About the chinese Luo Han Guo

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The Luo Han Guo is the result of Siraitia grosvenori, formerly known as Momordica grosvenori, a family member Curcubitaceae.

The Luohanguo was used as a medicinal plant in the treatment of cough and sore throat and is considered in southern China, it is a plant longevity.

It is grown in southern China, mainly in the province of Guangxi, in the mountains of Guilin. These steep mountains provide shade and are often surrounded by mists that protect further against the excesses of the sun, while the temperature is hot in this southern province.

The plant is rare in its wild form, Luohanguo is grown in the region for many years.

Knowing that fruit back in the 13th century. Under the Tang Dynasty, Guilin mountains were an area of important Buddhist retreat, with many temples. Guo is a term used to describe fruit-shaped gourd, and luohan qualifies senior Buddhist practitioners.

Through his growing areas limited natural (mainly mountainous parts of Guangxi and Guangdong, and to a much lesser extent, in the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi and Hainan Island), and the difficulty to grow successfully, this fruit has not entered the repertory of medicinal plants used traditionally in China, which notes the products more abundant.

It is not mentioned in guidebooks herbal.

About the chinese Luo Han Guo

From green when it is picked, Luohanguo becomes brown as it dries.

Its sweetness comes mainly from mogrosides, a group of terpenes glycosides.

In China, dried fruit can be purchased at markets. The outer surface of dried fruit is round and smooth, yellow-brown or green-brown pailletés. It is covered with a thin film. The shell is thin but resistant.

The interior is partially dry, a flexible substance contains the juice of fruit, and a large number of seeds. The skin, which is the juicy, and all seeds have a sweet taste.

The fruit helps to relieve sunburn, it acts on the mucous lung, eliminates glaires, stops coughing, and promotes the stool.

Recent work has been done on Luohanguo, including the study of the antioxidant action of mogrosides and their potential use in preventing degeneration of cells. These studies provide a better understanding of the effects of antioxidants can produce a significant reversal or eliminating the initial phase of the development of cancer, which is an area of particular interest for tea.

In addition, the sweetness of Luohanguo and its components is often mentioned in the treatment of diabetes and obesity, because it can replace the sugar calories normally consumed in food.

Use tips
. Heat with thirst: Take a piece of fruit, open and stir in the boiling water. Drinking as a tea.

. Inflammation of the throat, acute or chronic aphonie: take half a fruit

and 3 to 5 seeds sterculia. Cover with water and simmer, then slowly swallow.

. Chronic Cough: Take 1 piece of fruit, cover it with water, simmer,

drinking the liquid. twice a day.

. Constipation in the elderly: Take 2 pieces of fruit, keep only the juicy part and seeds (put aside the hull for other uses), cover with water and simmer. Drinking before going to bed.

. Diabetes: Take an appropriate measure of fruit, crush or simmer in a thick juice. Add the food being prepared, using it as substitute for sugar.