Facts About Foods And Their Medicinal Uses


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Friday, March 13, 2020


The banana is invaluable in inflammation of all kinds. For this reason it is very
useful in cases of typhoid fever, gastritis, peritonitis, etc., and may constitute the only food allowed for a time.

Not only does it actually subdue the inflammation of the intestines, but, in the
opinion of at least one authority, as it consists of 95 per cent. nutriment, it does
not possess sufficient waste matter to irritate the inflamed spots.
But great care should be taken in its administration. The banana should be
thoroughly sound and ripe, and all the stringy portion carefully removed. It
should then be mashed and beaten to a cream. In severe cases I think it is better
to give this neat, but if not liked by the patient a little lemon juice, well mixed in,
may render it more acceptable. It may also be taken with fresh cream.
A friend who has had a very wide experience in illness told me that she was once
hurriedly sent for at night to a girl suffering from peritonitis. Not knowing what
she might, or might not, find in the way of remedies when she arrived at her
destination, my friend took with her some strong barley water, bananas, and an
enema syringe. She found the girl lying across the bed screaming, obviously in
agony. First of all my friend administered a warm water enema. A pint of plain
warm water was injected first, and after this had come away as much warm
water as could be got in was injected and then allowed to come away. The object
of this was to thoroughly wash out the bowels. Then the barley water was
warmed, the bananas mashed, beaten to cream, and mixed in with the barley
water. A soothing nutrient lotion was thus prepared, and as much as the patient
could bear comfortably was injected in the bowel and retained as long as
possible. The effect was magical. The pain subsided, and the patient ultimately
In the absence of perfectly ripe bananas, baked bananas may be used. But,
although better than no fruit at all, cooked fruit is never so valuable as the fresh
fruit, if only the latter be perfectly ripe. Bananas should be baked in their skins,
and the stringy pieces carefully removed before eating. From twenty minutes to
half an hour's slow cooking is required.
Bananas are excellent food for anæmic persons on account of the iron they
contain. A very palatable way of taking them is with fresh orange juice.
A comparatively old-fashioned remedy, for sprained or bruised places that show
a tendency to become inflamed is to apply a plaster of banana skin.

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