This bushy herb with dark green leaves on the upper side with a grayish-purple hue on the underside grows anywhere between three to five feet in height. The flowers on this plant range from a pure white shade to a yellow shade and can be found growing in clusters. This perennial plant can be found blooming almost all through the year. In Mexico, it is believed that this plant was often used to treat arthritis and was frequently added to baths in order to provide some form of relief to aching joints.
Prodigiosa has three major medicinal uses:
First, it helps lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes (insulin-resistant adult onset type).* For this purpose, a cup of tea taken once in the morning, and again in the afternoon, helps to control elevated blood sugars (along with dietary changes).
Second, and more important for my use, Prodigiosa helps to improve the quantity and quality of the hydrochloric acid secretions in the stomach, most probably due to its bitter taste. Bitter foods are well-known to help improve the function of the digestive system by increasing secretions of bile and stomach acids.*
The third use is related to number two. Prodigiosa helps improve bile synthesis in the liver and improves the evacuation of bile from the gall bladder. This is a good thing for people who are beginning to have the first symptoms of gall stones or have had a diagnosis of small gall stones. The regular improved flow of dilute bile will, in many instances, begin to dissolve the stones which have already formed.*
In any event, the constant flow of bile through the gall bladder can help prevent the formation of gall stones, which occur most with impaired or sluggish liver metabolism and irregular gall bladder evacuation. The avoidance of bitter foods or herbs as a regular part of the dietary intake (which would normally stimulate the regular bile evacuation) is one of the primary reasons for this particular health scenario.
This pattern of irregular gall bladder evacuation allows the bile to sit for some time in the gall bladder before being evacuated into the small intestine. While the bile sits in the gall bladder, water is drawn away from it and recycled back into the body. This is a normal function of the gall bladder. As a result the bile becomes so concentrated that the dissolved substances within it begin to stick together and precipitate out of solution. This forms the first “seeds” for gall stone formation. So, the suggestion for gall stones is to eat bitter things or take bitter extracts regularly.
I recommend Evergreen Herbs as the brand to purchase for your prodgiosa needs.