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Recommended for the following patterns:
Food Stagnation

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Eastern Health Description

Pineapple is neutral in temperature and has sweet-and-sour flavor. In Chinese Medicine it is used to remove summer heat. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelin which increases digestive ability and destroys worms. This thirst-quenching fruit is also a diuretic, treats sunstroke, indigestion, anorexia, diarrhea, and edema. Pineapples should be ripe, very sweet, juicy, and not acidic. Underripe pineapple is very acidic and can damage teeth.
Caution: Not to be used by those with peptic ulcers or skin discharges

Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods. CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002.

Western Health Description

Pineapple cools the blood and help the skin retain youthfulness. Pineapple is antibacterial, antiviral, demulcent, diuretic, and mildly phytoestrogenic.

Pineapple is used to treat angina, arthritis, blood clots, bronchitis, catarrh, constipation, diphtheria, dyspepsia, edema, goiter, hypertension, indigestion, excess menses, multiple sclerosis, obesity, sinusitis, sore throat, sunstroke, tumors, and expel intestinal worms.

It is used to promote bone density and speed healing after an injury (athletic or otherwise). Use in fevers with sweating and much heat.

Pineapple contains bromelain, which is a protein-digesting enzyme and a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It is believed that bromelain blocks inflammatory causing prostaglandins and inhibits blood platelet aggregation.

Pineapple is rich in beta-carotene, B complex, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium,
carbohydrates, and fiber.

It is used topically to relieve swellings and speed tissue healing.
A small amount can be used to wash the face instead of soap.

When selecting a fruit, look for a fragrant aroma, light yellow or white flesh, and heaviness for its size. If the top center leaf easily pulls out, it is another sign of ripeness. Cut out the "eyes", but the core can be eaten. Under ripe pineapple is too acidic for the teeth and stomach.

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