You cannot find
grapes fruiting from this plant. It is just a common name (or
misnomer) for this plant; however it belongs to the grape family.
This plant should be in
the radar screen of those who are suffering from bone loss, bone marrow
diseases, blood diseases, blood cell diseases (bone marrow is the
factory for blood cells) and even joint pains.
The whole plant can be used -- the
squarish cross-section stems,
and leaves. The raw herb has a strong astringency but not sour
much so that it 'bites' the throat and tongue due to its high content
of ascorbic acid. It is
not to take the herb raw alone but mix it with other herbs as in a
multi-green juicing manner. The stem of the plant is sectional like a
bamboo; about two sections of the stem of the herb (with or without
leaves) per day should be fine.
herb is proven to be effective in helping those who are recovering from
broken bones, and injured ligaments or tendons. Some
medicine practitioners say it is also great for relieving blood
diseases since it resolves
bone marrow diseases; And yet
are naturopaths who recommend it to solve blood disorders/cancers as
well as bone cancers.
It is even found as one of many
ingredients in some brands of weight-loss
and diet capsules produced by
Western pharmaceuticals. The reason for an interest in this herb by
pharmaceuticals is the proven influence of this herb on proper
metabolism, control of adipose tissue formation, and lipid levels which
contribute directly to good cardiovascular health. It
has one important ingredient phyto-sterol, and this more or less
explains its efficacy.
To Mycoalkonics, obesity, abnormal binging on energy-giving foods
(carbohydrates and fats),
water-retention and everything which surround unusual weight gain are
all linked to fungal infections. Fungal microbes have cell
walls made of sterol, and phyto-sterol is capable of destroying fungal
cell walls thus limiting their population. Once pathogenic fungal
population in the body is reduced, obesity can be controlled and even
reduced substantially. It is a daily, weekly, monthly, and
yearly battle with fungal infections as they are not so easily deterred
from multiplying inside our bodies.