Monday, April 26, 2010


I got this really good information on Lemon grass and cancer. Imagine what the Lemon grass essential oil can do. Would make a nice warm (not Hot) tea to drink and also get the benefits from it.

Fresh Lemon Grass Drink Causes Apoptosis to Cancer Cells - (apoptosis) noun: a type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself; a cell suicide mechanism that enables metazoans to control cell number and eliminate cells that threaten the animal's survival.

A drink with as little as one gram of lemon grass contains enough citral to prompt cancer cells to commit suicide in the test tube.

Israeli researchers find way to make cancer cells self-destruct - Ben Gurion University

At first, Benny Zabidov, an Israeli agriculturalist who grows greenhouses full of lush spices on a pastoral farm in Kfar Yedidya in the Sharon region, couldn't understand why so many cancer patients from around the country were showing up on his doorstep asking for fresh lemon grass. It turned out that their doctors had sent them. 'They had been told to drink eight glasses of hot water with fresh lemon grass steeped in it on the days that they went for their radiation and chemotherapy treatments,' Zabidov told ISRAEL21c. 'And this is the place you go to in Israel for fresh lemon grass.'

It all began when researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev discovered last year that the lemon aroma in herbs like lemon grass kills cancer cells in vitro, while leaving healthy cells unharmed. The research team was led by Dr. Rivka Ofir and Prof. Yakov Weinstein, incumbent of the Albert Katz Chair in Cell-Differentiatio n and Malignant Diseases, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at BGU.

Citral is the key component that gives the lemony aroma and taste in several herbal plants such as lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus), melissa (Melissa officinalis) and verbena (Verbena officinalis. )

According to Ofir, the study found that citral causes cancer cells to 'commit suicide: using apoptosis, a mechanism called programmed cell death.' A drink with as little as one gram of lemon grass contains enough citral to prompt the cancer cells to commit suicide in the test tube.

The BGU investigators checked the influence of the citral on cancerous cells by adding them to both cancerous cells and normal cells that were grown in a petri dish. The quantity added in the concentrate was equivalent to the amount contained in a cup of regular tea using one gram of lemon herbs in hot water. While the citral killed the cancerous cells, the normal cells remained unharmed.

The findings were published in the scientific journal Planta Medica, which highlights research on alternative and herbal remedies. Shortly afterwards, the discovery was featured in the popular Israeli press.

Why does it work? Nobody knows for certain, but the BGU scientists have a theory. 'In each cell in our body, there is a genetic program which causes programmed cell death. When something goes wrong, the cells divide with no control and become cancer cells. In normal cells, when the cell discovers that the control system is not operating correctly - for example, when it recognizes that a cell contains faulty genetic material following cell division - it triggers cell death,' explains Weinstein. 'This research may explain the medical benefit of these herbs.'

The success of their research led them to the conclusion that herbs containing citral may be consumed as a preventative measure against certain cancerous cells. As they learned of the BGU findings in the press, many physicians in Israel began to believe that while the research certainly needed to be explored further, in the meantime it would be advisable for their patients, who were looking for any possible tool to fight their condition, to try to harness the cancer-destroying properties of citral.

That's why Zabidov's farm - the only major grower of fresh lemon grass in Israel - has become a pilgrimage destination for these patients. Luckily, they found themselves in sympathetic hands. Zabidov greets visitors with a large kettle of aromatic lemon grass tea, a plate of cookies, and a supportive attitude. 'My father died of cancer, and my wife's sister died young because of cancer,' said Zabidov.

'So I understand what they are dealing with. And I may not know anything about medicine, but I'm a good listener. And so they tell me about their expensive painful treatments and what they've been through. I would never tell them to stop being treated, but it's great that they are exploring alternatives and drinking the lemon grass tea as well..'

Zabidov knew from a young age that agriculture was his calling. At age 14, he enrolled in the Kfar Hayarok Agricultural high school. After his army service, he joined an idealistic group which headed south, in the Arava desert region, to found a new moshav (agricultural settlement) called Tsofar. 'We were very successful; we raised fruits and vegetables, and,' he notes with a smile, 'We raised some very nice children.'

On a trip to Europe in the mid-80s, he began to become interested in herbs. Israel , at the time, was nothing like the trend-conscious cuisine-oriented country it is today, and the only spices being grown commercially were basics like parsley, dill, and coriander. Wandering in the Paris market, looking at the variety of herbs and spices, Zabidov realized that there was a great export potential in this niche. He brought samples back home with him, 'which was technically illegal,' he says with a guilty smile, to see how they would grow in his desert greenhouses. Soon, he was growing basil, oregano, tarragon, chives, sage, marjoram and melissa, and mint just to name a few.

His business began to outgrow his desert facilities, and so he decided to move north, settling in the moshav of Kfar Yedidya, an hour and a half north of Tel Aviv. He is now selling 'several hundred kilos' of lemon grass per week, and has signed with a distributor to package and put it in health food stores. Zabidov has taken it upon himself to learn more about the properties of citral, and help his customers learn more, and has invited medical experts to his farm to give lectures about how the citral works and why.

He also felt a responsibility to know what to tell his customers about its use. 'When I realized what was happening, I picked up the phone and called Dr. Weinstein at Ben-Gurion University , because these people were asking me exactly the best way to consume the citral. He said to put the loose grass in hot water, and drink about eight glasses each day.'

Zabidov is pleased by the findings, not simply because it means business for his farm, but because it might influence his own health. Even before the news of its benefits were demonstrated, he and his family had been drinking lemon grass in hot water for years, 'just because it tastes good.'

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cemperai mampu ubati ulser, sakit sendi

Cemperai, nama latinnya champeria griffithii, adalah sejenis pokok renik yang daun mudanya dijadikan bahan sayuran orang Melayu sejak zaman berzaman lagi. Ada juga yang menyebutnya sebagai ciprih atau cimpri. Cemperai merupakan sayuran tradisional yang amat digemari. Pucuk dan daun mudanya boleh dimasak lemak, masak manis atau dimasak mengikut resipi tradisional.

Selain sebagai sayuran, cemperai juga dikatakan baik untuk
mengubati ulser dan sakit sendi tulang.

Akar dan daunnya ditumbuk serta dibuat poltis untuk mengurangkan ulser. Air rebusan akarnya pula dapat mengubati sakit sendi tulang. Sayuran berkhasiat tinggi ini semakin hari semakin dilupakan. Kebanyakan generasi muda tidak lagi mengenali tanaman ini.

Pokok cemperai adalah jenis pokok renek dan pokok bersaiz kecil setinggi empat meter. Daunnya ovat, bujur atau lanseolat berukuran 4 – 20 sentimeter (sm) panjang dan 2 – 10 sm lebar. Infloresennya panikel dengan bunga yang berwarna kehijauan. Buahnya drup, elipsoid, 1 – 1.5 sm panjang dan 0.5 – 1 sm lebar, berwarna kuning limau dan kemerahan apabila masak.

Menurut pengalaman
Tn Idris Ismail Talu dengan pucuk cemperai, ada dua jenis cemperai yang agak ketara, pertama yang daunnya berwarna hijau tua dan agak bulat bentuk daunnya, sementara yang satu jenis lagi agak keperangan warna daunnya dan berbentuk lebih panjang atau lonjong. Di Kuala Lipis dalam tahun 1970-an, ramai penduduk kampong menanam cemperai untuk dijadikan turus pagar. Batang cemperai bertindak sebagai turus pagar dan daunnya dijadikan sayur. Buahnya yang muda, berbentuk bundar itu juga boleh dijadikan sayur.

Pucuk cemperai sesuai kegemaran orang Jawa. Cemperai juga boleh dimasak manis bersama ikan bilis dan isi keledek manis seperti sayur beningdimasak lemak dengan cendawan sisir dan dicampur dengan udang kering. Di sesetengah tempat cemperai dibuat ulam mentah dimakan bersama sambal kelapa.

jika dimakan mentah begitu seseorang itu boleh kekal awet muda!

Pokok cemperai jarang ditanam dan kebanyakan tumbuh liar di hutan. Di kampung pokok ini ditanam di sekitar rumah untuk keperluan dapur. Pokok ini mudah dibiakkan dengan menyemai bijinya atau dengan keratan batang. Biji daripada buah yang cukup masak disemai dalam kotak semaian yang diisi dengan pasir yang bersih.

Anak pokok yang baik percambahannya dipindahkan ke dalam karung plastik yang diisi dengan tanah hutan dan kemudian diletakkan di bawah pokok atau di tempat redup. Apabila anak pokok ini mencapai ketinggian satu meter atau lebih, barulah ditanam ke tanah. Pokok ini boleh juga dibiakkan dengan keratan batang. Batang atau ranting berukuran 1 – 1.5 meter di tanam terus ke tanah. Batangnya juga boleh dibuat turus pagar untuk terus hidup.

Pokok ini tidak memerlukan penjagaan yang rapi tetapi memerlukan tanah agak subur dan mendapat sedikit lindungan cahaya matahari.Pucuk cemperai mengandungi khasiat makanan yang tinggi. Setiap 100 g pucuk cemperai mengandungi :

  • air 72.0 g,
  • protein 7.0 g,
  • lemak 0.4 g,
  • karbohidrat 14.0 g,
  • serat 4.7 g,
  • kalsium 120 mg,
  • fosforus 72 mg,
  • ferum 1.9 mg,
  • natrium 8 mg,
  • kalium 557 mg,
  • karotena 2260 ug,
  • Vitamin A 377 ug,
  • vitamin B 1 0.1 mg,
  • vitamin B 2 0.42 mg,
  • niasi 0.7 mg,
  • vitamin C 63.8 mg
Sumber : BHarian dan Tn Idris Ismail Talu

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