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Horseradish

Also indexed as:Cochlearia armoracia
Horseradish: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Cochlearia armoracia

Parts Used & Where Grown

Horseradish likely originated in Eastern Europe, but today it is cultivated worldwide. The root is used as both food and medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Bronchitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Horseradish contains antibacterial substances and has mucus-clearing properties that are beneficial for people with bronchitis.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Horseradish has antibiotic properties, which may account for its usefulness in easing throat and upper respiratory tract infections.
Sinusitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Horseradish is an herb used traditionally as a mucus-dissolver.
Urinary Tract Infection
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The volatile oil of horseradish has been shown to kill bacteria that can cause UTIs.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Horseradish, known for its pungent taste, has been used as a medicine and condiment for centuries in Europe. Its name is derived from the common practice of naming a food according to its similarity with another food (horseradish was considered a rough substitute for radishes).

Horseradish was utilized both internally and externally by European herbalists. Applied to the skin, it causes reddening and was used on arthritic joints or irritated nerves. Internally, it was considered to be a diuretic and was used by herbalists to treat kidney stones or edema. It was also recommended as a digestive stimulant and to treat worms, coughs, and sore throats.1

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