Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Vegetables as medicine

by ­Chang Chao-liang, Cao Qing-rong, and Li Bao-zhen


- The root contains glucose, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, vitamins B1, B2, C and radish glucoside. It is a good source of calcium.

- The root can diminish sluggish feelings, clear feelings of heat and fever, disperse phlegm, keeps the qi from becoming over-active, warms the interior organs and helps neutralize poison.


- Contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, carotene, Vitamins B1, B2, anthocyanidin, fat, oil, volatile oil and a substance that can reduce blood sugar.

- The root can strengthen the spleen, diminish sluggishness, help neutralize poison and assist in clearing a rash.


- Contain copious starch, Vitamin C and protein. Also contain a small amount of phosphorus, calcium, iron and fat and are highly nutritious.

- Potatoes strengthen the spleen, acts as a tonic on the qi (vital energy) and help neutralize poison.


- Contains auxin, docosanoic alcohol and unsaturated fatty acids.

- Can control phlegm and ease some respiratory problems.


- Contains protein, fat, sugar, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, vitamins B1, B2, C, niacin, coffee acid, a variety of amino acids, volatile oils, etc.

- Can cool fever and benefit the urine.


- It contains protein, fat, carbohydrate, calcium, phosphorous, iron, vitamins B1, B2, C, amino acids, etc. also contains a substance that affects the thyroid gland.

- It can nourish the bone marrow, nourish the heart and strengthen bones and sinews.


- Contains Vitamins A,C and D.

- It can moisten the lungs, clear up phlegm, stop coughing, and aid the flow of urine.


- Tomatoes contain malic acid, citric acid, as well as a small amount of tomato alkali, protein, fat, sugar, calcium, phosphorous, iron, carotene, vitamins B1, B2 and C, niacin etc.

- Helps promote the secretion of saliva, quenches thirst, helps promote a healthy stomach and aids digestion.


- Contains volatile oils, ginger alcohol, zingiberene fenchylene, borneol, cajeputol, etc. It also contains a small amount of ginerol as well as protein, fat, calcium, phosphorous, iron, vitamin C and a small measure of vitamins B1 and B2.

- It can induce sweating, disperse cold, warm the stomach and neutralize poison.


- It contains protein, fat, carbohydrate, calcium, phosphorous, iron, carotene, vitamin C, niacin, as well as a small amount of vitamins B1 and B2. Etc.

- It can be used to treat a deficiency of yin, nourish the blood, and act upon intestines.

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