium. In the roots of parsley contains protein (about 4%) and more than 7% sugar. In the seeds found apiin glycosides, essential and fatty oils.

Parsley seeds have an effective diuretic and antispasmodic action, stimulates the secretory activity of the gastric glands, improves digestion. Used in diseases of the kidneys and the urinary bladder, renal colic, as carminative in intestinal spasms and flatulence.

Parsley stimulates the thyroid and adrenal glands, restores strength, improves metabolic processes, increases the protective lilyorganics, it is also used in disorders of menstruation.

Crushed parsley seeds take against malaria, the juice from the fresh herb parsley is used as a febrifuge. The juice of leaves is used to remove spots and pimples on the skin and leaves applied for pain relief after insect bites. Continue reading

Pineapple: medicinal properties, application and recipes

Pineapple (lat. Ananas) is a tropical herbaceous plant native to the Americas. It belongs to the Bromeliad family and is considered one of the most important fruit crops within tropical countries. The pineapple spread throughout the world, and as an ornamental plant it can be found even in cold climates. Homeland of pineapple can be considered Brazil, as there is this plant still grows in the wild. At the moment spends about eight varieties of pineapple, which occur mainly in South America, Africa and Indonesia. The major producers of this fruit are the US (12%) and Thailand (11.5%).

The plant has a large number of roots, its trunk covered with scales, and the leaves are fleshy, stocking large amounts of moisture. The leaf edges are equipped with spines and covered with a thick layer of epidermis. It is in this layer of pineapple leaves kept the water.

The plant is propagated by selfing. The flowering period lasts about 20 days. At the end, in the center of the trunk formed a powerful stem that represents a set of ovaries, fused with flowers.

Harvesting and storing pineapple

For the people of Europe harvesting of pineapple is to buy it in the local supermarket or vegetable shop. If you plan to use the product for cooking light Calatafimi fruity cocktails, then you need to choose ripe fruit. Ripeness is determined by using several proven methods. First of all, the ripe fruits are orange-yellow and dark skin. No green streaks should not be. Secondly, the teeth on the top of the pineapple, you got to pull – if go effortless, it means ripe. Continue reading