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Herbal Medicine – The Secret to Cure Diseases

October 10th, 2010

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In earlier days, we were very much connected with nature. Everything was pure and safe for us. Initially even for diseases we do not seek doctors but the different herbs, spices, and other home products. But as the technology is advancing we are moving away from it. We now need ready made products so that no effort is required for its use. This has made us move towards the allopathic medication in every little sniffle. This has various side effects which are seen afterwards.

On the contrary, herbs as medicines are very effective and safe. Traditional medicines just suppress the symptoms while herbal medicines find the root cause of problems and thus eliminating it. Herbal medicines are prepared from the different parts of the plant and plant extracts. These were very popular in china and now have reached to the whole world due to its effectiveness. These herbal medicines are prepared by mixing various plant parts like roots, stems, leaves, bark, flower juices, etc.

In traditional Chinese medicine system, each herbal medicine is prepared by mixing different types of herbs considering the patient’s illness. Some herbs are used to detoxify the effect of other herb while some are added to act as catalyst for the other herb. All this is decided in keeping the patient’s physical, mental, and emotional and health aspects.

Herbal medicine in china is decided on the following concepts:

Body temperature: every individual has balanced yin/yang degree. The ratio of these two makes the person’s body as hot, cold, warm, cool or neutral. While preparing herbs internal balance is checked then medication is done. For internal cold, hot yang medicines are given.

Taste: herbs have five different tastes i.e. sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy. Each taste has specific function so are given accordingly. Sweet is used for toning, improving, moistening the basic systems of the body, sour is used in perspiration, protracted cough, and chronic diarrhea. Salty is effective in softening firm masses and adhesions. Bitter helps in clearing body heat, decreases chi, raises appetite while spicy is used to activate meridian points, circulation of blood and disperses energy.

Meridian: meridians are the pathways associated with the body organs. There are specific herbs associated with each organ which is decided considering above two methods.

Herbal remedies are the secret to cure a number of diseases. This is due to the therapeutic effect of each herb on the specific organ in the body. Some of the herbs used in preparing these medicines are:

Ginger: it’s an herb as well as spice used regularly in daily diet. This generates warmth in body, effective in cough and cold, detoxifies the food poisons and helpful in digestion.
Cinnamon: a popular ingredient of tea helps in maintaining the balance of energy throughout the body. It regulates the circulation of blood by invigorating it and helps during allergic reaction in the body.
Astragalus: its root is used to strengthen immune system and make body resistant to infection. It also reduces reaction during allergies.
Salvia: used in parts of pain, injury, inflammation, infection, swelling and effective in post stroke syndrome.
Ephedra: it is a stem herb effective in respiratory and nervous system. It’s a tonic for those who are trying hard to reduce weight as it helps in burning calories.

Several others include peony, rehmmania, rhubarb, licorice etc. Sometimes these medicines also include minerals and plant parts that have raised certain controversies in their use. Otherwise these are the best remedies for your diseases and very cost effective too.

George Jhon is an Author for Backonyourfeet, A Natural Health Clinic where our highly skilled experts may guide you about Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine to Improve Your Life. For more information, visit http://www.backonyourfeet.com.au

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Brix Refractometers

October 7th, 2010

You often hear the term brix and brix refractometer when testing samples for sugar content. Just what is a refractometer? A refractometer is an instrument that measures the refraction of light through a substance. The refractive index becomes higher in a substance of higher concentration.

A refractometer has a wide variety of uses such as measuring sugar concentrations and liquid concentrations. Refractometers are sometimes called “Sugar concentration meters” or “Density meters” depending on the application.

Brix and refractive index are common measurement scales for refractometers. A refractometer that measures brix is referred to as a Brix Refractometer. When measuring solutions that have multiple ingredients the Brix value equals the total concentration of dissolved solids.

About the Brix (%) Scale

Brix (%) shows the concentration percentage of the soluble solids content in a sample (water solution). The soluble solids content is the total of all the solids dissolved in the water, including sugar, salts, protein, acids, etc., and the measurement reading is the sum total of these. Basically, Brix (%) is the number of grams of cane sugar contained in 100g of cane sugar solution. When measuring a sugar solution, Brix (%) should perfectly match the actual concentration. With solutions containing other components, especially when one wants to know the exact concentration, a conversion chart is necessary.

Digital versus Analog Brix refractometers

Brix refractometers are available in hand-held (analogue) or digital models. Hand held units are read by putting a drop of sample on the prism, closing the daylight plate and then reading the scale through an eyepiece as the instrument is held up to your eye. A hand-held/analogue unit determines the refractive index or brix by use of the “Transparent System” which measures light as it passes through the sample and the prism. A low concentration sample has a larger angle of refraction so the boundary line falls on the lower part of the scale, whereas a high concentration sample has a small angle of refraction so the boundary line appears in the upper part of the scale.

Digital Brix refractometers use the “Reflected light system. When you put a sample on the prism and press the Start button, the light that is transmitted from under the sample will travel and refract in multiple directions. The angle of reflection is proportional to the refractive index of the sample, and the reflected light is measured by a sensor and converted into the refractive index or brix readout.

Because of their versatility, Brix refractometers are used widely to test sugar content in fruit, vegetables, wine and other food products.

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Fall Harvest, How To Can Your Vegetables

October 6th, 2010

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Preparing and canning Tomato sauce:

Wash your garden tomatoes in cold water,I filter my water to remove flouride and chlorine.Add a couple of capfuls of hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water and simply wash the tomatoes.

 

cut tomatoesCore the tomatoes and cut them into quarters, fill a saucepot with whatever you have. Bring tomatoes to a boil then cut heat back. Use a potatoe masher or somthing similar to crush the mix ocasionally for about an hour. this allows water to be cooked out.Let Mixture cool a bit while preparing jars for canning.

 

 

sterilize jars

 Using Ball brand Jars or any brand you have available, you will need pot of water deep enough to cover the jars completly,you will want to have at least one inch of water over the tops of the jars. Bring water to boil and take out only the jars you are going to fill when ready.

 While those jars are sterilizing get an empty pot or bowel. Find a metal mesh pasta strainer itm works best for me. Set strainer over the pot and compress tomatoes down and the juice will strain through the strainer. Continue pressing until all juice has been expelled.

In the clean jars that you are ready to use,add one teaspoon of  lemon  juice and one teaspoon of organic canning salt to each one.Fill jars with tomatoe sauce leaving one inch of head space.

 

fill jars 

 

Make sure rim of jar is clean,wipe it with paper towel befor you install lids. Remove lid from hot water and set in evenly on top of jar. Install ring and tighten it securely.

 

lid

Don’t overtighten as you will need to remove ring after cooling.

 

 

 

lid ring

 

 

 

 

 jar in hot water

After you submerge the jar it should have at least one inch of water above lid. Leave jar in water for 40 minutes before removing. Lay a small towel out on the counter to set your completed jars. Now you are an expert canner.

 

 

 

 Complete tomatoe

You will hear the jars begin to pop as they cool. This is a good sign because they have sealed. Leave the product to cool overnight before you decide to remove the rings.After you remove them, wash around the top to prevent mold and store the jars in the cabinet. They last for years. I have eaten food canned from 8 years prior.


One thing you need to do is get a canning book that tells you which foods need only a hot water canning or whether you need a pressure canning pot. All in all I will show you a couple of different vegetables that we preserve for ourselves and this on will not require a pressure canner.