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WASABI

(Wasabia japonica)

Spicy decongestant and liver tonic




OTHER NAMES: Japanese Horseradish (interestingly, in Japan, Horseradish is called "Western Wasabi")

PARTS USED: Rhizome

USED IN: Immmune Dragon Super Brew

NOTES: Yup, this is the same stuff that gets served to you with your sushi. Looks like friendly green Play Dough, tastes like a pre-emptive thermonuclear strike on your tongue? That’s the one.

Wasabi paste is made from dried, ground-up Wasabi roots, mixed with a little water. (Although it’s often cut with cheaper mustard or domestic horseradish, and dyed neon green with food coloring). The roots themselves look like hairy little stunted green radishes. They are radishes, actually, which is to say they’re the roots of Brassica family plants – the same family that gives us broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts.

If you understand Horseradish as a medicine, it’s easy enough to grasp Wasabi. Wasabi is basically Horseradish on performance-enhancing drugs. [Note: this is an analogy, a figure of speech. In actuality, our Wasabi is organic, hormone-free, and as pure as the driven snow].

Like Horseradish, Wasabi is a very nice nasal and sinus decongestant – only more so. Like Horseradish, Wasabi upregulates phase I & II hepatic detoxification pathways – only more so. Like Horseradish, Wasabi supplies sulfur compounds that recycle the antioxidant capacity of the lungs and liver – only more so. And like Horseradish, Wasabi is spicy and warming and stimulating – only much more so. Its spicy and warming nature is useful to counteract the cooling nature of antiviral herbs like Andrographis, Lomatium, and Isatis.

Some very preliminary research has suggested that Wasabi may be of value in preventing and treating osteoporosis. In a test tube, it appears to prevent some of the cellular changes that can lead to cancer. (Then again, most herbs and spices do that...) Finally, in a mouse model of eczema, Wasabi was shown to help reduce the symptoms of the disease, when it was consumed at 10% of the total diet. Ouch!

SAFETY: It has become fashionable to attribute to any and all medicinal herbs a laundry list of side effects, including the real, the theoretical, and the purely imaginary. For instance, I recently read that Wasabi could cause “genital pain,” “lupus-like syndrome,” and had “the potential to trigger psychosis.” Also, that it was contraindicated with alcohol, caffeine, and tyramine-containing foods – in other words rice wine, green tea, and soy sauce – the Japanese culinary equivalent of saying that peanut butter is contraindicated with jelly.

I don’t even know where to begin with this. I mean, genital pain? Really? Well, maybe you just shouldn’t put it there.

Wasabi is safe.

DOSING: As much as you can handle

 

 


 
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