Roots (and occasionally young leaves) widely eaten as spice (as pickle, potherb, or salad ingredient); sliced roots cooked and eaten like parsnips (FAC; TAN), 2-4 g fresh root before meals (CAN); 1-2 drachms grated root (FEL); 20 g fresh root (KOM); 1-2 Tbsp fresh root (PED); 1.5-3 g dry root (PED); 2 g dry root: 10 ml alcohol/10 ml water (PED); 0.5-1 tsp root 3 x/day (SKY); 2-3 ml tincture 3 x/day (SKY).
• Hoosiers apply bruised leaves to the forehead for headache, and the stomach for stomachache (HOO).
• Hoosiers apply leaves wet with vinegar to abrasions, bruises, sprains, and wounds (HOO).
• Hoosiers take sweetened vinegar decoction of horseradish for hoarseness (HOO).
• Hoosiers wash freckles regularly with a sour milk infusion (5 hours) of grated horseradish (HOO).
• Hoosiers sniff powdered root for nosebleed (Tyler strongly discourages such) (HOO). Downsides (Horseradish):
Class 2d. Contraindicated with gastrosis or GI mucososis, and nephrosis. Not for children under 4 years old (AHPA, 1997; AEH; KOM). No health hazards or side effects known in conjunction with proper therapeutic dosages (PH2). Newall, Anderson, and Phillipson (1996) caution that glucosino-lates are allergenic and an irritant. Because of the irritant oil, excessive ingestion should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation. May depress thyroid function, an action "common to all members of the cabbage and mustard family." "The oil is one of the most hazardous of all essential oils and is not recommended for either external or internal use" (CAN). Excessive doses may lead to diarrhea or night sweats. "One case of a heart attack has been recorded — the patient survived" (TAD).
Horseradish peroxidase hypotensive (ivn cat) stimulates arachidonic acid metabolites (CAN). Germans have a commercial preparation (Angocin Anti-Infekt N), mixing shoots of Tropaeolum major and roots of horseradish. It is used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. The volatile mustard oils are activated in the GI tract after ingestion. Both oils have antibacterial activity. (Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pyogenes, methicillin-susceptible [MSSA] and -resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]). Combining the two herbs led to synergy against Pseudomonas (X17260672).
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