Seaweed has traditionally been consumed as food in a variety of ways: raw in salads and as a vegetable, pickle, with allspice sauce, or in vinegar, as a relish or sweetened jellies, and also cooked for vegetable soup. As an herbal medicine, seaweed was generally used for the production of traditional cosmetics, in the preparation of antipyretics, antiseptics, such as vermifuge and for the treatment of cough and for asthma, haemorrhoids, nosebleeds and boils, goitre and scrofula, stomach ailments and urinary. Seaweed has also been used in the traditional medicine of various cultures around the world for many centuries. For example, in traditional Chinese medicine, seaweed is used to treat conditions such as edema, inflammation, constipation and thyroid problems. In traditional Japanese medicine, seaweed is used to treat thyroid disease, as well as increase vitality and improve immunity. In traditional medicine, seaweed is often used to treat thyroid-related conditions such as goitre, a condition characterized by a swelling of the thyroid gland. This is because seaweed contains high levels of iodine, a mineral essential for thyroid function. However, it is important to remember that excess iodine can be harmful to health, so it is recommended that you consume seaweed in moderation. Seaweed is also used in traditional medicine to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and joint pain. This is because seaweed contains compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body. In addition, seaweed is also used as a tonic to increase vitality and improve immunity. Some cultures use seaweed topically, applying it directly to the skin to treat irritation and inflammation. Seaweed is also commonly used in traditional cooking, especially in countries with coastal cultures. Although modern science is still studying the health benefits of seaweed, traditional medicine has used these plants for many years and continues to do so today. However, it is important to remember that traditional medicine is not always based on scientific evidence, and that more research is needed to fully understand the health benefits and risks of using seaweed.
Audience Take Away Notes:
- Enumerate the different traditional uses of algae in terms of food and traditional medicine.
- It can enrich the knowledge of seaweed species useful in food and therapeutic uses.
- All this information will be useful for teaching and disseminating the use of algae in this area of knowledge.