Useful and therapeutic properties of the potato

August 12, 2017 17:59 | Drug Plants

Perennial herb to 60 cm tall.Taproot, highly branched.Stems numerous, ascending or erect, slightly pubescent.Underground stems - the white form at the ends of the fleshy, strongly starchy tubers, edible.Leaves imparipinnate with 7-11 intermittently leaves egg shape with an oblique base, pubescent.The flowers are quite large, whitish or purplish, with stellate aureole, bifurcated curls.The fruit - green, black and purple, highly poisonous berries.It blooms from June to August.Grown in gardens.Homeland - South America.

Medicinal raw materials are mature underground tubers and flowers.The tubers contain carbohydrates, proteins (globulin, tuberin, albulin, proteins and peptone), cellulose, pectin, and oxalic acid, malic acid, citric acid and others. Organic acids, significant amounts of potassium (568 mg%) and phosphorous (50 mg%).Furthermore, potato tubers contain vitamin C (26-42 mg%), B ,null, B2, B6, folic acid and niacin as well as vitamin A (in small amounts).Potatoes are a source of vitamin C in the

human diet.One of the components of the potato skin is poisonous glycoalkaloid solanine, which can cause poisoning.The greatest number of solanine contain sprouted tubers and tubers with green skin.

Potato tubers are a good food product, and is used to produce starch and other alcohol. Product.

In the literature there is an indication that the experimental infusion of potato flowers lowers blood letting

tion and stimulates respiration.It should be remembered that in the aerial parts of potatoes (especially fruits) solanine contain a significant amount (1%) and nitrite (4%) that may cause severe poisoning.


In folk medicine, the juice of raw potato tubers (squeezed from red grapes raw potatoes, 1/2 cup 3 times a day on an empty stomach, half an hour before meals and at bedtime) is recommended in gastritis and peptic ulcer with high acidity andpersistent headaches.Old folk remedy is inhalation of potato vapor (steam from the potatoes, boiled in their skins, or potatoes cooked rind) in diseases of the upper respiratory tract, sore throat and other fresh potatoes by placing it on the skin, treat skin diseases -. Eczema and other

Preparation.potato juice: washed and wiped dry the potatoes with the skin rubbed through a grater.Juice pressed with starch, it is recommended to use only vezheprigotovlenny juice.The starch is used as a coating, an anti-inflammatory in the gastro-intestinal diseases, burns.