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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.




ADZUKI BEAN
(Vigna angularis)
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RELATED SPECIES:
BLACK GRAM (Vigna mungo): In India, the seeds are eaten boiled, or baked into biscuits and breads. In Chinese medicine, the seeds are considered purgative and are used to treat dysentary, smallpox, urinary problems in the elderly and as an antidote to vegetable poisoning.
MUNG BEAN (Vigna radiata): Beans are popular for sprouting. In Chinese medicine the seeds are usted to treat a threated miscarriage.

USES

MEDICINAL:
In Chinese medicine the root is used as a dressing on abcesses.
The small dark red beans are prized by Oriental doctors for their medicinal value. Said to be useful in treating kidney ailments.

CULINARY:
Grown for food in the East. High in protein and a good source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and vitamin A. They are cooked by adding 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of water; cover and simmer for 60 minutes or till tender.




©2000 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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