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Little bittersweet with a big impact
The fact that the Swedish bitter today is often reduced to the role of a digestive liqueur after fatty meals hardly does the herbal drink justice, considering the traditional experience with its medicinal properties for a variety of ailments and diseases.
Recommendations from the “Old Manuscript” of Dr. Samst
The spread of their great healing power was due to the Swedish herbs in particular Maria Treben (1907-1991), who developed as a medical layperson to a respected herbalist and whose herbal primer "Health from God's Pharmacy" - translated into at least 18 languages - became a worldwide success. The recipe for the preparation of the "Little Sweden Bitter" is said to have originally been left to the estate of the Swedish doctor Dr. Samst come from, who - not least strengthened by his Swedish herbal health - died at the age of 104 in a riding accident.
The associated "Old Manuscript" is also handed down, which describes in 46 points the use of drops to cure many diseases. These include recommendations for internal and external use for pain of all kinds, for wound and scar healing, for women complaints, for the elimination of stomach and intestinal symptoms, colds, deafness, deafness, internal and external inflammatory processes and even serious infectious diseases (plague, leafing , Smallpox). Nerve-related symptoms such as tremors, paralysis and epilepsy should be cured as well as diseases of central organs (heart, liver, kidneys, lungs), depression and cancer.
"What is bitter in the mouth is healthy internally"
The little Swedish bitter contains eleven medicinal herbs, namely aloe (can be replaced by gentian root or wormwood powder), camphor, myrrh, saffron, senna leaves, theria root (bibernelle), rhubarb root, zittwer root, manna, boar root and angelica root.
The main effect of the mixture is certainly due to the bitter substances (Amara), which are contained in almost all ingredients. Bitter substances stimulate digestion by increasing the secretion of saliva, gastric juice, bile and pancreas via taste buds and vagus nerve, which initially has a symptomatic effect on relieving bloating, bloating and upper abdominal discomfort, but by improving the breakdown of the food and increasing absorption, the whole Optimized metabolic process and thus supports the self-healing powers of the entire organism. The blood flow to all organs is improved, the liver strengthened as a "poison control center". In addition to the digestive power, the Swedish herbs have other specific effects, some of which are given as examples, to do justice to the broad spectrum of action of the Swedish bitter.
Is the Swedish bitter more than the sum of his herbs?
Theriak is particularly valued for diseases of the upper respiratory tract, boar root is diaphoretic, the zittwer root relieves cramps and expels fungi from the intestine. The angelica root is also considered a diuretic bladder and kidney agent, while the aloe is dermatologically highly effective and can also activate antibodies, phagocytes and killer cells of our immune system. Manna and senna leaves soften the stool (beneficial for anal fissures) and laxative for persistent constipation. Natural camphor is said to have a regulating effect on states of psychological and organic hyperfunction and hypofunction, it is often used for shock, fainting, but also cardiovascular problems. Finally, saffron has a toning effect on the genital organs, relieves menstrual cramps and is considered an aphrodisiac in Ayurveda.
If you consider that the whole is always more than the sum of its parts, i.e. taking into account the mutually potentizing (scientifically not yet recorded) mode of action of the individual ingredients within a herbal mixture, it is not surprising that the little bitters of Sweden with surnames like " Universal drop ”and“ elixir of life ”is honored. (Dipl.Päd.Jeanette Viñals Stein, naturopath, 05.09.2016)
Treben, Maria: "Health from the pharmacy of God", Steyr 1996
"Naturopathic Practice", Edition 02/2009, "Phytotherapy"