Schidigera was used extensively by the Indians. They dried the fleshy fruits and ate them during the winter, and would also make a fermented drink from the fruits. Schidigera is one of nature’s best blood purifiers. It is loaded with Vitamin A, B2, and C, It is especially beneficial for arthritis and rheumatism. It is also good for migraine headaches, and inflammation (internal). It reduces cholesterol, and is good for Addison’s Disease. The Arthritic Society has written numerous articles ion the benefits of using Schidigera. Dr. Bingham - Orthopedic surgeon of Yorba, California says - “ It isn’t clear how the Schidigera extract benefits the arthritis sufferer. Some patients report they notice diminution of swelling and stiffness in the joints, those are patients that suffered from gastrointestinal disturbances associated with arthritis”. Dr. Berard A. Bellow, MD said - “ It is the opinion of the doctors who treated these patients with arthritis, that the Schidigera saponin does reduce the production of inflammatory toxins in the human alimentary canal and that this relieves the resulting physical stress problems. It is an effective agent in aiding waste breakdown in the body and thus relieving associated problems”. He continues by saying, “The desert schidigera saponin has proven to be a safe and effective food source extract in the overall management of the epidemic cases of arthritis.” In the world of medical progress it appears that this Indian healer, the desert schidigera saponin, may now have come of age.
Vitamins: A, B complex, C
Minerals: Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium and Silicon.
Dr. Leo Roy wrote an article on Schidigera which states:
One main active ingredient is the plant saponins. These are steroid (cortisone-like acting) substances: The saponins are cortisone precursors.
Its action takes place mostly in the intestinal tract. It could be considered as an intestinal soap or cleanser - - a wetting agent for intestinal flora.
• It helps form a protective coating on the intestinal walls.
• Helps eliminate pathogenic organisms. Destroys deadly viruses. Encourages growth of friendly bacteria.
• Helps conquer lower grade intestinal infections. Reduces inflammation and swelling.
• Reduces intestinal symptoms, and disorders.
• Decreases accumulation and growth of intestinal wastes in the colon. Beneficial in colitis, and diverticulitis.
• Dissolves out and eliminates intestinal mucus and the wastes on the intestinal lining.
• Relief of constipation, intermittent diarrhea, intestinal gas.
• The Schidigera root has a laxative and cleaning action in the bowels. This accelerates colon elimination.
• Relief of cramping and abdominal pains; often very rapid relief - - in minutes.
• Lessens soreness, stiffness and swelling of joints, in some arthritides - - at least those related to intestinal toxicity and putrefaction.
• Lessening of headaches - - migraine type.
• An effective treatment for sores, scabs, and skin rashes.
• Lowering of abnormal cholesterol.
• By its cortisone-like action it helps offset stresses.
• Widely used in sanitation plants to accelerate, by the action of its saponins, the breakdown of organic wastes.
• For some reason it helps some people to stop smoking.
• Used as a treatment for digestive and arthritic problems in dogs, horses, before humans.
• Saponins have a cleansing action on anything - acting as a detergent, just like a soap.
• It has a high content of Vitamin A and B complex, vitamins and some Vitamin C.
• It has a high content of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper.
• No unpleasant or harmful side effects.
Over 100 research institutes and universities in 14 different countries are involved with the still viable uses discovered by the ancients in their use of schidigera.
Dr. Robert Bingham, Journal of Applied Nutrition, Vol 27, # 2 - 3, Pg 45, 50, Fall 1975.
Shidigera- The food supplement that helps prevent and treat arthritis and high blood pressure Shideler Harpe, Arthritis News Today
Improvement in arthritis, 49% felt less pain, stiffness and swelling, the three major complaints of arthritics. This suggests that the normal intestinal flora of beneficial microscopic plant life may indeed be under stress in arthritis patients. The study concludes that schidigera extract benefits normal bacterial forms in the alimentary canal..
Researchers considered it important that”no allergic manifestations appeared”. This was not surprising, since schidigera has served as a food for thousands of years. This seems to confirm evidence that the active principle, schidigera saponin, is not absorbed into the blood but works within the small and large intestines. Its benefits are in the improvement and protection of intestinal flora rather than any direct action upon the arthritis.
Since the publication of his original report, Dr. Bingham has continued to use schidigera as a food supplement in the treatment of about 2,000 arthritis patients. Other physicians have added the schidigera extract to their treatment regimens. Dr. Paul Isaacson of Tucson, Arizona reports that the treatments are relieving the patient’s discomfort and sometimes the swelling. I would say that 90% of my patients have gotten relief to some degree... Dr. Robert Elliott of Woodland Hills, Ca says that “about 50% of my patients have gained some relief from arthritis symptoms while taking schidigera, and he noted that schidigera therapy seems to have a role in reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.
Dr. Bingham suggests that schidigera saponin may tend to break down the high molecular fats in foods whose absorption contributes to high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, hypertriglyceridemian, and hypercholesterolemia. One of the doctor’s most significant findings was that no patient on schidigera extract for 6 months or more continued to show an abnormally high blood pressure or excessive blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels. In other words, there were permanent benefits from the period of schidigera therapy.
Scientists tout the health benefits of Saponins Richard Lipkin, Science News, Vol. 148, 12/9/95
According to Dr. A. Venket Rao, a chemist at the University of Toronto in Ontario, many saponins have anticarcinogenic properties. “At the cellular level, we find that saponins inhibit the growth and viability of cancer cells,” he says. In animal studies, mice placed on saponin-enriched diets, then exposed to colon cancer carcinogens, show fewer incidents of cancerous and precancerous tumors than the controls do.
“We think that some of these agents may select cancer cells,” he says. “Cancer cells have a different membrane structure, with more cholesterol-like compounds.” he says. “Since saponins bind cholesterol, they have a natural affinity for cancer cell membranes.”