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Recipes of traditional medicine: Beans

Historical background

Its homeland is Central and South America. During excavations in Peru, its seeds found among the monuments of pre-Inca culture. So, in the mouth of one of the mummies discovered seeds of beans and corn. Beans was introduced during the second voyage of Christopher Columbus. In Europe beans as a food plant appeared in the middle of the XVI century. Since it is known and its medicinal application, as there are instructions in all the herbals of the seventeenth century. In Russia, the bean is cultivated as a food plant, as well as Ukraine, Moldova, the Caucasus and Uzbekistan. In Russia the beans came from Poland in the early eighteenth century.

Medicinal Raw Material :

Botanical description.

Annual herbaceous shrub or climbing plant of the legume family. The leaves are alternate, trifoliate, long-petiolate. The flowers are white, pink or violet; grouped in a rare brush. The fruit is a pod. The pods are 8-18 cm long contain a variety of size and color of kidney-shaped seeds.

The place of growth.

Beans is an ancient culture. It is endemic in many countries of the world. The birthplace of the bean, probably, is South America, where from ancient times the native Americans.

The healing properties. Active ingredients:

Beans for protein composition is close to animal protein, and the quality is equivalent to dietary chicken eggs. In the beans is all neobhodimosti. It is rich in salts of phosphorus, iron and calcium, contains many vitamins. The content of copper and zinc is superior to most vegetables.


For purposes lekarstvennyh harvested the beans, deprived of their seed – husk. Raw material has anti-diabetic action. Green beans increases the secretion of gastric juice. Mashed beans – the dish diet for gastritis and liver disease. In folk medicine of different countries water infusion or decoction of pods is used in diseases of the kidneys and bladder, hypertension, heart failure, chronic rheumatism, gout. Decoction of dried flowers bean drink with kidney stones. In the popular use of flour from bean to powder various weeping eczema and skin rashes. In the Caucasus a decoction of dried bean is given to children from diarrhea.

For medical purposes use Pinto beans with straw-yellow seeds, which are harvested in September. Plant uproot and dry before full ripening in the sun. Due to optimum ratio of sodium and potassium in the granules (1:28) and pods (1:15) it promotes the excretion of fluids from the body, and has an unloading effect on the cardiovascular system. As a result, the extracts of seeds and the decoction of the pods, and bean soups are recommended for edema renal and cardiac origin, hypertension, rheumatism, kidney stones, gout, polinevrita. Beans increases the secretion of gastric juice. Soups and puree, it is used as a dietary meal with gastritis with decreased secretion, unstable chair.

Long bean pods are used in diabetes mellitus. The aqueous extract of the pods causes a decrease in the content of sugar in the blood by 30 — 40 percent for up to 10 hours. For the treatment of patients with mild forms of diabetes prepare a decoction of 20 g of crushed wings in 1 litre of water (boil for 3-4 hours). The resulting extract drink during the day. Sometimes for this purpose prepare charges of equal parts of wing beans, leaves, blueberries and nettles, adding one more piece of oat straw. A decoction is prepared by the conventional method and take 15 to 30 ml 3 to 4 times a day.

The beans contain significant amount of fiber and pectins that bind in the intestines of many toxic substances, salts of heavy metals, including radioactive elements, and facilitate their elimination from the body. Contained in the seeds potassium prevents the absorption of radioactive potassium. So bean dishes should be consumed by persons working in areas contaminated with radionuclides.

In some varieties of beans are agglutinins connection, participating in the development of immunity (immunity) to a number of infectious diseases (influenza, intestinal infections). In folk medicine bean flour is used in weeping eczema, nonhealing ulcers, festering wounds. Healing properties of beans due to the presence of substances with antimicrobial action.