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The pumpkin has been used as a medicine in Central & North America for quite a while.
The Maya applied the sap of the plant to burns; the Menominee used the seeds as a diuretic.
European settlers ground and mixed the seeds with water, milk or honey to make a remedy for worms.
This practice became so widespread in homes across North America, that the medical profession adopted it as a standard treatment!
Pumpkin seeds are taken principally as a safe deworming agent.
They are particularly useful against tapeworms in pregnant women and in children.
For whom stronger-acting, and toxic preparations are unsuitable.
The seeds are also mildly diuretic; and have been used in Central American herbal medicine.
As a treatment for nephritis and other urinary system problems.
Varieties of pumpkin that are particularly diuretic tonic to the bladder and high in zinc have been recommended in the early stages of prostate problems.
The pulp is used as a decoction to relieve intestinal inflammation.
And is applied as a poultice or plaster for burns
Specifically: on the Styrian Pumpkin
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The seeds of pumpkins have been used for ages as "snack-food" especially in the Mediterranean area.
Specific components in the seeds are known to ease and prevent bladder and prostate problems. Even to shrink enlarged prostate glands in early stages.
Minimal amounts of this drug, are needed.
Pharmaceutical capsules contain only miniscule amounts (e.g. 5000 mg = 5g) of pumpkin seed oil.
Chewing a handful of seeds (not roasted) every other day, can easily give a similarly sufficient preventive supply.
Using the oil as salad dressing gives the food a pleasant nutty flavor and contains the wanted ingredients in more than sufficient quantities. But this substance is only present in the cold pressed oil since heating destroys the drug component.
The process to obtain this oil is complicated and delicate, making the oil a higher priced item. But it is worth its price provided the quality and the purity of the oil is guaranteed.
Another modern re-discovery of healthy food relates to unsaturated fatty acids, also known as essential fatty acids.
These beneficial acids are present in a very high percentage and make the oil a preferred choice of conscious consumers.
Many seeds, especially nuts, are high in valuable vegetable protein - the Styrian pumpkin seeds too. They also contain a very high percentage of Vitamin E
The absence of a wooden shell made them the undisputed favorite for all new and old pumpkin seed fans.
Some users praise the natural seeds as "brain" food recommendable for most students with learning problems.
In Austria the oil has for its energizing quality been nicknamed "Styrian Diesel"
When roasted and salted the Styrian pumpkin seeds rival or even distance many other nutty snacks. The medicinal properties are severely reduced by the roasting process.
However, the remaining properties make it a favorite choice for nut-lovers preferring its taste to others.
At this point a word of caution:
Preventive measures are the choice of each person.
Medical treatment of an acute illness belongs in the hands of a qualified physician.