Physalis is originated in Japan.
This medicinal plant belongs to the Solanaceae plant family.
The scientific name of this herb is Physalis alkekengi.
The Physalis is a perennial herb of 0.75 m. high and has an underground rhizome. At the top of the stems white or yellow flowers bloom.
The cup of the herb grows after flowering to form a vesicle (heart shaped) red to orange surrounding the fruit. This is a red berry.
Fresh fruits Physalis alkekengi are bitter and can be eaten in salads. The plant is widely used as an ornament.
The fruits of this plant are used for medicinal purposes.
Contains a bitter element, the fisalina, alkaloids, pigments, and plenty of vitamin C.
Physalis has the following medicinal properties: diuretic, colds and flu (thanks to vitamin C), laxative, constipation, for the elimination of uric acid (kidney, urinary tract infections, gout and rheumatism).
Recipes for this herb:
Infusion: to prepare an infusion with 15 or 30 g of ripe fruit of Physalis alkekengi in ½ liter of water. This infusion is used for diuretics.
Decoction: boil berries of this herb 15-20 for five minutes in one liter of water is allowed to stand and cool, strain the liquid and sweetened to taste. Contain purifying effect, drinking a glass in the morning.
Dust: The fruits of Physalis alkekengi once dried crushed into a powder; it can take 2 to 3 gr. about 3 times a day.