Cherries have a long history in their use as a medicine. Their healing properties have been known by indigenous North Americans, Europeans and Chinese. The nutritional content of the juicy fruit includes beta- carotene, vitamins B1,2,3 and C. Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Fructose and Fruit acids.

Cherries have recently won fame after scientific research confirmed what traditional medicine has know for a while: Consuming the fruit is an effective treatment for gout, a painful inflammation of joints. Gout is caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, causing pain, commonly in the toes. In a controlled trial it was found that the consumption of about half a kilo of fresh cherries or their equivalent in cherry juice removes urate, a precursor of uric acid, from the blood via urination.

In traditional Chinese Medicine cherries have been known for their healing properties since ancient times. It is classified as a warm and sweet substance with a strengthening and moistening effect especially on stomach, spleen, liver and kidneys. Its energetic direction is said to be upwards by the chinese.

Cherries are used in various preparations: Decoctions (boiled in water), Tincture (alcoholic extraction), medicinal wine. Raw cherries are used as remedy for weakness in the stomach with exhaustion and lack of appetite, especially when paired with dryness of mouth and skin (Yin deficiency). For weakness and numbness of limbs, knees and hips take 150ml cherry decoction three times daily. A decoction of cherries is prepared by simmering 500 grams of cherries in 600ml water for 45minutes. The fluid is drunk warm on an empty stomach 30minutes before food. In traditional Chinese medicine, cherry juice is used in the treatment of weak muscles, tendons and bones and restricted joint mobility, in accordance with kidney and liver weakness in Chinese medicine.

The juice is also recommended in the treatment of vertigo, dizziness, forgetfulness, heart palpitations, insomnia, restlessness and anaemia during pregnancy. This is a disease pattern named blood deficiency in Chinese medicine. Cherry -medicine is not recommended in conditions with strong heat signs however, such as fever or feelings of strong heat.

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