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Occasion: Cleanse, On-the-mend
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Nourishes: Muscle, Red-Blood, Plasma
Effect: Ojas, Acidifying
Nutrient: Flavonoids, Insoluble-fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Selenium, Soluble-fiber, Zinc, Carbohydrate
Element: Earth, Fire
Moves energy: Outward
Serving Size: 1/4 c
Species: Fagopyrum esculentum
|Pharmacological Effects |
About Pharmacological EffectsThe list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Strengthening & CirculatingBuckwheat, a hardy & versatile plant, may be ideal for chronic weakness due low metabolism associated with aging. A lack of metabolic function is at the core of most chronic disorders. Buckwheat's warmth comes with an ample dose of earth element. It is ideal among metabolism building foods because it is nutritious and strengthening as well. Its high iron content makes it a good blood tonic while magnesium nourishes and relaxes the muscles. According to Paul Pitchford in Healing with Whole Foods, "Buckwheat strengthens capillaries and blood vessels, inhibits haemorrhages, reduces blood pressure and increases circulation to the hands and feet."
Warm Yourself from WithinBuckwheat's popularity in northern climates and high altitudes is a testimony to its warming qualities. However, its warmth is unlike ginger or black pepper, whose pungency fans the flames of metabolism quickly. Rather, it improves metabolism without over stimulating the body. In macrobiotic language, buckwheat "activates yang reserves" much like salt - supporting your body's sustainable energy from deep within. Its warmth also comes in handy for balancing cold conditions, such as Vata type diarrhea in the intestines or undigested food in the stools.
Dry Out Excess BaggageIt is unique to find a drying astringent that also heating, but we've found it in buckwheat. It is ideal for watery kapha dosha due to its diuretic ability to reduce water weight and dry up mucus in the respiratory tract. It lowers blood sugar levels and has even been used for lowering blood pressure. Several studies have also shown that buckwheat improves insulin uptake in cells, which may be useful in insulin resistant diabetes.
Narrow Your FocusBuckwheat is contracting according to macrobiotics - good for focused attention. Buckwheat's flavor, scent and qualities bring you right here, right now. Enough of other worries that cloud your mind - buckwheat will help you focus on what's really important.
The triangular shape of buckwheat and its hazel color make it resemble the nuts of the beech tree. This pseudo grain looks like rice, cooks like quinoa, but is really a fruit seed! Despite the name, buckwheat isn't related to wheat. Used as a grain or flour, the closest food relatives to this unique ingredient are rhubarb and sorrel.
|3+ bowel movements a day||Anemia|
|Anorexia, past or current||Cramping back of leg|
|Diarrhea||Diarrhea quickly after eating|
|Foot cramps||High Blood Pressure|
|High Blood Sugar||Muscle cramps|
|Pins and Needles Hands and Feet||Puffy / swollen skin|
|Slow, heavy digestion||Soft Stool|
|Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces||Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid|
|Tingling/Numbness||Tired after eating|
|Undigested food in stool||Water Retention|
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