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PFAF summary of cherries

Identifier

007267

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

You need to follow the link to get the implications of the cyanide content - it is not negative.

 

A description of the experience

Summary of medicinal properties from PFAF site

The fruit stalks are astringent, diuretic and tonic[4, 7, 238]. A decoction is used in the treatment of cystitis, oedema, bronchial complaints, looseness of the bowels and anaemia[4, 238]. An aromatic resin can be obtained by making small incisions in the trunk[7]. This has been used as an inhalant in the treatment of persistent coughs[7].

Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, all members of the genus contain amygdalin and prunasin, [in the seed principally] substances which break down in water to form hydrocyanic acid (cyanide or prussic acid). In small amounts this exceedingly poisonous compound stimulates respiration, improves digestion and gives a sense of well-being[238]. 

[4]Grieve. A Modern Herbal.

[7]Chiej. R. Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants.

[238] Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.

The source of the experience

Plants for a future

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Diarrhoea
Lung disease
Oedema

Suppressions

Cherries
Cyanide

Commonsteps

References