The CASSIS (Ribes nigrum L.) Property Benefits and Indications

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THE CASSIS OR BIG BLACK (Ribes nigrum L.)

Where did he come from?

The cassis is a major plant of the therapeutic arsenal: it is also of daily use, handy and of perfect safety regardless of the age of the patient.It is a modern and very old plant, whose knowledge of medicinal properties was passed down from generation to generation.

The cassis is native to the mountainous regions of Eurasia, found spontaneously in northern and central Europe as well as in North Asia. We find blackcover in France especially in Burgundy, with varieties like “Giant of Boskoop” and “Black of Burgundy”.

Nowadays, we make renowned liqueurs with its fruits in the Gold Coast.

How can we describe it botanically?

Blackcurrant is, in short, a shrub about 1.5 m high, bushy, whose aromatic smell comes from small yellow resinous glands located under its leaves.They are deciduous, alternating, petioles, sorted or pentalobed, pubescent and pale underneath. They are harvested from May to July. Its berries are luscious, black-brilliant, gathered in dauful clusters.

What is it made of?

Blackcrow leaves are composed of flavonoids, pro-anthocyanidolic oligomers and other constituents including sabinene essential oils. While blackcover fruits are composed of carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin E, polyphenols, carotenoids and polysaccharides.

What are its main pharmacological properties?

Its anti-inflammatory activity complex dose dependent manifests 2 to 4 hours after the administration of the product and is explained by the prodelphinidines, by the anti-radical action, by its enzyme inhibitory action (lipo and cyclo-oxygenase, histidine-decirboxylase, elastase, collagenase, peroxydase, hyaluronidase, phosphodiesterase of the AMPc, aldolase-reductase), by stimulating the hydroxylation of the proline and inhibiting the pathway of arachidonic acid. Without an ulcerative effect, its effect is comparable to the reference NSAIDs (indomethacin and niflumic acid).

The cassis traps free radicals and opposes lipoperoxidation, by oligomer proanthocyanidines, the anti-inflammatory activity of proanthocyanidines is linked to inhibition of leukocyte infiltration, downward regulation of endothelial adhesion molecules, ICAM-1 and VCAM-1, these molecules being capable of modulating VEGF transcription induced by TNF alpha.

There is also salidiuretic, natriuretic and antihypertensive activity (1500 mg of dry leaves per kg).

An extract of wild blackcurrant leaves showed powerful antiviral properties against the influenza A virus, without inducing resistance, unlike amantadine.

Blackcurrant has a favourable effect on venous circulation, microcirculation and visual acuity.
Vitamin C-rich fruit juice is adaptogenic, so it helps to fight stress, and is also antiviral, antidiarrheal and anti-oxidant (by phenolic acids, flavonoids, carotenoids, flavonols, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanosides).

The fruit has antiviral properties in particular, the activity of berries in general (genus Vaccinium and Ribes) is correlated with their polyphenol content, which are one of the key factors in antiviral effects.
Blackcrow fruit extract is antiviral against respiratory syncytial virus, influenza A and B virus, adenovirus, herpes simplex 1 virus, etc.

What are the indications of Cassis?

  • Rheumatism and joint pain
  • Drop
  • Blood dyscrasia and high blood pressure
  • flu
  • Spasmodic cough
  • Gargarisms in the angina
  • Diarrhea
  • Immune support and convalescence
  • Preparing and recovering from physical activities
  • Elimination pathologies

What are the job precautions?

  • Under-indicated in pregnant or lactating women
  • Adult-only
  • Under-advised in cases of serious or kidney disease (edema)
  • Contrainsited in case of hypersensitivity to active substances

Are there risks of drug interactions?

Like all substances containing active ingredients, the risk of drug interactions should be taken into account.

As blackcanting is no exception to this rule, here is a list of drug interactions to consider:

  • Avoid in combination with synthetic diuretics and wearing the IUD
  • Seed oil should be avoided with anticoagulants, due to the presence of fatty acids (but only seed oil)

How to take it and at what dosage?

In masterful preparation

Here is the dosage of Fluid Extracts of Fresh Plants Standardized in Glycere solution (EPS):

1 to 2 càc/day – cures of 1 to 3 months

1 to 2 càc/day for 3 months

2 càc/day for 15 days renewable

2 càc/day for 15 days renewable

2 càc/day for 3 months renewable

  • Fatigue related to frustrated hypothyroidism, functional hypothyroidism: Cassis – Oats

1 to 2 càc/day for 1 month renewable

2 tbsp 1.5 l of water to drink during the day for 3 months renewable

1 tst/day during the risky period

  • Background treatment for rheumatoid arthritis joint and peri-articular: Cassis – Willow – Turmeric

1 to 2 càc/day for 3 months

Clementine. Mr.

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