Medicinal use and Health Benefits
Black walnut has been touted as a vermifuge (worm and parasite eliminator) for many decades. Products that contain raw materials like black walnut are viable products that really do work on illnesses caused by bothersome pests like ringworms, pinworms, tapeworms and many other of the parasites that penetrate into our lives. The parts of the black walnut that are used medicinally are the bark of the tree, the husk, the shell and the nut or the kernel. Black walnut is considered to be an antiseptic, a germicide, a parasitic, and a laxative. Black walnut hull does indeed help with a variety of health conditions from ridding the body of intestinal parasites and tapeworms to reducing constipation and healing skin conditions like acne, canker sores, psoriasis, and other fungal infections. The hull can be ground down into a fine powder and taken internally or mixed into a poultice and applied topically. Black walnut has been used as external applications for a variety of skin complaints including ringworm, jock itch , athlete’s foot, psoriasis, blisters, eczema, scabbing caused by intense itching, varicose ulcers, and even syphilis sores. The black walnut kernel or nut is thought to oxygenate the blood. It provides one of the only inland sources of iodine and also is laden with omega 3 fatty acids. Black walnut extracts can be taken internally for ailments such as gout, rheumatism, glandular disturbances, worms, and parasites. The most common medicinal use of black walnut is to kill parasites. Black Walnut oxygenates the blood to kill parasites. It is used to help balance sugar levels. It also is able to burn up excessive toxins and fatty materials. The decoction has also been used as an effective vermifuge. Vermifuge is just a fancy word to indicate that the properties in black walnuts eliminates worms or parasites that use humans as hosts. The fruit is useful for promoting strength and weight gain. The husk is chewed for colic and use as a poultice for inflammation.
The black walnut hull contains a number of active ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acids called alpha linolenic acid (ALA, a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid that occurs in some plant oils; an essential fatty acid), sterols, tannins and iodine. A high intake of ALA is protective against heart attack. Sterols are naturally occurring plant compounds that are chemically similar to cholesterol. Sterols may play chemoprotective (properties or agents that protect healthy tissue from the toxic effects of anticancer drugs during the treatment of cancer) and cardioprotective (agents or properties that protect or even strengthen the heart) roles. Tannins are antibacterial, anticancer, antidiarrheal (agents or properties that stop or control diarrhea), antihepatotoxic (agents or properties that protect the liver), chelator (can combine to chemicals that normally do not mix), antihypertensive (agents that control blood pressure), antitumor, cancer preventive, anti-ulcer. Iodine is widely used as an antiseptic in medicine. It works by attaching itself to the infective bacteria and thereby killing them. Black walnut shells are very rich in vitamin C, and beta-carotene, B1, B2, and B6 are found in the leaves.
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