Common radish

Name: Common radish

Cruciferous – Brassicaceae (Cruciferae).

Common name: beer radish.

Parts used: root.

Pharmacy name: radish root – Raphanistri radix (formerly: Radix Raphanistri).

Botanical description.The radish has been known for a very long time. Along with garlic, the ancient Egyptians gave radishes in abundance to the workers building the pyramids to keep them healthy and productive. There is an opinion (although not the only one) that the sowing radish originated from the wild radish (currently fed to livestock). Radish, used as a vegetable and for medicinal purposes, is a cultivated plant. In culture, there are several varieties of it, differing in the shape and color of root crops; it is difficult to say which one should be preferred. Black forms are traditionally sharper, and since the principle of action is based on sharpness, it can be assumed that black radish is the most effective. In any case, the Kneipp company prepares rare juice from black radish. In cultivated plantations, they take care that flowering shoots do not develop, only root crops are needed.

Active ingredients: essential oil containing sulfur, allyl and butyl mustard oil, raphanol and raphanin, also vitamin C.

Healing action and application. The action of radish in diseases of the gallbladder and liver is recognized (albeit slowly) and medicine. The juice acts as a cholagogue and soothes the inflammation of the bile ducts, prevents the formation of stones and sand, promotes liver-sparing therapy. In the south of Germany, where much more radishes are eaten than in the north, there are far fewer cases of inflammation of the gallbladder; believe that this is due to the radish. Rare juice can be made by yourself.

  • Редечный сок: редьку или помещают нарезанной в соковыжималку, или трут на стеклянной терке и хорошо отжимают. Курс лечения начинается с 50 г каждый день, натощак. Через несколько дней дозу постепенно повышают до 200 г сока каждый день (лучше в 4 приема); в последствии этого ее опять постепенно снижают до 50 г каждый день.

Application in folk medicine. In folk medicine, radish is also considered very effective in diseases of the gallbladder and liver, to combat which they eat unsalted radish or drink juice prepared in the manner described above. In general, radishes are very fond of salting, but, as Sebastian Kneipp said, this is not conducive to health, and why – he did not explain. However, diseases of the gallbladder and liver are not the only indications for the use of radish in traditional medicine. It is often given for coughing. And radish juice with honey, which is prepared in different ways, is considered effective even with whooping cough.

Radish juice with honey: 1. Rub a large radish on a glass grater, mix the resulting mass and the secreted juice with 3 tablespoons of honey, leave for 10 hours and squeeze. Give a spoon several times throughout the day. 2. Take a large radish and take out the middle from it. The resulting cavity is filled with honey or powdered sugar. All this is placed for several hours in heat. First, they drink the contents of the cavity and only then eat the radish itself. Side effects are hardly worth fearing. However, patients with particularly sensitive stomachs should first try to see if they can tolerate radishes.

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