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Cerasee: A Bahamian Treasure []
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Posted by:Oct 9th 2003, 05:40:35 pm
Fig Tree News TeamVery interesting use of our common weed, found in just about yard on the island ... and now available in teabag form online.

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COMMON NAMES: Karela, balsam apple, paoka, madian apple, mexicaine, caprika, achochilla

Cerasee is native to Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean area. It was introduced to Brazil by African slaves and from there it spread to the rest of Latin America and the West Indies. Today it reaches as far north as Texas and Florida, where it grows wild. Cerasee also grows wild in Asia where it is used medicinally, and as a vegetable.

A tea made of the vine is used for diabetes, hypertension, worms, dysentery, malaria and as a general tonic and blood purifier. It is also very effective to relieve constipation and colds and fevers in children.

Women in Latin American and the West Indies use the leaf for menstrual problems to promote discharge after childbirth. The tea is taken for 9 days after giving birth to clean out and tone up all the organs involved in the delivery. Cerasee is also used as a natural method of birth control, by taking two cups each day after intercourse, for three days. It is said that women who drink Cerasee daily will not conceive during that time.

As a wash, the tea is used externally for sores, rashes, skin ulcers and all skin problems. A Cerasee bath is good for arthritis, rheumatism, gout and other similar ailments.

In Brazil, Cerasse tea is used as a tonic and remedy for colds, fever and pains due to arthritis and rheumatism. In Curacao and Aruba, the tea is used to lower blood pressure. In the Philippines, Cerasee is cultivated as a vegetable and cooked like other leafy vegetables. In Cuba, Cerasee tea is used as a remedy for colitis, liver complaints, fever and as a skin lotion. A tea of the root is used to expel kidney stones. In India, the green, unripe fruits are soaked in water and cooked in curry and other dishes. The juice of the ripe fruit, which contains valuable enzymes and minerals, is taken for diabetes.

Researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine have found an element, known as GUANYLATE CYCLASE in the ripe fruit that has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer caused by chemicals. Cerasee is also being studied at the Sloan-Kettering Institute as a possible cure for leukemia.

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