The avocado possesses virtues of
extraordinary character. For purity, wholesomeness, ease of digestibility
and adaptation to human needs, it has few rivals.
Digestive System Disorders
The avocado is an excellent food remedy in
acute digestive disorders. Its blandness is comforting to the
hypersensitive surfaces of the stomach and duodenum, and its abundant
vitamins reanimate the inflamed and crippled cells. The physicians in
China have, for centuries, prescribed the juice of this fruit for colic
and chills in the stomach. The Japanese employ the same remedy to treat
ulceration of the intestines.
The avocado is an efficient aid in changing
the intestinal flora to combat autointoxication, colitis, and biliousness.
In cases of hyperacidity with sour stomach, avocado and well ripened
papaya should be used as a staple diet. These two fruits are most
appropriate foods in cases of duodenitis and duodenal ulcer, because they
are bland or soothing to the sensitive membrane and pass quickly into the
The avocado is far superior to any mouth
lotion or remedies for bad breath. It effectively removes intestinal
putrefactions or decomposition which is the real cause of a coated tongue
and bad breath.
The avocado is especially useful as a staple
food in cases of Bright's disease because of its small protein content and
with none of the poisonous extractives present in the flesh of this fruit.
The oil of avocado is considered beneficial
in treatment of psoriasis. It should be applied gently to the affected
parts. It helps in taking the scales off.
As avocados become sour when cooked and
cannot successfully survive freezing, they should be eaten raw and as
fresh as possible. If they have to be kept for a short time, they should
be stored at room temperature and not in a refrigerator.