Nutmeg is known by many names, such Myristica fragrans, mace, magic, muscdier, muskatbaum, myristica, noz moscada, nuez moscada, and nux moschata. Nutmeg.
Applications and Properties:
Actions:aromatic, carminative, spasmolytic, antiemetic, orexigenic, gastric secretory stimulant, prostaglandin inhibiting anti-inflammatory, cerebral stimulant, antispasmodic, hallucinogenic.
Treats abdominal distention and pain, anorexia (loss of appetite) and vomiting due to stomach cold and qi stagnation.
Qi stagnation due to deficiency and cold in the spleen and stomach manifested as epigastric and abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea.
Nutmeg is not a nut, but the kernel of an apricot-like fruit. Mace is an arillus, a thin leathery tissue between the stone and the pulp; it is bright red to purple when harvested, but after drying changes to amber.
In the nutmeg trade, broken nutmegs that have been infested by pests are referred to as "BWP grade"(broken, wormy and punky). BWP grade nutmegs must be used only for distillation of oil of nutmeg and extraction of nutmeg oleoresin. Occasionally, however, they are ground and sold illegally. For the very real danger of molds producing aflatoxines on BWP nuts, consumers should buy their nutmegs as a whole, and grind for themselves. Whole nutmegs will also keep their flavour much longer.
Dosage: 3-10 g (1.5-3 g for pills or powder form)Powdered dry seed: 0.3-1g three times a day.
Safety and Toxicity:
TDLo - Lowest published toxic dose.Oral.Human - man.143 mg/kg.Toxic Effects:Behavioral - changes in REM sleep (human);Gastrointestinal - hypermotility, diarrhea;Gastrointestinal - nausea or vomiting.
Safety: Low medicinal doses and culinary amounts of nutmeg and mace are safe. In excess, however, the herbs are strongly stimulant, hallucinogenic, and toxic.
Caution: large quantities are hallucinogenic (thought to be due to myricristin) and excitant to the motor cortex, and can produce stomach pain, double vision, delirium and other symptoms of poisoning. Eating as few as two nutmegs may result in death. A single dose of 7.5g or more may produce convulsions and palpitations.
- 1.Nutmeg is known by many names, such Myristica fragrans, mace, magic, muscdier, muskatbaum, myristica, noz moscada, nuez moscada, and nux moschata. Nutmeg.
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