Walnut:Applications,Combinations,Administration Guide and Safety.
- Basic Botanical Information of Walnut:Juglans nigra.
- Botanical Description,Countries of origin,habitat,Varieties Grading,Common Species of Walnut.
- Names of the Walnut in History,Walnuts Uses in Ancient Times.
- Parts and Uses of Black Walnut:Juglans nigra.
- Phytochemical,Constituents,Nutritional Composition and Profile of Walnut.
- Common Health Benefits of Walnut,Medicinal Benefits,Action and Uses of Walnut Part.
- Nutritional Benefits of Walnut:Brain Nourishing Effect and Pharmacological Mechanism.
- Walnut or He Tao:Notes from Ancient Herbal Classics and Herbalists.
- Walnut:Applications,Combinations,Administration Guide and Safety.
- Walnut and Human Civilization:History and Archeology,World Cuisines,Folklore.
- Research Update of Walnut.
Walnut:Applications,Combinations,Administration Guide and Safety.
Sweet in flavor, warm in nature, it is related to the lung, kidney and large intestine channels.
The fat in walnut is beneficial to the formation of albumin in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is claimed that walnut is warm yet not dry like most nuts; hence, it is good for weakness and deficient vital essence in the elderly, nourishing the blood and vital energy, benefitting the lungs and kidneys and moistening the lungs, helping inspiration to relieve asthma, moistening the intestine and relaxing bowels.
Being sweet and warm in property, it can invigorate yang; and being greasy and moist, warm but not dry, it is capable of supplementing kidney-qi, helping inspiration and moistening intestinal dryness, frequently serving to treat lumbago (painful muscular rheumatism involving the lumbar region) due to kidney-deficiency, chronic cough and asthma of deficiency-syndrome and constipation. It is also an excellent tonic food.
1.For lumbago due to kidney-deficiency, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing ear), tired extremities, insomnia, forgetfulness, spermatorrhoea (abnormally frequent involuntary emission of the semen without copulation) and frequent urination:
a) It is often used with herbs for reinforcing the kidney to keep vital essence, such as Cortex Eucommiae, Fructus Psoraleae, Semen Astragali Complanati, Fructus Corni, etc.
b) Crush 50 g walnut, and consume as one likes.
2. For deficiency-coldness of the lung and kidney, failure of the kidney in receiving air, chronic cough, asthma of insufficiency type, sweating, lassitude, and soreness of the waist and knees:
a) It is used with Radix Genseng, Semen Armeniacae Amarum, Fructus Schisandrae, Fructus Psoraleae, etc., to tonify the lung and kidney, help respiration to arrest asthma.
b) Pound 1,000 g walnut and mix with 500 ml bee honey. Administer 1-2 teaspoonfuls each day.
3. For deficiency of vital essence and blood because of old age and chronic disease and constipation:
a) It can be used with herbs for moistening dryness to relax the bowel, such as Fructus Cannabis, Radix Angelicae Sinensis, Herba Cistanchis, Semen Armeniacae Amarum, etc.
b) For habitual constipation. Prepare 20 g walnut and 20 g black sesame, all fried to a little bit brown. Eat at bedtime once daily.
4. For nausea and acid regurgitation: Crush several walnuts and swallow with ginger solution.
5.Infusion: Use for skin problems and eye inflammations, and as a digestive tonic for poor appetite.
6.Wash: Use the infusion for eczema or for wounds and abrasions.
7.Eyewash: Use either a well - strained infusion or 5 drops tincture in an eyecup of water for conjunctivitis and blepharitis.
8.Eliminate parasites: Black walnut hull extract has been used for centuries to help control and eliminate parasites from the body. It can be bought separately or with the two other anti parasite herbs clove and wormwood.Taken internally, Black Walnut helps relieve constipation and is also useful against fungal and parasitic infections. It may also help eliminate warts, which are troublesome growths caused by viruses. Rubbed on the skin, Black Walnut extract is reputed to be beneficial for eczema, herpes, psoriasis and skin parasites. External applications have been known to kill ringworm. The Chinese use this herb to kill tapeworms with extremely good success. The high tannin content is primarily responsible for its anthelmintic property, although other constituents such as juglandin, juglone and juglandic acid may also be involved. It is believed that Black Walnut Hull oxygenates the blood to kill parasites. The brown stain found in the green husk contains organic iodine which has antiseptic and healing properties. Black Walnut Hull is also thought to balance sugar levels and burn up excessive toxins and fatty materials. Black Walnut Hull has the ability to fight against fungal infections and acts as an antiseptic, which helps fight bacterial infection.
1. Eucommia bark and Psoralea fruit to tonify the Kidney and strengthen the lower back and knees
2. Ginseng root for cough and asthma due to lung deficiency
3. Cistanche, Polygonum, Dang Gui and Hemp seed for constipation due to dryness in the intestines
4. To kill parasite,50ml of black walnut hull extract,120 capsules of freshly ground organic clove powder and 120 capsules of freshly dried wormwood powder.The capsules are made from vegetable cellulose just like in all of our other herbal remedies and so they are guaranteed not to contain any animal products.
Dosage and Administration:Common Suggestions and Administration Suggestions from Pharmacopoeias
In a boost to California's walnut industry,the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has affirmed the health claim stating, "Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces per day of walnuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. See nutrition information for fat content."
Dosage Commonly Reported:the APAPG give some records of the commonly dosage of black walnut(Juglans nigra):"The extract is taken in dosages of 10 to 20 drops per day.The 495-milligram capsules made from the hulls are taken three times a day.For skin problems,the extract is applied twice a day."3
To be eaten raw or cooked; it can also be made into medicated porridge, decocted or used as an ingredient of boluses or powder.
Shelled walnuts can be used straight out of the package. Chopped walnuts are used extensively in baking, especially in foods, such as brownies and cookies, where they are added at the last stage of mixing. Walnuts are also a good addition to savory dishes, such as grains, stuffing, salads, and stir-fries.
Walnuts are sold in-shell and shelled. Like most nuts and seeds,walnuts can be stored in a cool, dark place for several months. Shelled and chopped walnuts can become rancid quickly and should be used within a week or should be refrigerated for up to six months or frozen for up to one year. For long-term storage, it's best to buy unshelled nuts.
Indications and Dosage from CCHM for Walnut(He Tao Qiu):The CCHM defined the herb Walnut(He Tao Qiu) as from the Juglandaceae family plant Juglans Mandshurica Maxim,and noted the herb medicinal parts are seed kernel,unmature green fruit,and bark,and noted the herb Walnut(He Tao Qiu) taste jernel taste sweet and nature warm,the unmature green fruit taste hot(pungent) and nature plain,toxic,and the bark taste bitter and hot(pungent),nature plain.Main functions and Indications,the seed kernel main functions astringing lung for relieving asthma(constrain the lung and stabilize panting),warming the kidney and moistening intestines,indicated for constitutional weakness,cough due to deficiency of the lung(lung vacuity cough),lumbago due to deficiency of the kidney(kidney deficiency low back pain),constipation,nocturnal emission(spermatorrhea,gonacratia,gonobolia),sexual impotence(asynodia,impotentia),lithangiuria,scant breast mill;the unmature green fruit functions relieve pain,indicated for gastric ulcer,gastroduodenal ulcer,stomach pain(dyspepsodynia,gastralgia,stomach-ache),external for neurodermitis(lichen planus circumscriptus,lichen simplex chronicus,Vidal's disease);the bark functions clear heat and detoxify,indicated for bacillary dysentery(shigellosis),bone tuberculosis,hordeolum(Meibomian sty).Suggested Dosage:seed kernels,bark 1~3 qian(qian,weight unit,about 5grams),unmature green fruit 2~3 qian,infusing in wine to prepare before take;external proper amount,mash fresh herb and apply at affected area.(2)
Indications and Dosage from APA Guide for Black Walnut:The APA Guide book give some guide of indications and dosage for the herb Black Walnut,it classified 1 species under the title "Black Walnut",which included "Juglans nigra L.Family:Juglandaceae.Common Names:American walnut,Eastern black walnut",it defined the medidinal parts are "the inner bark,husks,leaves,and nuts have all been used medicinally",it give some brief introduction about the most common uses of the herb by Native American tribes,early immigrant puritans and contemporary herbalists,and noted that "What It Is Used For:This shady tree,so coveted in early America as a source of hardwood for furniture,guns,and other items that it was a target of robbers,offers a valuable source for healing agents,according to some contemporary herbalists.Many of the uses they propose echo traditional Native American ones.Assorted tribes reportedly prepared a juice from the nut husks to treat ringworm,chewed the husks for colic,made a poultice of the husk to control skin inflammation,brewed a tea from the inner bark to treat constipation and induce vomiting,and concocted a leaf tea to fight bed bugs.Contemporary herbalists continue to highlight the astringent nature of the dried bark,recommending internal preparation as mild laxatives for constipation,improving digestion,and bowel regulation.Many indicate that black walnut can strengthen the body and fight internal fungal,bacterial,and parasitic infections,and some recommend hull extracts to rub into the skin for warts,fungal infections,herpes,eczema,psoriasis,bruising,and other skin ailments.A few suggest sipping a leaf infusion for many of these disorders.The hulls were traditionally boiled to make a wool dye.Generations of Americans have enjoyed the taste of the sweet nuts.",it sounds the walnut parts used more widely at America than China or Europe,it give some dosage suggestions too,like "Dosage Commonly Reported:The extract is taken in dosages of 10 to 20 drops per day.The 495-milligram capsules made from the hulls are taken three times a day.For skin problems,the extract is applied twice a day."(3),and togethor it give a safety evaluation of the herb,and medicinal property mechanism explains.
Indications and Dosage from PDR for Walnut(Juglans regia):The PDR 4th edition defined the herb Walnut as from botanical origin Juglans regia,and noted the "medicinal parts are the feathery leaflets without the rachis and the green fruit shells",this botanical origin definition is not complete,it give some brief indications of their CE approved for "Inflammation of the skin,Excessive perspiration.Externally,Walnut is used for mild,superficial inflammation of the skin and excessive perspiration.",and the herb in Folk medicine,Chinese medicine and Indian medicine too,"Unproven Uses:Internally,the drug is used for gastrointestinal catarrh and as a blood purifier.Chinese Medicine:In China,Walnut is used to treat asthma,lumbago,beriberi,impotence,and constipation.Indian Medicine:In India,Walnut is used for alternating rheumatic complaints,and the oil of the seeds is used for tapeworms.The seeds are said to have an aphrodisiac effect and are also used for dysentery and colic.",it give some suggestions on precautions and adverse reactions of the herb sounds like a standard phrase,"Precautions and Adverse Reactions:No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages.",and give some Dosage suggestions,as "Mode of Administration:Comminuted drug for decoctions and other galenic preparations for external use.Preparation:To prepare a decoction,soak 2 teaspoonfuls of drug in 1 cup of water,boil and strain.An infusion is prepared by using 1.5 g of finely cut drug,soaked in cold water,brought to simmer and strained after 3 to 5 minutes.Daily Dosage:The average daily dose for external use is 3 to 6 g of drug."(4)
Do not use in case of cases of Yin deficiency with excessive fire, or in cases of cough due to phlegm-heat, or when experiencing diarrhea.
Safety of Walnut:
Walnuts are not a commonly allergenic food, are not included in the list of 20 foods that most frequently contain pesticide residues, and are also not known to contain goitrogens, oxalates, or purines.
The APAPG give some records of the safety and noted some conditions for man and horses,about walnut and its pollen,"Not much is known about the potential toxicity of black walnut preparations,although no reports of serious harm appear in the recent medical literature--at least in humans.Horses exposed to black walnut shaving develop laminitis,swelling,fast breathing,and other signs of adverse reactions.This was noted in the late 1980s,and researchers now rely on the ability of a water extract of the tree shavings to induce signs of severe laminaria in horses to study ways to treat the disorder and other ailments.(Laminaria is an inflammatory disease characterized by swelling in the feet,lameness at walk,and refusal to lift the feet.)Pollen from the tree has caused moderately severe allergic reactions in sensitive individuals."3
Cautions on Use:
Excessive eating will lead up to diarrhea, so those who suffer from asthma and cough due to phlegm-fire, hyperactivity of fire due to yin deficiency, loose stools and diarrhea should not eat it.
Alpha-linolenic acid is a fatty acid found in many foods. Most, but not all, studies have found that high dietary or blood levels of alpha-linolenic acid correlate with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Concentrations of alpha-linolenic acid are high in walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, flaxseeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, and pistachios.
Quick and Easy Ways to Get Your Daily Handful of Walnuts:
toss some walnuts into your favourite cereal
add walnut pieces to low-fat yogurt
mix chopped walnuts into pancake and waffle batter
pack a handful of walnuts in with your lunch
toss walnuts into salads
stir walnuts into veggie dips and sandwich mixtures
stir walnuts into pasta, chicken and turkey salads
add walnuts to stir-fried and pasta dishes
stir chopped walnuts into muffin, cookie and cake batters
top bars, squares, icings with walnuts for a tasty decorative finish
take walnuts along on hikes for an energy-packed snack
include walnuts in homemade trail mix (with dried fruit)
include walnuts in party mixes (with pretzels and cereal squares)
1: Black Walnut:Juglans nigra and Walnut Extracts Benefits.
2: see CCHM(Quan Guo Zhong Cao Yao Hui Bian,or Compilation of Chinese Herbal Medicine)
3: see The American Pharmaceutical Association Practical Guide to Natural Medicines,1st Ed,under title "Black Walnut",p93~94.
4: see PDR for Herbal Medicines 4th Ed.under title "Walnut(Juglans regia)",p881~882.
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