This leafy herb is so common to our western diets that it is often dismissed and forgotten as just another nicety. A mere garnish, a decoration, for it's pretty colour. Needless to say, it is frequently left there and wasted but this article hopes to explain that it is very, very good for us in many ways.
Parsley is the popular name for the Petroselinum genus from family Apiaceae that contains over 30 varieties. Only three of them are in common use: the flat leaf variety pictured to the left, also known as Italian parsley (Petroselinum neapolitanum), the curly leaf variety (Petroselinum crispum) and the Hamburg parsley (Petroselinum crispum) which is grown for it's roots, but is not common in Australia. The flat leaved Italian variety has the strongest flavour. It is a biannual plant with small green leaves with three lobes. Parsley is a native of Southern Europe of the "Meditteranean Diet" fame.
Just note that parsley is best eaten raw as cooking it destroys the heat sensitive mineral potassium.
From a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) point of view, parsley helps us deal with damp. Damp is a condition where internal fluids are acumulating and not being properly transformed and transported out of the body. It (damp) easily combines with heat or cold giving hot flushes or cold extremeties and weak energy levels giving into lethargic responses. Ever feel like your arms are made out of lead?
If you are suffering nutrient deficiencies then you have to ask yourself the all-important question, no not "soldier on" but why? What is happening to stop your body from absorbing nutrients from food? Using Chinese medicine, I look deeply to examine your symptoms, energetic relationships within your body as well as emotional effects on you, and treat these appropriately. This is by definition Holistic Therapy. Shiatsu and the wider Asian medicines are amazing therapies for delivering quality care to you.
To your health!
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Footnotes and references:
(3) Reduces turmor size - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25738871
(4) Acts to prevent skin cancer - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4014640/
(5) Study on Vit K's 22% reduction in bone fractures https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5413254/
(6) Decreases blood glucose levels - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453012000031
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