Mallotus japonicus is a deciduous small arboreous tree that belongs to the dicotyledonous dicotyledonous family and is widely distributed in Korea, Japan, and China. It is said to have been given the name Mallotus japonicus, meaning having both courtesy and virtue. Also, because the leaves of Mallotus japonicus look like the leaves of a paulownia tree, it is also called yaodong, meaning paulownia that grows in the field. Mallotus japonicus is weak against cold, but has the characteristic of growing well in dry and barren soil. Due to these growing characteristics, it is widely grown in the mountainous areas of Jeju Island and the warm coastal areas of the south. In addition, Mallotus japonicus is well known to have various beneficial effects in the body because it contains a lot of various active ingredients such as fatty oil, tannins, and bergenin. Due to this pharmacological action, the bark of Mallotus japonicus has been widely used as a medicine to treat various diseases since ancient times. Now, let’s take a look at the main effects of Mallotus japonicus, side effects to be aware of when ingested, and various information related to how to eat.
Mallotus japonicus main benefits
1. Stomach Health
Mallotus japonicus is rich in bergenin, a type of gallic acid. This rich bergenin component strengthens the stomach and promotes the secretion of bile that helps digestion and absorption, thereby promoting digestion.
In addition, the rich tannin component in Mallotus japonicus also helps in digestion and at the same time protects the mucous membrane of the stomach, so it is said to help a lot in managing the health of the stomach. Due to the efficacy of Mallotus japonicus, it is widely used in oriental medicine as a gastric agent to strengthen the stomach. In addition, the combined action of the various active ingredients mentioned above has been known to help reduce the risk of stomach-related diseases such as gastritis and gastric ulcer, as it has beneficial anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer effects.
2. Promoting intestinal health
Mallotus japonicus is known to help with gut health as well as stomach health. The abundance of bergenin and tannin in Mallotus japonicus prevents various physical abnormalities caused by dysfunction of the lower gastrointestinal tract, and at the same time, it is said to help prevent intestinal-related inflammatory diseases such as enteritis based on its excellent anti-inflammatory action. In addition, Mallotus japonicus is said to have beneficial effects on normalizing abnormal peristalsis of the intestine to help smooth bowel function, so it can help relieve and prevent frequent constipation and diarrhea symptoms. Due to these excellent health benefits, Mallotus japonicus has been widely used as a natural gastric medicine to treat the stomach since ancient times.
3. Immunity enhancement
Various components such as bergenin and tannin, which are abundant in Mallotus japonicus, are polyphenols with excellent antioxidant activity. It is said that it has an excellent effect in removing free radicals, which are the main cause of weakening of immunity by causing cell damage, helping to improve immune function. In addition, Mallotus japonicus has a high content of flavonoids, which are recognized as excellent antioxidants, so it is said to help protect our body from free radicals and various toxins.
In addition to the various effects mentioned above, Mallotus japonicus is said to be helpful in expelling waste products from the body by facilitating the excretion of urine. In addition, the secretion-promoting action of bile has a beneficial effect on protecting the liver, and it is said that it can help prevent diseases such as cholelithiasis. Side effects of taking Mallotus japonicus and how to take it
Although the tannin component of Mallotus japonicus is a component with various physical benefits, it is said that if consumed in excess, it may cause constipation symptoms due to its astringent action. Therefore, it is recommended to consume no more than 3 cups a day as much as possible. In addition, the leaves of Mallotus japonicus are effective in relieving skin itching and symptoms such as eczema and boils, and are known to have beneficial effects in the improvement and treatment of hemorrhoids.
Mallotus japonicus is usually consumed by soaking the peel in boiling water. Put about a fistful of Mallotus japonicus shells in 4L of water and boil over moderate heat until the water reduces to 1/3. Also, it is said that it is good to add dates and gyeolmyeongja when boiling. Mallotus japonicus has a bitter and cold taste, so when boiled with jujubes, the warm properties of jujubes and the subtle sweetness of the jujube are mixed well, making it easier and more effective to consume.