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Eggplant (Solanum sp.)

Eggplant - aubergine

The eggplant (Solanum melongenum and S. sodomaeum) also known as aubergine, melongene, brinjal or guinea squash, probably originated in India and is now cultivated widely. It has a rambling vinelike habit and requires warmth and moisture for cultivation. The eggplant is an annual a member of the nightshade family which also includes the potato, tomato and pepper.  The wild fruit is deep purple in colour, although many colour varieties have been developed. The fruit is very perishable; the flesh discolours and becomes bitter with age, and the skin becomes tougher.

Cultivated as a food plant, the eggplant is of interest because it contains phytochemicals (solasodine glycosides) that appear to be active against skin lesions including moles, warts, age spots, keratoses and even melanomas. For many years, some Australian farmers have been using an acidic extract of eggplant made with vinegar to treat skin cancers on farm animals. Some people have also claimed success in treating human warts, moles and sun-induced skin lesions, including skin cancers, which are particularly common in Australia.

Non-melanoma skin cancers account for about 30% of ALL cancers. Only 5% of skin cancers are melanomas.

How to make and use a skin lesion remedy using an eggplant

Important disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and informational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice. It is based on anecdotal reports by individuals who claim it has cured their skin cancers. Supporting such claims is the fact that in some cases doctors have diagnised skin cancer prior to the treatment, and confirmed its absence later.

The process involves simple extraction of the phytochemicals present in an eggplant fruit using white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

Take a medium sized eggplant and shred it in a liquidiser or similar. Place the pulp in a screwtop jar that is just large enough to contain it without packing the pulp down tightly. Add vinegar until the pulp is just covered, and place the jar in a refrigerator and leave to infuse for about 3 days.

After this time, strain the liquid off using a fine-mesh fabric, squeezing the pulp to extract all the liquid. It doesn't matter if there is still a certain amount of pulp residue in the extract after straining, but you can use a beer or wine filter to 'polish' the extract if desired.

Apply the liquid directly to skin lesions with a cotton ball, or secure the soaked cotton onto the site with adhesive 'plasters' or similar. Keep the extract in the refrigerator, away from light. Treatment may take a couple of weeks or more.

A commercial version of this extract called Curaderm BEC5 is now available, which contains the sugar rhamnose, plus urea and salicylic acid (aspirin), which acts to soften thickened skin. A UK study involving 72 patients who were treated with Curaderm noted regression in all the lesions treated, and a 100% cure following up to 13 weeks of treatment. Dermatologists at the Royal London Hospital stated that BEC5 is ‘safe and effective'. 



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