In addition to being a tasty and nutritious
food, grapes can provide wonderful therapeutic
benefits. Grapes are rich in phosphorous, potassium,
and vitamin A. Grapes contain polyphenol,
a heart-protective chemical.
Grape seed extract, a currently popular herbal
treatment thought to improve vision by increasing
blood flow in the eye's capillaries, is touted by
alternative medicine practitioners as a treatment
for macular degeneration and cataracts.
Cayce's Grape Therapy
Concord grape juice was suggested by Cayce as a dietary
supplement to aid in reducing weight in cases of obesity. Grape
monodieting was also sometimes recommended for internal
Edgar Cayce sometimes prescribed grape therapy for abdominal
discomfort associated with bowel disease (see companion article).
In such cases, Cayce often recommended that Concord variety
grapes be eaten, drunk as juice, and used in abdominal poultices.
Although he never prescribed grape seed extract, he insisted
that the grapes contain the seed. He said the action of the
tartaric acid in the seed is desirable.
The regimen for grape therapy in colitis varies depending
upon the condition of the individual. Including quantities of
grapes and grape juice in the diet is encouraged. The grape poultice
should be used at least once each week. For acute conditions,
the poultice may be used almost continuously until relief is
achieved. Here are some tips for making the grape poultice:
- Use Concord variety grapes with seeds.
- Crush the grapes and use the hull and pulp.
- Place about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of grape hull and pulp between
layers of gauze.
- Use the poultice over the whole abdomen from the stomach
to the caecum.
- Leave the poultice on until it is dry and warm.