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The Herbal Uses Of American Bittersweet and Bittersweet Nig

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Semento, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Semento

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    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]It is interesting to note that American bittersweet vine and bittersweet nightshade were commonly used for the preparation of medicines by herbalists in the nineteenth century. The bark of the American bittersweet vines are collected by the herbalists where as it is the twigs of the bittersweet nightshade that are used for medicinal purposes. Also there are reports that one of the herbal uses of both bittersweet nightshade and of American bittersweet vines or false bittersweet vines was a diuretic which is a substance that increases the flow of urine. The twigs of the bittersweet nightshade are to be collected in the autumn, after the dropping of the foliage. These twigs are having an unpleasant odor, which will be lost by drying. Their taste is bitter which is followed by some sweetness and a slight acridity. Also some say that it is because the bark of American bittersweet vine has a bitter, afterward sweetish, rather nauseous taste that it was thought of as bittersweet. During many a property inspection Sydney pest and building inspection experts have pointed out the medicinal qualities of these plants. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Though both these plants such as American bittersweet vine (Celeastrus scandens) and bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) are having both a bitter and sweet tastes the former is called false bittersweet and the latter is called true bittersweet. If we go for the reason behind this, we will not be getting a satisfying answer because the classifiers seem to have simply named them so because of their properties. [/FONT]
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