Properties of Apple
Apples are beneficial in the treatment of both constipation
and diarrhoea. Raw apples
are good for constipation. In herbal medicine ripe,
uncooked apples have traditionally been given
to treat constipation. At least two
apples should be taken daily for proper evacuation
of bowels. Baked apples
are good for diarrhoea as the cooking process softens
the cellulose and provides bulk to the faeces.
Apples, being rich in Iron, Vitamin C and Phosphorus,
are highly beneficial in the treatment of anemia. It
will be particularly useful in the form of freshly prepared
apple juice. It may be
taken in quantities of 0.5 to 1 kg daily with beneficial
results. The best time to take the juice is half an
hour before meals and just before retiring to bed. The
cider should be drawn from selected apples, which should
be thoroughly washed before crushing.
Apples have been found useful in acute and chronic dysentery
among children. Ripe and sweet
apples should be crushed into pulp and given
to the child several times a day, from one to four tablespoon
full, according to age, in this disorder. The American
Medical Association has also advocated the use of apples
as therapeutic agent in dysentery.
Slicing a whole apple and gently pounding it until it
becomes slightly mashed prepare a natural ‘apple
medicine’ for the disturbed stomach. It may be
sprinkled with cinnamon or honey The entire mashed apple
may be eaten except for the stem and seeds. It should
be chewed thoroughly before swallowing. This preparation
should be taken several times between meals for beneficial
results. The all-natural medicinal substance, pectin,
in the mashed apple works to create a protective coating
action by virtue of its qualities as an absorbent and
demulcent i.e. the soothing agent.
Shredded apple, mixed with a tablespoonful of honey
and sprinkled with sesame seeds, constitute an excellent
stomach tonic and an appetizer. It should be taken before
meals. It stimulates sluggish digestive juices and this
facilitates assimilation of food for healthful results.'
Apples are highly beneficial in the treatment of all
types of headache. A ripe apple, after removing the
upper rind and the inner hard portion should be taken
with a little salt every morning on empty stomach in
such cases. This should be continued for about a week.
It will yield good results even in cases of disgusting
Apples are of special value to heart patients. They
are rich in potassium and phosphorus but low in sodium.
From ancient times, apple with honey is considered a
very effective remedy for functional disorders of heart.
Recent researches have revealed that people who consume
plenty of potassium through food items are likely to
escape heart attacks. Apples, as a good source of potassium,
help in the alleviation of heart disease.
High Blood Pressure
Apples are considered invaluable in the cases of high
blood pressure. The apple diet has a rapid and considerable
diuretic effect causing increased secretion of urine
and thus bringing down blood pressure to normal. It
also relieves the kidneys by reducing the supply of
sodium chloride to a minimum In addition; it lowers
the sodium level in tissues because of the high level
of potassium in apples.
Apples are regarded an excellent food medicine for gout,
arthritis and rheumatism especially when these diseases
are caused by uric acid poisoning. The malic acid contained
in them is believed to neutralize the uric acid and
afford relief to the sufferers. Apples, boiled to a
jelly, make a very good liniment for rheumatic pains.
They should be rubbed freely on the affected area.
Sweet apples are valuable in dry hacking cough. Nearly
250 grams of sweet apples should be taken daily for
about a week to obtain relief.
Apples are useful in kidney stones. In countries where
the natural unsweetened cider is the common beverage,
cases of stone or calculus are practically absent. The
ripe fresh fruit will be more valuable.
The over-ripe apples are useful as a poultice
for sore eyes. The pulp is applied over the closed
eyes and is held in position with a bandage. It is allowed
to remain there for one to two hours.
The apple is the best fruit to tone up a weak and run-down
condition of the human system. It removes all deficiencies
of vital organs and makes the body stout, strong and
improve vital power. It tones up the body and the brain
as it contains more phosphorus and iron than any other
fruit or vegetable. Its regular consumption with milk
promotes health and youthfulness and helps build healthy
and bright skin. It has a calming and relaxing effect
and is good especially for sedentary workers.
The apple is generally taken raw and is used as a dessert
fruit. Apples can be used as a salad and taken with
other fruits, or cooked or baked. They can also be used
in the form of dried apple, apple jelly, apple juice
or cider and vinegar. Freshly prepared apple juice is
one of the best fruit juices.
Apples should not be consumed on an empty stomach as
it may lead to indigestion Apples are often sprayed
with poisonous chemicals to prevent them from decay,
the fruits should be thoroughly washed and cleaned in
all possible ways before consumption