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KITCHEN MEDICINE: Food Cures & Remedies


            Since ancient times people have used herbal remedies to treat many common ailments.  Instead of going to the store they go into the field or forest to gather their remedies.  Many have cultivated their own medical plants on their land or yard.  Those days may seem long gone however it is closer than you think. 

 There are many items in your own refrigerator or garden that you may have not known of their medicinal value so I have selected a few common items with a list of common ailments that will benefit from its usage.


  1. Star anise: Hernia, abdominal pain, low back pain & vomiting.
  2. Sweet basil: Common cold headaches, diarrhea, indigestion, stomachache, irregular menstruation.
  3. Cinnamon bark: Cold limbs, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hot sensations in the upper body with cold sensations in the lower body.
  4. Garlic: Cold abdominal pain, edema, diarrhea, dysentery and whooping cough.
  5. Fresh ginger: Common cold, vomiting, cough, asthma & diarrhea.
  6. Spearmint: Common cold, cough, headache, abdominal pain & menstrual pain.
  7. Rosemary: Headache.
  8. Licorice: Abdominal pain, stress, poor appetite, fatigue, fever, cough, palpitations, sore throat, drug & food poisoning.
  9. Apple: Indigestion, low blood sugar, morning sickness (pregnancy), chronic enteritis.
  10. Banana: Constipation, hemorrhoids, hypertension & alcoholism.
  11. Fig: Enteritis, dysentery, constipation, hemorrhoids, sore throat & diarrhea.
  12. Grape: Blood and energy deficiency, cough, palpitation, night sweat, rheumatism, difficulty urinating & edema.
  13. Grapefruit: Indigestion, bad breath from intoxication, poor appetite during pregnancy.
  14. Grapefruit peel: Chest congestion, mucus discharge, cough & intoxication.
  15. Guava: Diarrhea, diabetes & hemorrhoids.
  16. Lemon: Cough with mucus, indigestion, diabetes & laryngitis.
  17. Plum: Liver disease, diabetes & ascites.
  18. Watermelon: Diminished urination (diuretic), sore throat & mouth canker sores.
  19. Walnut: Cough, low back pain, impotence, frequent urination, kidney & bladder stones & constipation.
  20. Peanut: Dry cough, upset stomach, beriberi, poor milk secretion after childbirth.
  21. Carrot: Chronic diarrhea, cough, indigestion & difficult urination.
  22. Celery: Hypertension, dizziness & headache.
  23. Cucumber: Sore throat, pink eyes, inflammation & burns.
  24. White bulb of green onion: Headache, abdominal pain, constipation, suppression of urine & dysentery.
  25. Potato:  Lack of energy, low blood sugar & mumps.
  26. Shitake (black) mushrooms: Immune dysfunction, hypertension, anemia & measles. 

 I hope this will now change the way you regard your food add more to your ever developing medicine cabinet.

Reference: Chinese System of Food Cures by Henry C. Lu, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York 1986

(Disclaimer:  The following remedies are not meant to replace conventional or alternative medicine but are only suggestions to the general public for home complementary care.)






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