The help that man needs to cure his ailments and diseases can also be found in simple field herbs. Among the humble stubble, among the forgotten wild plants, nature hides its best remedies for the well-being and health of individuals. Almost all medicinal plants act on the kidneys, since the diuretic action enhanced by the water contained in herbal teas produces a significant increase in the amount of urine. The alkechengi is extremely diuretic, this property facilitates the elimination of waste substances, contributing to the cleansing of the blood and the purification of the whole organism. Uric acid and urea are among the most toxic substances that our intestine continuously produces and which must be eliminated by means of urine. The plants that facilitate the elimination of these residues of the metabolism are numerous and very effective, because they increase the solubility of the mineral salts by hindering the formation of urinary stones. The alkechengi is able to dissolve urinary stones if they form and not only, in addition to the waste substances, the urine also conveys the active ingredients of this plant, which possessing an antiseptic action combats infections of the entire urinary tract.
The physalis alkekengi and the physalis peruviana
The physalis genus is very large and includes more than 80 species native to Europe, Asia and the American continent. All are part of the large Solanaceae family and are therefore closely related to tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and potatoes.
In our country the most common are some varieties cultivated purely for decorative purposes of physalis alkekengi. In autumn they bear spectacular fruit and are suitable for drying and creating compositions for home decoration, to be displayed during the winter months. Their fruits, however, have a very acidic taste and, although they are edible, they are very unpleasant.
Instead, another species is cultivated for this purpose, physalis peruviana. The crop cycle is very similar to that of tomatoes. The "lanterns" it produces do not take on spectacular colors, but the fruit contained is much sweeter and for this reason it is highly sought after by the confectionery industry.
Both products are valuable from a health point of view because they are an excellent source of vitamins.