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Helpful herbs from A to Z- The letter J


     This blog is a little behind schedule but better late than never! As always use caution when taking any herbs or herbal supplements. None of the below information is intended for treatment or to diagnose, only to inform.

Chinese Herb

Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum Cuspidatum)

Parts Used - Roots and leaves

Energy is cool, tastes are bitter and sour.

Constituents -  resveratrol, vitamin C, transresveratrol, emodin, emodin monomethyl ether, polydatin (piceid) piceatannol, physcion, astringin, oxalic acid, alkaloids, phenolics, sterol/terpenes, barium, bromine, calcium, catechin, chrysophanol, citreosein, copper, dimethylhyroxychromone, fallacinol, glucofragulin, glucoside, iodine, iron, isoquercitrin, manganese, methylcourmarin, molybdenum, napthoquinone, nickel, phosphorus, physide, piceid, plastoquinine, potassium, sulfur, tannin, zinc.

Internal Uses - This herb is good for cardiovascular health, to prevent or reduce fevers, antitoxin (an antibody that counteracts a toxin), and helps to move blood. Most often used to treat injuries, boils, burns, abscess, bites, stings, and hepatitis. Suggested doses are a ½ tsp of a tincture of the root 3 times daily.

Topical Uses - The leaves can be crushed and powdered to form a paste for topical use.
Caution: do not use if pregnant or breast feeding. There is a drug interaction with several medications such as blood thinners, please consult with a physician before using.

Western Herb

Juniper (Juniper Communis)

Parts Used- Berries

Energy is warm and spicy and sweet.

Constituents -Monoterpenes, alpha and beta pinene, sabinene, limonene, terpinen 4-ol, alpha-terpineol, borneol, geraniol, myrcene, camphene, camphor, alpha-eudesmol, neolignan glycosides, lignans, tannins, flavonoids.

Internal uses - This herb is good for urinary problems, gout, rheumatic complaints, is a diuretic, is a carminative, antiseptic, and a stimulant, good for respiratory health, kidney stones, and uric acid buildup. Recommended dose is 10-30 drops in a tincture or 4 to 6 drops of oil taken with honey 3 to 4 times a day.

Topical uses - The oil can be used to treat skin issues like acne, athlete’s foot, eczema, and joint pains, rheumatism, and cellulite. Dilute oil in a carrier oil like grape seed oil or jojoba oil.

Ayurveda Herb

Jambul (Syzygium Cuminij Eugenia Jambolonum)

Parts used - Fruits and seeds

Energy is neutral, taste is astringent and is a carminative.

Constituents - anthocyanins, alkaloids, flavonoids, glycoside called antimellin, vitamin A, C, and calcium, gallic acid, and tannins.

Internal Uses - This herb is an anti-diabetic, anti-diarrhea, colic, and antimicrobial. Recommended dose is 0.3 to 2 grams of dried fruit 3 times a day.

Topical Uses - A paste from the leaves can be applied to wounds.

Use with caution if you are taking anti-diabetic medication because of this fruits’ blood sugar lowering properties.
 

Hope any of the above information was helpful. Check back next week for helpful herbs that begin with the letter K!

Resources
The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: A Contemporary Introduction and Useful Manual for the World's Oldest Healing System, Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and Michael Tierra
 
The Way of Chinese Herbs, Michael Tierra
 

The Way of Herbs: Fully Updated with the Latest Developments in Herbal Science, Michael Tierra


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