Watercress: A Complementary Medicine

Using natural herbs and plants to treat ailments has been practiced by humans since ancient times.  The same goes for watercress.  This aquatic herb has been used as a complementary medicine not just to remedy ailments but also to remove toxins from the body.

Watercress is very nutritious and can be ingested or applied topically.

When eaten, either raw in salads or cooked in dishes, watercress promotes appetite.  But you do not have to worry about gaining weight because this herb is very low on calories.  It actually aids in weight loss and is typically included in the diet of people who want to shred off a few pounds.

Watercress is also diuretic so it help reduce the body’s water retention abilities.  It fights rheumatism, gall bladder and digestive problems and clears the lungs of phlegm and impurities.

But this does not mean though, that one should eat watercress alone and avoid other vegetables – or that one should stop taking medication and replace it with watercress.  It can be used along with mainstream medication to treat certain ailments to speed up healing ore recovery.

Aside from taking it internally, watercress can also be applied to the skin like lotion.  The leaves of its juice can be rubbed on the skin to remove spots, blemishes, reduce oil, eczema and freckles and clear acne and dermatitis.

Watercress juice can also be applied to the scalp to prevent hair loss and encourage hair growth.  You can eat watercress even if you are with or without these conditions.  However, take note not to overingest watercress as doing so might lead to stomach upsets.

It also not advisable to get watercress from the wild because the water where it comes from might be polluted and  full of pathogenic organisms.