Hops - Uses and Benefits
Houblon, Humulus lupulus, Lupulin , Lupuli strobilus .
The hop ( Humulus Lupulus , Linn.) is a small genus of flowering plants ,deep-rooted to the temperate Northern Hemisphere . It is found in most countries of the North temperate zone.Its a hardy, perennial herb which gives annual vines from a permanent crown. Vines may mature up to 25 feet in a single season but will die back to the crown each fall. Hops are dioecious, which means they have separate male and female organs. Only the female produces the flowers that are used for brewing or medicinal purposes.The female blossoms, commonly known hops , are used as flavoring and stabilizers during beer brewing . Male plants have no market value, but are used to pollinate females. Pollination heighten production by increasing cone size and seed set.
Hop shoots mature very quickly and at the peak of growth can grow 20 to 50 cm per week. Hop bines typically reach between 2 - 15 m depending on what is available to grow on. The stem that arises from it every year is of a twining nature, reaching a great length, with a hard fibre, which has used in the manufacture of a coarse kind of cloth, white and durable. The bitterness of the hop is taken to balance the sweetness of the malt, and the essential oils add a taste which can't achieved by using any other plant.
Uses and Benefits
Hop are used as an external remedy in combination with chamomile flowers or poppy heads as a fomentation for swelling of a painful nature, inflammation, neuralgic & rheumatic pains, bruises, boils and gatherings. It ebb pain and allays inflammation in a very short time.
Dried female buds have a rich methylbutenol content, which has a mild sedative impact on the central nervous system . It is used as a tea too. Hops is used in the treatment for insomnia , stress and anxiety . Hop pillows give relaxation by working on the olfactory center and thus on the central nervous system through the limbic system.
Hops has been used with some success in the treatment of premature ejaculation and priapism. Recent scientific studies supporting the claims for its use in dysmenorrhoea and amenorrhoea as an anti-oxytocic property. Hops may also be used as a poultice. Its antibacterial qualities also stimulate gastric juice production.
Hop resins are made of two main acids includes alpha and beta acids. Alpha acids have a mild antibiotic effect against Gram-positive bacteria . Alcoholic extracts of hops show a strong spasmolytic property on smooth muscle and is efficacious in visceral tension such as in nervous colitis, nervous dyspepsia, palpitations, nervous or irritable coughs, and asthma.
Hops may produce drowsiness during the daytime and it may be show some allergic symptoms in persons who handle it regularly.
Hops is not prescribed for use during pregnancy & breast-feeding.
There may be some other side effects occur with hops such as nervousness, depression, and irregular menstrual cycles . Tell to doctor if individuals have side effects that think are produced by this plant.
Hops have some oestrogenic substances which may cause loss of libido in men.
If following symptoms occurs with hops such as chest pain, breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest, skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin . Stop taking the medicine right away and talk to your doctor promptly.
Hops may increase the effects of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy such as premarin, tamoxifen and raloxifene.
Hops may heighten the level of drowsiness produced by some drugs include benzodiazepines barbiturates, phenobarbital, narcotics, and alcohol.
Hops may disturb the levels in blood sugar . Caution is advised if individuals are also using prescription drugs that may reduce blood sugar levels.
Some hops preparations have high levels of alcohol and may produce vomiting when using with metronidazole or disulfiram .
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