As we’ve seen in a previous article on Fruit Cures, one can choose a particular food item (like a vegetable or rice) in order to purify the system and get on with a natural health treatment. In this article on Vegetable Cures, we’ll look into different options mentioned in the 244 Course: Health Education : Cabbage Cure, Rice Cure and Seaweed Revitalisation Cure.
As a fresh and raw juice, pure or mixed with carrot, fennel and beet juice It is not to be used as a mono-diet, and therefore should not be consumed all day long. Cabbage has a powerful revitalizing and draining effect, and is an essential winter vegetable that is poorly understood or prepared and therefore ignored. It is a major antiscorbutic due to the high amount of vitamin C (200 mg/100 g for raw green cabbage, as well as an excellent digestive anti-ulcer agent, bactericide, glycemic regulator and anti-colitic, and also has a gentle aperitif, energizing and depurative action.
- Counter indications: People suffering from colitis or enteritis should begin slowly with small quantities of raw cabbage juice which may be diluted, in order to retrain and heal digestive mucous membranes. Cabbages have to be steamed and never cooked in water, eaten raw in thin strips or grated.
- Periodicity: One cure during the winter for one to four weeks.
- Presentation: Many varieties of cabbage are available. Green cabbage is the most complete, along with Chinese cabbage and broccoli. Choice criteria are above all freshness (distinct colors, firm leaves, density) and agro-biological origin.
- Cure progression: Begin with two to three tablespoons of freshly squeezed cabbage juice (juice extractor) or vials (natural food stores). Mix with some water, and take 10 to 15 minutes before meals three times a day. Slowly increase dosages until you reach the amount of one glass three times a day at the same times.
Rice and food grain cure: millet, buckwheat, barley… This cure is one of the most comfortable and is recommended for people who are sensitive to cold, nervous, active and who would like a positive organic purification experience. The rice cure ‘yangises’ powerfully, i.e. it tones the ‘solar’, emissive, dense, vertical, hot and masculine polarity of an individual. It contributes to de-acidifying the biological terrain very actively. It’s appropriate for those who suffer from all types of rheumatism and arthritis: they will experience great improvement of the many dermatological and inflammatory symptoms, as well as a reduction in pain.
Contraindication: None if excessive quantities are not consumed.
Periodicity: Ideal cure during the winter, from October to April according to climate and personal sensitivity to cold. It may be renewed several times for three days during this half of the year, or twice for 10 full days.
Presentation: Use organic or biodynamic food grains. Choose semi-whole rice, which is much less irritating for the sensitive mucous membranes of the intestine. Cook very slowly (facilitates the transformation of part of the starch into maltose), without excess water or by steaming (for buckwheat and quinoa). Rice lends itself best to this traditional oriental cure, but buckwheat is even more ‘yang’ and is better for very active workers, as well as for people who suffer from circulatory deficiencies.
• Cure progression: Consumed as a mono-diet, alone or with a very small amount of cooked carrots or green vegetables (green beans, Chinese cabbage, fennel, celery). Every mouthful must be well chewed. At breakfast, if a bowl of rice is not appetizing, eat a few unsweetened rice cakes – they are delicious and easy to digest.
Seaweed Revitalisation Cure
Seaweed should be prominently featured in our everyday meals. Each day, we should take between one and six teaspoons of re-hydrated seaweed. Between 3 and 9 teaspoons of dietary seaweed (not capsules) should be consumed daily during the revitalization cure, at lunchtime and dinner, for 3 to 6 weeks.
Seaweed and its freshwater counterparts such as spirulina place among the best sources of protein and minerals to face situations of famine or dietary imbalances around the world. The average level of protein that can be assimilated is 15 %. This level for nori is 20%, 35 % for wakame and 70 % for spirulina. Seaweed, when associated with cereals and vegetables, fulfill essential amino acid requirements and improve the level and quality of protein supplies (beyond those of meat).
Seaweed contains impressive amounts of vitamins: B12 is first, (an essential vitamin for those who do not eat meat) then come A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, D, E, K, PP, FÉ The 7 to 12 % of lipids contained in the plant are perfectly balanced and rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, beneficial to the cardiovascular system. The 30 to 40% of carbohydrates are surprisingly well divided into mannitol and algulose, which are slowly assimilated by the organism and help regulate glycaemia.
Types of seaweed
- Kombu: Specifically used in Asia for longevity, vital, sexual and intellectual capacities. Traditionally used against arthritis, arterial and vein disease, hydrocele and hemorrhoids.
- Kumbu Karafuto: Very sweet seaweed (mannitol), a traditional Chinese remedy for the spleen and pancreas.
- Wakame: Like Kombu, helps to re-pigment white hair (brown). A good hypo tensor, highly useful for people suffering from a heart condition traditionally considered strengthening the liver and intestines.
- Iziki: Contains ten times more iron than spinach. Iziki is also one of the types of seaweed that contains the most calcium and magnesium. Perfectly suited for all sorts of deficiencies in minerals and metallic trace elements traditionally used in Japan for vein disorders and hair loss
- Agar-Agar: The poorest of all dietary seaweed, but the richest in alginate and mucilage, which are useful in treating persistent constipation.
- Funori: Useful during seasonal purification cures and in the event of mushroom poisoning.
- Dulse: Traditional Chinese medicine uses dulse for digestive tract disorders (irritation), chronic dysentery (gut regulation).
- Spirulina: The blue-green seaweed of the Aztecs. Spirulina grows in the alkaline lakes of Mexico, Africa and the Antilles. The first source of vitamin B12 (twice as much as veal liver), spirulina also contains exceptional levels of protein.
- Its supply of high quality provitamin A is far superior to that of carrots and apricots. It is used nowadays as a natural hunger suppressor (by informing the brain of sufficient supplies of amino acids), as a protein supplement by athletes and as a general revitalization and anti-anemic agent. Its 8% lipid content is largely polyunsaturated. Its chlorophyll (115 mg/100 g) has a purifying action on the digestive tract. Finally, with 1500 to 2000 mg/100 g magnesium and 7600 to 9000 mg/100 g phosphorus, spirulina obviously influences our neuro-psycho-muscular and immune balance. In the beginning, take three spoonfuls per day of the blue-green powder. Sprinkled on food, in sauces, in fruit or vegetable juice cocktails, in yogurt, etc
- Klamath: A close relative of spirulina, klamath grows in the saline lakes of Oregon. It is considered to be a sort of “super spirulina”, particularly rich in bio-catalytic micro- elements. It appears that one gram of klamath supplies 133 % of the recommended daily dose of vitamin B12; the rare presence of bore, useful in preventing water retention, of molybdenum, a co-factor in the binding of iron (with vitamin C), as well as fluorine. Klamath is therefore a highly valuable seaweed for people suffering from anemia, fatigue, stress or low immune defenses.
Medical Properties of Seaweed
Seaweed has a long list of properties, and is effective in treating the following conditions.
- Physical and mental cacergasia,
- poor memory,
- lack of intellectual tone and ibido,
- growth disorders,
- chronic rheumatism,
- arthritic diathesis,
- high blood pressure,
- after-effects of bone fractures,
- trace element deficiencies,
- tooth decay,
- disorders of the capillaries,
- skin appendages,
- and immunodeficiency disorders (chronic infection, growing fatigue, iatrogenic diseases, etc.).
Additional Notes on the Cure
Contraindications: Some sensitivity to iodine and possible thyroid disorders. In fact, seaweed seems to regulate hormones.
Periodicity: 21 days four times per year, during the change in seasons.
Presentation: Whenever possible, consume fresh seaweed, soaked in water for 15 to 45 minutes to remove traces of sand and replenish water content. Once soaked, the weeds barely smell and their taste is delicious. If taste is an issue, take 2 to 8 seaweed tablets or capsules per day.
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