whether bilberry served as an inspiration to Hippocrates when he proclaimed,
“let your food be your medicine.” After all, this wonderful berry not
only makes delicious jams, pies and syrups but also is an important
member of the herbal pharmacy.
further appreciation of its health benefits, it is possible to study
bilberry (as well as other herbs) through the lens of herbal astrology
in order to more clearly perceive how this botanical remedy may nurture
health and well-being.
is governed by the planet Jupiter, which rules the sign
Sagittarius and co-rules the sign Pisces. The astrological energy of Jupiter is
like a shining spotlight that illuminates everything around you. In
doing so, it expands your boundaries and inspires adventures of exploration
whose goals are learning and understanding.
astrology, Jupiter rules the arterial portion of the circulatory system
as well as the liver. It is also related to the processes of growth
and expansion occurring in the body. As Jupiter has an affinity for
movement, it is thought to play a significant role in enhancing the
flow of the vital force throughout the body.
and its Components
the fruit and leaves of bilberry were traditionally used for their healing
properties, the fruit has become more popular in modern day healthcare
applications. The bilberry fruit resembles a currant in size, and possesses
a gleaming, Jupiterian purplish hue. Its color comes from its anythocyanidin
pigments, which confer important wellness-promoting properties. Bilberry’s
phytochemical palette also includes flavonoids and tannins.
and Vascular Health
spectrum of flavonoids supports the health of the Jupiter-associated
vascular (blood vessel) system. These phytochemicals have been shown
to inhibit the aggregation, or clumping together, of blood platelets.
The flavonoids also bestow vascular protection by strengthening tiny
blood vessels (capillaries) that oftentimes become fragile with aging.
its ability to fortify the capillaries, bilberry has been shown to have
positive effects in treating symptoms associated with varicose veins.
In clinical studies, patients who took bilberry reported a reduction
in the feelings of heaviness, pain and burning in their legs. As our
legs provide us with the ability to move from place to place, and Jupiter
governs locomotive action, we see how Jupiter-ruled bilberry can positively
affect the health of body parts associated with this important planet.
and Eye Health
a growing body of research supporting the positive effect that bilberry
can have on eye health. Modern scientific research on bilberry and eye
health can be traced back to World War II Royal Air Force pilots. Pilots
who consumed bilberry jam during nighttime air raids claimed that it
improved their nocturnal vision. The experiences of these pilots, who
benefited from Jupiter-ruled bilberry during Jupiter-ruled travel journeys,
encouraged twentieth century researchers to investigate its effects
on vision health.
may benefit the eyes through a variety of different mechanisms. It seems
to positively affect nighttime vision through its ability to regenerate
rhodopsin (visual purple), a compound that helps the eyes to adapt to
light and dark. Bilberry also possesses antioxidant activity thought
to be even greater than vitamin C or vitamin E, and therefore may protect
the eyes from structural and functional damage caused by free radicals.
Bilberry is widely used in Europe to prevent and treat such ocular conditions
as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and
impaired nighttime vision.
Uses of Bilberry
is also used to treat acute diarrhea, mild mouth ulcerations and inflamed
sore throats. These uses are approved by the German Commission E. It
is thought that bilberry exerts these beneficial effects because it
is naturally rich in tannins and possesses astringent properties, a
traditional hallmark of many Jupiter-ruled plants.
to Use Bilberry
is available in a variety of forms, including capsules, tinctures, tea
and fresh berries. If choosing a capsule form, it is recommended to
use one that features an extract standardized to contain 25 percent
anythocyanoside content; the suggested dosage level is 120-480 milligrams
per day, taken in divided doses. If you prefer to use a liquid tincture,
the suggested dose is one to two milliliters two times per day. To make
a tea, take five to ten grams of crushed ripe fruit and boil it in 150
milliliters of water for ten minutes. You can drink up to six cups per
day. For sore throats and mouth ulcers, you can use the tea as a gargle.
amounts, bilberry fruit seems safe and effective. The German Commission
E Monograph on bilberry fruit lists no known contraindication or side
It is important
to always consult a licensed healthcare provider if you are thinking
of using bilberry or other dietary supplements to treat any health condition.
Additionally, you should tell your healthcare provider about all of
the dietary supplements that you are taking so that s/he can evaluate
any potential drug-supplement interactions.
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