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These edible roots are also valued in traditional Chinese medicine, even from the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) when the doctor Shennong wrote the work “Divine Classic of Herbs and Roots for the Farmer”.
Perhaps popular knowledge leads us to believe that the root is not a very "usable" part of the plant. However, this time we will list 3 plants that stand out for having highly valued roots for both medicine and cooking as they are used as condiments to give a tasty and exotic touch to your dishes.
Ancient oriental treasures valued in the West
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): This root can treat stomach ailments such as diarrhea, nausea or colic, up to a whole list of other diseases such as arthritis, flu, fatigue, headaches, heart disease, inflammation, dizziness, menstrual cramps, etc. It can also be used as adjunctive therapy during chemotherapy. A very practical option would be to consume it as an infusion.
The ginger root has been deeply investigated since its origins are based on Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic and even Arabic. Among other benefits, this root has been found to help reduce the risks associated with heart disease, as it is a natural blood thinner. This can be useful for treating heart disease, where blood vessels can become blocked and lead to heart attack or stroke.
Ginger extract has long been used in traditional Chinese medical practices to warm the interior.
Also in Chinese herbal medicine it is considered a warming herb and for this reason it is especially useful to combat states of flu and cold.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): The most striking thing about the licorice root is its sweetness, since it is one of the 50 times sweeter than sugar. In Chinese they call it Gan Cao ("sweet herb").
Warmed licorice tea has the bold taste of coffee, but without the caffeine. This root has been used in food for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It is used to treat canker sores, ulcers, eczema, upper respiratory tract infections, and for weight loss. It is also recognized for promoting the health of the adrenals.
In the same way, the medicinal uses of licorice are very varied, its dried root is used in homemade preparations as well as a series of products presented in various ways (capsules, tablets, tablets, tinctures, dry cream, etc.). These products can be found in pharmacies and herbalists.
Its base is the root of the plant and its main component, glycyrrhizin. This component is traditionally made from three-year-old roots that have not yet produced fruit. The process consists of crushing them and making them simmer in copper cauldrons, stirring constantly until a consistent paste is formed. This paste is shaped and allowed to dry on wooden boards. Currently modern machines carry out the process in steam chambers.
Turmeric: This root from India and its extract have been widely studied due to their ability to kill various cancer cell lines and has shown great potential to inhibit cancer stem cells in various types of cancer, both in cell cultures and in models mice, including glioma, breast, colon-rectal, pancreas, brain, and esophageal cancers.
Under the title, "Targeting Cancer Major Cells with Clinical Applications Using Turmeric," US researchers evaluated turmeric's ability to attack major cancer cells (CSCs), which are believed to be the cause and root in tumor formation and its malevolence, which is why this alternative treatment prevents the cancer from spreading further and eliminates it at its roots.
Similarly - through parallel studies - it was shown that turmeric is very good for fighting Alzheimer's.
How to consume turmeric in infusion? To prepare a turmeric tea, boil 1 cup of water and dissolve 2 grams of turmeric powder. You can also add lemon, honey, and ginger to enhance its flavor.
Turmeric powder can also be added to food and beverages. The ideal is to consume 400 to 600 mg, about 3 times a day. You can also add it to sauces, soups or drinks or to milk and you can find it in health or diet stores.
The stress of daily life has caused many people to suffer from various conditions that, many times, the pharmaceutical industry and modern medicine cannot completely solve. For this reason, more and more people are leaning towards alternative treatments with medicinal herbs and a healthier lifestyle where they consume more natural foods and without toxic products.
Once again, experience leads us to revalue the knowledge of the past. These roots are not new but have a remote past and for millennia they have been a vital source of good health for many generations.