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Alternative medicine: Apple
Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:18:26
By Patricia Khashayar, MD., Press TV, Tehran
The many health benefits attributed to apples have given rise to the ancient saying that
eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Botanical: Pyrus malus
Family: N.O. Pomaceae
Synonym: Wild Apple. Malus communis.
The temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
The 5 to 12 meter tall apple tree is deciduous. Its simple oval leaves are alternately arranged
with acute tips. The flowers are white with a pink tinge which gradually fades. The centre of
the fruit contains five carpels arranged in a five-point star.
Part Used Medicinally:
The fruit and the bark.
Apple has 80 to 85 percent water, 5 percent proteid, 10 to 15 percent starch and sugar, and
1 to 1.5 percent acids and salts.
All apples contain varying amount of the organic malic and gallic acids, vitamins A and C,
pectin and iron.
Fresh apple is rich in vitamins, and is used to treat scurvy.
Apple is sedative and tonic. It is used to treat diabetes and lower the blood cholesterol.
It also has antiseptic and anti-rheumatismal effects and may help with heart disease, and
Apple's high content of vitamin C as well as other antioxidant compounds reduces the risk of
colon, prostate and lung cancers.
Its fiber content helps regulate bowel movements.
A group of chemicals in apples protect the brain from damages triggering neurodegenerative
diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinsonism.
Apple consumption can act as an excellent dentifrice. It also pushes back the gums so that
the borders are cleared of deposit.
It's malic and tartaric acid content helps individuals with liver disorders.
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Apple acids not only make the fruit itself digestible, but also help with the digestion of other
foods. Its sugar is predigested and enters the blood rapidly to provide the body with energy
Apple juice, without sugar, reduces the stomach acidity and corrects sour fermentation.
Consuming ripe, sour, juicy apples at bedtime cure constipation and some cases of insomnia.
Regular apple consumption prolongs life span.
The glucoside extracted from apple bark and root, is effective in treating diabetes.
Apple bark decoction is used to treat intermittent fevers.
Cooked apples make a good homemade remedy for sore throats, fevers, eyes inflammation
Apple consumption appears to promote hair growth. It may also delay aging and skin
A polyphenol compound extracted from unripe apples has an inhibitory dose-dependent effect
against cholera toxin and can treat diarrhea.
Apple is a rich source of flavonoid and can improve lung function in asthmatics and lower the
incidence of coughing and breathlessness in COPD patients.
It may also prevent the development of carcinogenic substances in the bladder, lung and
Consuming apples is related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke and heart attack
Apples play an important role in reducing the risk of a wide variety of chronic disease and
maintaining a healthy lifestyle in general.
In India, physicians prescribe apple cider vinegar in combination with the herb Gotu Kola to
help revitalize the skin. When mixed with honey it improves digestion.
It is antibacterial and anti-fungal and boosts the immune system. It also fights respiratory
infections, sore throats and nasal discharges.
Apple cider vinegar is good in individuals suffering from arthritis because it breaks down
calcium deposits in the joints while remineralizing the bones.
Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for food poisoning, urinary tract infections and lowering
high blood pressure.
It is also a good source of potassium for diuretic users.
Eating 2 to 3 unpeeled red apples 3 times a day, is an effective treatment for diarrhea.
Consuming unpeeled yellow apples before sleeping or in the morning is a good remedy for
Eating 1 or 2 yellow apples after each meal will also lower the blood sugar and cholesterol