Japanese knotweed—often just referred to as "knotweed"—is an invasive plant that makes enemies of gardeners, but it has plenty of fans in the natural health world. That's in part because knotweed is the #1 plant source of resveratrol, the antioxidant found in grapes and, famously, red wine. Resveratrol helps regulate the immune system, but you don’t have to sip a Merlot to get your dose of it; a knotweed supplement is the perfect alternative. In addition to packing a resveratrol punch, knotweed has other health benefits, too: In traditional Chinese medicine it’s been used to boost general wellness and treat bronchitis, cough, gingivitis, and inflammation of the mouth and pharynx. It also supports the treatment of pulmonary diseases, skin disorders, and tuberculosis, and acts as a diuretic. One type of knotweed root is even listed in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia!
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Nature of Healing: Japanese Knotweed and Lyme Disease, Part II with Herbalist Jean Schneider
Hello Healers, Learn more about Lyme disease and the natural plant healers, in Part II of a discussion with herbalist, Jean Schneider. Jean healed from a severe infection of Lyme disease using herbalism and now helps others heal from Lyme and autoimmune illnesses, using the plants of Nature, including one of her favorites Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum). In Part I, Jean mentioned that the spread of this plant has followed the same trajectory as the epidemic of Lyme Disease. There are now more than 2 million new cases of Lyme a year. Jean asks what if we had been eating this plant when it came to the West, as Asian cultures had been doing, to prevent the damage of Lyme?
Plantarama: Eating Japanese Knotweed, Some Must-Plant Vegetables, and Mandevilla Vine
In this Plantrama episode we talk about eating the invasive Japanese knotweed, three of C.L.’s must-plant vegetable varieties, growing Mandevilla vine and poison green potatoes. :32 What’s For Dinner: Foraged Japanese knotweed. 5:10 Insider Information: Three of C.L.’s must-grow vegetables: Black Beauty Eggplant, Chinese Red Noodle Beans, Bright Lights Chard 11:12 Eat/Drink/Grow: Mandevilla Vine – why you want to grow this tropical vine, which varieties to look for, and whether it is worth keeping it over the winter. 20:18 Love Letters and Questions: Mandy asks why it’s bad to eat green potatoes, and how to prevent the ones she grows from turning green again.