Tannins containing Plants & their Medicinal Applications:

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  • Tannins (commonly referred to as tannic acid) are water-soluble polyphenols that are present in many plant foods.
  • They have been reported to be responsible for decreases in feed intake, growth rate, feed efficiency, net metabolizable energy, and protein digestibility in experimental animals.
  • Therefore, foods rich in tannins are considered to be of low nutritional value. However, recent findings indicate that the major effect of tannins was not due to their inhibition on food consumption or digestion but rather the decreased efficiency in converting the absorbed nutrients to new body substances.
Herb (Botanical Name/Pinyin) Taste, Nature  

Applications

 

Acacia catechu gall bitter, astringent Neutral cough, red and white dysentery; topically for skin ulceration
Cedrela sinensis root bark 

(ercha)[catechugall],(chungenbaipi)

bitter,astringent Hematochezia, morbid leucorrhea, functional bleeding
Punica granatum rind(shiliupi)

[pomegranate]

astringent chronic diarrhea and dysentery, hematochezia, rectal prolapse, morbid leucorrhea
Quercus acutissima fruit
(xiangshi)
[acorn]
astringent mildly warm diarrhea, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoidal bleeding
Quercus infectoria gall
(moshizi)
[oak gallnut]
bitter, Hyperhidrosis, oral ulceration, leucorrhea, topically for skin lesions
Rhus semialata gall
(wubeizi)
[sumac gallnut]
sour, salty Cold cough, rectal prolapse, spontaneous sweating, night sweating, epistasis
Rosa laevigata fruit
(jinyingzi)
[rosehips]
sour, astringent Neutral enuresis, frequent urination, morbid leucorrhea, persistent diarrhea
Terminalia chebula fruit
(hezi)
[chebulic myrobalan]
bitter, sour Neutral chronic diarrhea and dysentery, rectal prolapse, aphonia due to longstanding cough, night sweating
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10 Ways To Live Longer

Want to Live Longer?

As we all know, “Death keeps no calendar” but the tragedy is directly proportional to the lifestyle. One should adopt certain ways in order to have a quality lifestyle which will increase the chances of living longer. Health is wealth, not investing your wealth on something that ensures good return would label us as “ignoramus”.

There are a number of ways for keeping yourself on the track of better lifestyle proceeding to a long and evergreen life, but here 10 major ways are being discussed. Failure to these will result in loss either in form of disease or may be death.

  1. Regular Exercise:

I am not talking about exercise but I am focusing on regular exercise. Exercise keeps your body well-balanced and perfect. Even walking is a form of simple exercise in which your body is in coordination mode.

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Exercise keeps you healthy and stress-free.
  1. Well Balanced Diet:

Limit yourself to a normal healthy and well balanced diet. Well balanced means you are fulfilling the demands/requirements of your body in form of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins etc. But you should monitor your dietary requirements according to your age. For example, you would likely restrict yourself from carbohydrates and fats to reduce the risks associated with these like Diabetes and Cholesterol problems at the age of 50 or >. Fruits and green vegetables (fresh) as well as nuts (having anti-ageing property) should be given priority.

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  1. Proper Sleep:

Proper sleep correlates the sleeping time and duration. As human body is just like a machine and it can’t bear tense conditions and burden so, needs rest for effective functioning. One should sleep at least 8-10 hours/day. Avoid using sleep pills or other ways that will ultimately affects your health.

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  1. Drink plenty of water:

Water is the major component of human body as it contains approx. 65-70% water. Like machine needing oil as lubricant, so as water serves for the human body, this tunes it up. Approx. 4 liters of water is needed for an adult to meet the body requirement.

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  1. Avoid Smoking:

Smoking is the hub of diseases. And the key to health is to avoid your body from these. As everybody knows that “smoking kills” then why do you desire to live longer? Isn’t the phrase itself says it all?

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Avoid smoking because “Smoking Kills”
  1. Regular Checkups:

Visit your doctor regularly for routine checkup. Checkup or visiting to a doctor is not confined to a disease-when symptoms appear you’ll go to the doctor. Regular monitor your body through regular clinical visits will keep you up-to-dated with your body condition.

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  1. Avoid drinking alcohol:

Alcohol makes you more prone to diseases. As it makes your immune system weaker with the time hence, your body is unable to trigger immune responses.

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  1. Avoid Stress:

Stress makes your body weaker. This will make you a better candidate to get sick as your immune system is being affected with stress and anxiety. Keep yourself cool and calm. Try to go out and relieve your stress by taking some fresh air or you may pass your time with close friend to relieve yourself.

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  1. Get busy:

Keep yourself busy in doing things like gardening, walking, workout, sports or cleaning etc. Sitting all day long is just bad for health. It’s a fact that you must keep yourself physically active as you grow older so that your body functions normally.

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  1. Stay happy and positive:

According to a 2014 study, “Finding a purpose in your life will help you live longer.” Try to set your own goals and struggle hard to achieve them, ultimately will make you happier.

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BE HAPPY, BE HEALTY!!

I personally recommend 27 Habits”

For Females: “Check this”

Abid Ali @abidaliphm

Doctor of Pharmacy