By Jim Meuninck
An information-packed device for the beginner or convenient reference for the veteran. Distills years of information into an inexpensive and transportable publication. With this consultant, you'll observe the right way to determine medicinal vegetation within the contiguous usa.
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Indd 23 23 8/29/14 12:56 PM Modern uses: Oak bark extract, typically from Q. robur (English oak) or Q. petraea, is Commission E–approved for treating bronchitis, cough, diarrhea, mouth and throat sores, and inflammations of the skin. Chemicals from oak bark are being tested as a cancer therapy. Notes: Tannins have antioxidant properties that protect cells from oxidative damage. Tannins inhibit superoxide radicals and inhibit growth of many fungi, yeasts, bacteria, and viruses. Tannins accelerate blood clotting, reduce blood pressure, decrease the serum lipid level, produce liver necrosis, and are somewhat immunosuppressing (Chung et al.
The active phytochemistry includes bioflavonoids that improve peripheral circulation to the heart and the extremities, including the brain. They also improve coronary blood flow and are hypotensive. Native Americans chewed the leaves and applied the masticated mash to sores and wounds as a poultice. Shoots were used in infusion to treat children’s diarrhea. Thorns were thrashed on arthritic joints as a counterirritant. The Okanagan-Colville Nation’s herbal art included burning the thorn down to the skin, not totally unlike incense burning (moxibustion) on Chinese acupuncture needles to heighten effect.
The flavor is sweet, intense, and mango-like—loved by many, disdained by a few. Blend the Pawpaw flower fruit with ice cream into milk shakes. Traditional uses: Cherokees and Iroquois ate the fruit smashed and dried into small cakes for winter use. When reconstituted the dried fruit was blended into corn masa to make corn bread. The inner bark used to make cordage. Medicinal uses are undocumented. indd 25 25 8/29/14 12:56 PM Modern uses: Research at Purdue University may yield a potent anticancer chemical from the leaves and stems of the plant.