Botanical Name: Amoracia rusticana
Most folks are used to thinking of horseradish as only a garnish for oysters and other seafoods. However, it is also an excellent herb for the treatment of arthritic joints, cancer prevention, and more!
Below is an overview of horseradish, combining and interpreting the best of Western science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shamanism, folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of horseradish.
Western Name: Horseradish
Also Known As: Mountain Radish, Radicle, Raifort
Organs/Systems: Immune System, Lungs, Head
Key Actions: Strong Diuretic, Anticancer, Anti-anemic, Anti-parasite, Aperient, Coronary Vasodilator
Medicinal Uses: Traditionally used to treat kidney problems. Used externally as a poultice for treating rheumatic joints and chilblains. Inhibits thyroid and restores pancreas (hyperthyroidism, goiter, chronic high or low blood sugar). Sinus relief, asthma, colds and flu.
Pin Yin: La Gen
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Lung, Spleen, Large Intestine
Key Actions: Strengthens Yang, Dispels Cold, Treats Phlegm in Lungs, Supports Liver Yang, Warms and Invigorates the Lungs, Promotes Urination, Removes Blockages, Restrains Infection
Medicinal Uses: Treats chills and fevers, especially when chill is prominent. Like curries, it is used in summer heat to cool off heat due to its dispersing properties. Anemia, wind damp conditions, lymphatic congestion, white cold phlegm, coughing, loose stool, no appetite, kidney stones, retained placenta, cardiac edema, wounds, skin blemishes, poisoning (mushrooms, food or herbs), intestinal parasites.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Root
Flavors: Acrid, Spicy, Very Pungent, Warming
Caution: Hot stimulant so be careful not to overdue; not recommended for acute Heat conditions.
History/Folklore: Cultivated since antiquity by the Greeks and Egyptians. The Greek Oracle at Delphi told Apollo that the radish was worth its weight in lead, the beet its weight in silver, and the horseradish its weight in gold. There is a mural in Pompeii depicting the plant. Root and leaves were used in The Middle Ages.
Currently, people in Germany, Scandinavia, Great Britain, and the U.S. use horseradish as a condiment. This herb’s name may derive from the historical use of horses to stomp on the root in preparation for grating. However, it is important to note that it is poisonous to horses.
Sinigrin, a Glucosinolate that produces Allyl isothiocyanate, mustard oil. Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Volatile oils (Allyl). Fresh contains an average 79.31 mg of Vitamin C per 100 g of raw Horseradish. Also, it is Bioflavonoid rich. Glucosinolates (compounds shown to increase resistance to cancer).
Commercial wasabi, used in Japanese sushi restaurants, is preserved horseradish that is prepared with green food colorings. Real wasabi is a different plant altogether; it is very difficult to grow and too expensive to serve in most restaurants.
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