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photo  Ever since the ancient times in China, kelp has been considered an elixir of longevity because it is rich in iodine and potassium that can help treat goiter and prevent high blood pressure. In fact, Digenea simplex Agardh is often used as an ascaricide for children. In recent years, some research studies have shown that algae can reduce fever, diminish inflammation, prevent cancer and thrombus. It has been proven that algae have antibacterial, ecbolic, hemostatic and diuretic properties. Phycolloids extracted from algae is often used to treat injuries. It is also an ingredient in medicines used to treat ulcer, to help enhance the formation of connective tissue, to treat hemostasia, to help lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
The following table lists various algae used in medicine and their respective uses (Reference: Compendium of Materia Medica):
Phyllun genus Use
Chlorophyta Enteromorpha Can be used to treat hemorrhoids, parasitic disease, goiter, asthma, coughing and bronchitis; they reduce fever and ease pain
Ulva Can be used to treat goiter; reduce fever, ease pain, induce urination
Codium Can be used to treat urinary diseases, treat edema, expel ascarid; is an ecbolic
Acetabularia Can be used to treat urinary diseases and edema
Phaeophyta Ishige Can be used to treat cervical lymphadenitis, to diminish inflammation and to induce urination
Laminaria Can be used to treat goiter, urinary diseases; is an ecbolic; contains iodine and potassium
Endarachne Can be used to treat urinary diseases, edema, gastric diseases and hemorrhoids
Sargassum Can be used to treat cervical lymphadenitis, edema; diminishes inflammation; reduces fever; induces urination; contains iodine and potassium
Rhodophyta Porphyra Can be used to treat goiter, bronchitis, tonsillitis and cough
Gelidium Laxative; can be used to treat tracheitis, gastric diseases and hemorrhoids; can be used to extract agar
Pterocladiella Laxative; can be used to treat tracheitis, gastric disease and hemorrhoids; can be used as an agar extract; can be used to make coating for pills
Eucheuma Can be used to treat goiter, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, cough, gastric diseases and hemorrhoids
Corallina Marl, parasiticide
Gracilaria Can be used to treat goiter, edema, urinary diseases, can prevent ulcer; can be used to as an agar extract and make coating for pills
Hypnea Can be used to treat bronchitis, gastric diseases and hemorrhoids; can be used to make carragenate
Chondrus Can be used to treat bronchitis, tonsillitis, gastric diseases, asthma and cough; is an adhesive, can be used to make carragenate
Centroceras Can be used to treat gastro-intestinal intolerance
Chondria Ascaricide
Grateloupia Ascaricide; lowers blood pressure
Gloeopeltis Can be used to treat goitre, tonsillitis and bronchitis; prevents high blood pressure and scurvy
 
 
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