Have you met my friend the sea cucumber?
He's a common monster really. An algae eater who haunts the sea bed.
If you ever "hit rock bottom", he'll be there to greet you. You find him lounging around in a variety of depths, but always at the lowest point.
You'll spot his bizarre form in nearly any marine environment. You could say he's an aquatic ubiquity, but then nobody would know what you're talking about. Let's just say, this rascal gets around in the watery world.
The sea cucumber is an underwater creature that looks creepy, like a lumpy worm cylinder, and might be able to blind you with a poison squirt, according to the University of Utah.
Although sea cucumbers are one of the safest animals on the reef to touch, the numerous white Cuvierian tubules, which some eject when irritated, contain a toxin which can cause blindness if it comes into contact with the eyes. This toxin may also be present on the skin so you should wash your hands after handling these creatures.[END QUOTE]
The American Cancer Society states that early research into "compounds made from sea cucumbers", their therapeutic effectiveness is still being conducted.
This peculiar water dweller may contain some secret remedies waiting for scientific verification. Sea cucumber is being tested for therapeutic value in a wide range of medical conditions, including arthritis and prostate cancer.
Research is currently under way to learn whether some compounds made by sea cucumbers may be helpful against cancer.
Compounds called triterpenoids have shown some promise in laboratory studies in slowing cancer cell growth and in stopping the formation of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow.
In another early laboratory study, a fatty acid (12-MTA) that came from a sea cucumber was found to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.
No studies testing these compounds in animals or humans have been reported as of yet in available scientific publications.
Results of such studies are needed to find out whether these compounds are useful against cancer in living organisms. It is important to note also that extracted chemicals or substances are different from supplements made of the whole sea cucumber and would not be expected to produce the same results.
Howard Benedikt at Dynamic Chiropractic has used sea cucumber to treat patients suffering from painful ailments.
As previously mentioned, sea cucumber has been shown to be effective in reducing the pain and inflammation seen in the arthritic and traumatized patient.
It has been my experience that in acute conditions the dosage should be 500 mg. of sea cucumber taken 4x/day. After about 7-10 or as symptoms diminish, the dosage can be maintained at 500 mg. 2x/day.
The following serves as a list of conditions that have responded favorably to the administration of sea cucumber. Sea cucumber has been shown in studies to reduce blood pressure, help in the healing of ulcers, joint pain to include injury to soft tissue as well as joint trauma, bursitis, prostatitis, and lower back pain to include sciatica.
Like tofu, the sea cucumber soaks up and bolsters the flavor of sauces used in cooking it. Of the 500 different species of sea cucumber, Asian cuisine prefers the larger species. While I have not tried this delicacy, I am fond of braised eel in black bean sauce.
I think this thing looks more like a caterpillar than a pickle, but you decide yourself what to liken it to. It looks pretty strange in the wild, I'm sure, especially if you saw it, or several of them, coming toward you while you were swimming underwater.
National Geographic "Sea Cucumber Holothuroidea"
Physicians Desktop Reference "Sea Cucumber herbal medicine"
[QUOTE] Sea Cucumber is an herbal medicine used to improve the body's ability to fight infection. It is also used to improve muscle strength and to treat arthritis, inflammation (pain and swelling), muscle pain, and high blood pressure. [END QUOTE]
Nutritional Wellness "Sea Cucumber (hai shen)
American Cancer Society "Sea Cucumber"
Dynamic Chiropractic "Sea Cucumber: Natural Arthritis Treatment"
Orient Magazine "Braised Sea Cucumber recipe"
Orient Magazine "Sea Cucumber: Is it Plant or Animal?"
Wikipedia "Gamat" (Malay word for sea cucumber)
Insiders Health "4 Alternatives to Glucosamine"
SPC Secretariat of the Pacific Community "Sustainable Management of the Sea Cucumber Fishery Sector in Madagascar"
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