Horseradish: Medical Uses Horseradish is used to treat urinary tract infections and respiratory congestion. Historical Uses In folklore, horseradish was used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) and respiratory congestion. Growth This perennial plant grows in Europe and North America. It prefers sun and well-drained soil. It is said to protect potatoes from Colorado beetles. Part Used • Root Major Chemical Compounds • Mustard oil • Sinigrin • Iron • Potassium Horseradish: Clinical Uses Horseradish is approved by the German Commission E for “catarrhs of the respiratory tract and supportive therapy for UTIs”. Mechanism of Action Horseradish has stimulant and diuretic effects. Horseradish: Dosage Root: Can be grated in small amounts and up to 20 grams a day added to food. Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of chopped herb, infuse for 5 minutes, and drink three times a day or more often to help flu symptoms. Poultice: Apply externally as a poultice (grate horseradish, wrap in a cloth, and place on chest) to ease congestion in bronchitis. Side Effects Horseradish may cause stomach distress if used in large amounts. Contraindications • Horseradish is not Read more […]
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Historical Note Horseradish is a commonly used spice with a long history of use in traditional medicine. The leaves are used in cooking and as a salad green. Horseradish is one of the ‘five bitter herbs’ of the biblical Passover. Common Name Horseradish Other Names Amoraciae rusticanae radix, great mountain root, great raifort, mountain radish, pepperrot, red cole Botanical Name / Family Armoracia rusticana, synonym Armoracia lopathifolia; Cochlearia armoracia, Nasturtium armoracia, Roripa armoracia (family Brassicaceae [Cruciferae]) Plant Parts Used Fresh or dried roots and leaves Chemical Components Horseradish root contains volatile oils: glucosinolates (mustard oil glycosides); gluconasturtiin and sinigrin (S-glucosides); coumarins (aesculetin, scopoletin); phenolic acids, including caffeicacid derivatives and hydroxycinnamicacid derivatives, ascorbic acid; asparagin; resin; and peroxidase enzymes. Horseradish is one of the richest plant sources of peroxidase enzymes, which are commonly used as oxidising agents in commercial chemical tests. Main Actions Horseradish is widely known for its pungent burning flavour. The pungency of horseradish is due to the release of allyl isothiocyanate and butylthiocyanate Read more […]