Ever since my fit tip, of several weeks ago, on the pain relieving benefits of gin soaked raisins, I have paid more attention to other foods that either by folk medicine reputation, or by proven science, tout the ability to relieve pain.
Botanist James A. Duke, PhD, and author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods. says, “Almost always, if we find pharmaceuticals doing the trick (that is relieving pain), we’ll find a plant doing the same trick − and doing it more safely.”
Gin is flavored with juniper berries and juniper berries contain Terpinen, these chemicals have anti inflammatory properties. Arthritis patients are supposed to eat nine gin soaked raisins every day. The anti-inflammatory chemicals include ascorbic acid, cinnamic acid, coumarin, and myricetin. The pain-relieving chemicals are ferulic acid, gentisic acid, kaempferol-glucosides, and aspirin-like salicylic acid.
Ah, the coffee controversy! Trying to keep up with the latest medical science on the health benefits, or lack thereof, with drinking coffee is not easy. However, with over 18,000 studies now published we know more now than we used to.
1. Is coffee good for you? 2. Does coffee help you lose weight?
DID YOU KNOW?
At the turn of the century, folk medicine was viewed as a practice used by poverty stricken communities and quacks. However the rejection of synthetic or biomedical products has become a growing trend in Western society and allowed for a rise in the demand for natural medicines. When less developed countries are taken into account it is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population relies on folk medicine practices. The prevalence of folk medicine in certain areas of the world will vary based on cultural norms. Chinese herbology, for instance, has very much taken traction in the NY area. Much of today’s modern medicine though is previously based on plants that had been long used in folk medicine.
Have you heard that apple cider vinegar will help you lose weight? The only study to test the idea in people was done in Japan. In the study, 175 obese but healthy people took either vinegar or water daily for 12 weeks. Their diets were similar. They kept food journals. At the end of the study, those who used vinegar had lost slightly more weight. On average, the vinegar group lost 1-2 pounds over the 3-month period. They gained it all back after the study was over.