Ancient Remedies: 10 Native Herbs or Foods to Ease Common Ailments
Peppercorns, long used by India's indigenous people, contain a chemical compound called piperine that can not only help stifle a common cold--it may be able to help prevent a breast cancer tumor from forming, a University of Michigan Cancer Center study suggests, reported Health magazine.
Black pepper inhibits some of the inflammation produced by the tumor cells, which essentially slows tumor progression, noted Suite101.com.
Peppercorns are the small, aromatic dried fruits of the peppercorn plant. To reap the most nutritional value from pepper, buy whole peppercorn. "Poorer quality peppercorns are commonly preground," states Chow.com.
The spice's cancer-fighting potential is heightened when paired with turmeric, a common Indian spice native to tropical South Asia.
9. Skunk Cabbage
Skunk cabbage, long used by Native Americans to treat many breathing problems, "is an effective natural supplement for other lung and upper respiratory problems," according to Dr. William A. Mitchell Jr., a naturopathic physician and author of the book "Plant Medicine in Practice," reports Lance Armstrong's website Livestrong.com.
As a homeopathic expectorant to treat asthma and bronchitis, brew the freshly dried leaves in medicinal teas or stews. The leaves are not edible raw, because the roots are toxic and the leaves can burn the mouth. Skunk cabbage, which has a spicy taste, grows abundantly in moist places in the northern and middle United States, reports Botanical.com.
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