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wildcrafting :: elderberry

In daily walks, I have discovered a cache of a giant elderberry bush (sambucus) completely dripping with the glorious medicinal berry.

If I send a nice note and ask pretty please, I am hoping that said neighbor will allow a harvesting of this purple prize!

Here is the 411 on the super berry:

Black elderberry has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Sambucus nigra may be an effective treatment for H1N1 flu. A 1995 study found: "A complete cure was achieved within 2 to 3 days in nearly 90% of the SAM-treated group and within at least 6 days in the placebo group. No satisfactory medication to cure influenza type A and B is available. Considering the efficacy of the extract in vitro on all strains of influenza virus tested, the clinical results, its low cost, and absence of side-effects, this preparation could offer a possibility for safe treatment for influenza A and B." A small study published in 2004 showed that 93% of flu patients given elderberry extract were completely symptom-free within two days; those taking a placebo recovered in about six days. A 2009 study found that the H1N1 inhibition activities of the elderberry flavonoids compare favorably to the known anti-influenza activities of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and Amantadine. A 2004 study found that symptoms of influenza A and B virus infections were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. The study stated, "Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.

Keep you all posted with what I make out of them if they like my sweet note. I am thinking elderberry syrup!


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