Cayce Health Database
Jerusalem artichoke is a vegetable which resembles
a small potato. It is available from some health food stores.
Jerusalem artichoke is a primary therapy in the Cayce
approach to diabetes. The readings state that the Jerusalem artichoke
can be used to decrease or eliminate the need for medicinal insulin.
Therapeutic recommendations for Jerusalem artichoke
will vary from person to person depending upon the severity of the condition.
For one individual with a slight tendency toward diabetes, the recommendation
was to eat two Jerusalem artichokes per month. For more severe cases,
one per day prescribed. For persons diagnosed with diabetes, starting
out at three per week is reasonable. After monitoring blood/sugar
levels, the amount of artichoke's can be adjusted as needed.
Here are some suggestions for to using Jerusalem artichoke:
- Before eating the artichokes, have at least two or three spinal
manipulations to stimulate the nerve supply to the pancreas and liver.
Ask the physician or therapist to pay particular attention to the
5th - 9th thoracic vertebrae.
- Begin by eating three artichokes about the size of a hen's egg
- In preparing the artichoke, alternate between eating one raw and
the next one cooked in its own juices (steamed in Patapar parchment
paper). Eaten raw, the artichoke can be included in a salad
or such. When cooked, be sure to drink the water in which the
artichoke was cooked.
- Do not overcook or undercook. Do not peel, - only wash thoroughly
with a brush, then cook it in Patapar Paper - as if cooking an Irish
potato. Season with a little salt, and at times a very small
quantity of butter.
- If possible, store the artichokes in the ground. Otherwise,
you may be able to keep them in the refrigerator in a jar of peat
moss or potting soil. The readings state that just leaving them
in the refrigerator deprives them potency.
- Various readings advised against eating pickled artichokes or artichokes
prepared with vinegar, and products made with artichoke flour.
Here are some excerpts from readings given for people
with diabetes in which the Jerusalem artichoke was recommended.
Note the cooking instructions and therapeutic value as explained by Edgar
"Begin with the use of Jerusalem artichoke when
the [osteopathic] treatments have begun, instead of insulin which may
be gradually diminished. Use the artichoke cooked in Patapar paper.
Have in the beginning about three of these each week, about the size of
an hen egg. These would be cooked well, but the juices in and from
same mixed with the pulp as they are prepared. Season to suit the
taste of the body. Do not use too much salt and do use, in all the
vegetables cooked, the kelp or health salt and not the regular sodium
chloride as purified." (5345-1)
"Thus, we have a diabetic reaction, as it is at
Then we would begin taking the Jerusalem artichoke.
This would be prepared preferable with only Patapar paper, the juices
of same mixed with the pulp and at least every other day one of these
be taken. This will prevent the necessity of use of insulin for
(Q) Will this cure the diabetes?
(A) This will so allay that if this is kept carefully, just the
artichoke, there will be little trouble from the diabetic tendencies."
"Instead of using so much insulin; this can be
gradually diminished and eventually eliminated entirely if there is used
in the diet one Jerusalem artichoke every other day. This should
be cooked only in Patapar paper, preserving the juices and mixing with
the bulk of the artichoke, seasoning this to suit the taste. The
taking of the insulin is habit forming. The artichoke is not habit
forming, not sedative-producing in the body as to cause accumulations
of poisons as do sedatives; though it will be necessary to take a sedative
when there are the attacks, but take a hypnotic rather than a narcotic
- only under the direction, however, of a physician." (4023-1)
"(Q) Is there a diabetic condition?
(A) With this correction in the manner indicated, we find that
the diabetic condition would be clarified though we will find with these
tendencies that it would be well to take the Jerusalem artichoke once
each week. Prepare one about the size of a hen egg, cooked in Patapar
paper. Mix the juices with it and season to taste, eating of it
- once each week with the regular meal. Do this for six to eight
weeks and we will clarify and clear these conditions." (3901-1)
"(Q) Are the kidneys involved.
(A) Naturally the kidneys are involved. With a disturbance
of the circulation between heart and liver, it causes a reflex condition
in the kidneys. Just keep away from sugar. Do use the Jerusalem
Artichoke at least once a week in the diet, but only cooked in its own
juices - or mix the juices in which it is cooked with the bulk of the
artichoke; that is, cook it in Patapar paper.
(Q) Do I still have diabetes? What remedy?
(A) A tendency towards same, as indicated from the amount of
insulin to be given in the artichoke diet." (3274-1)
"For, we would add in the diet the Jerusalem artichoke,
which supplies insulin in its natural state in which it is CORRECTIVE
forming, or in the order in which it may be properly assimilated.
Do take one Jerusalem artichoke almost every day,
or at least five days out of every week. Cook this in its own juices,
or in Patapar Paper. And when this is prepared, do eat the juice
mixed with the bulk of the artichoke. This may be seasoned with
a little salt or pepper, or butter - but not too much."
"(Q) Should I make the Jerusalem artichoke a part of my diet
all year round?
(A) It is better that this be taken occasionally; that is, take
it for five or six weeks, and then leave off for a like period.
It is more effective when taken in this manner." (2772-3)
"Beginning about the middle of September, then,
begin taking twice a week a Jerusalem artichoke - at least the size of
a hen egg. Prepare this in its own juices. Cook it in Patapar
Paper. Mix the juices with the pulp itself. For, the salts
that come from same are the effective balance in the effect upon the system.
Keep these regularly, twice each week - Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Do this for some three to four months, leave off a month, and then begin
again; keeping them in this ratio throughout the period or season that
they may be obtained. Keep these fresh, not by trying to keep them
in the icebox, but keep them in the ground - but they will have to be
protected; for most any animal will attempt to take them!
Before beginning the artichokes, be sure to have
at least two adjustments osteopathically; one of a general nature, one
of a specific nature, in the areas of the 6th, 7th and 8th dorsal, where
there has been a weakness. And then continue these treatments sufficiently
to make the corrections needed in those areas. For, these weaknesses
in the spine also account for - with the reflex activity upon the pancreas
- the heaviness across the small of the back, and through the upper portion
of the limbs. If these adjustments are carried out, though, we find
that corrections will be made." (2578-1)
"The activity of the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys
is not always coordinant. There are those diabetic tendencies, or
the excesses that arise from the activity of the pancreas; which makes
for those variations in the normal reflexes to heart, lungs, liver and
At least twice to three times a week take the Jerusalem
artichoke in the diet, - once raw, twice cooked. Never use one larger
than a hen egg, but when it is cooked it may be seasoned with butter -
not too much of any pepper, though cayenne may be used in moderation."
"DO take the Jerusalem artichoke in the diet twice
each week. We would take it regularly, Tuesdays and Thursdays; one
time it should be cooked, the next time raw, and so on. Eat one
about the size of a guinea egg, with the meal, on those days, you see.
Keep a quantity of these in the ground. Do not attempt to keep them
in the ice box or otherwise, for the withering of same causes the loss
of much of the beneficial properties." (2490-1)
"A very positive reaction may be had that will
relieve a great deal of this tension, if there will be eaten each day
- with the meal - a Jerusalem artichoke; one day cooked, the next day
raw; one not larger than about the size of a hen egg. Preferably
keep these fresh, not by being put in the refrigerator but by keeping
them in the ground; by necessity protecting them from animals - dogs,
hogs, pigs or the like; for these will scratch 'em up - as would cats
There is needed that booster, or the effect of insulin
as may be derived from the artichoke, for the system.
As to the matter of diet (other than the artichoke),
- refrain from those foods that tend towards creating sugar; as excess
of starches or sweets.
(Q) Is there any suggestion for overactivity of the bladder?
(A) We have been trying to give this the best we can. Use
the artichoke, in the manner indicated." (2472-1)
"However, we would add to same the Jerusalem artichoke.
For this body, these should be taken at least three times each week, preferably
cooked, or prepared in its own juices, as in Patapar Paper, so that whatever
portions that may exude from the tuber during the preparation may be mixed
with same in preparing. Eat it with the meal, you see, three times
each week - using one each time about the size of a hen egg. Do
not overcook nor undercook, but so that it is well able to be mashed thoroughly.
Do not peel, - only wash thoroughly with a brush, then cook it in Patapar
Paper - as if cooking an Irish potato. Season with a little salt,
and at times a very small quantity of butter. Though this is at
times tabu for the body, we find that it will aid in this particular instance.
Keep the diet, the general activities, in the manner
as has been indicated; throughout the period keeping those activities
of the insulin through the eating of the artichoke.
(Q) Has anyone been cured that was in my condition?
(A) Many, many, many!
Do these things as outlined, and we will find we
will bring the better condition for this body.
Because there is less pain, less uneasiness and
less dizziness WITH the use of the artichoke, don't leave them off - for
several months; at least three times each week, see?" (2393-1)
"(Q) What was the Jerusalem artichoke given for?
(A) An activity upon the pancreas. It carries - it is the
greatest source of insulin that may be assimilated by the body."
"At least three times each week have a Jerusalem
artichoke in the diet. Cook this in Patapar Paper, preserving the
juices and mixing with the artichoke as it is prepared for the meal, seasoning
with butter and salt and a little pepper if so desired. This will
soon reduce the tendencies towards the sugar reaction." (2085-4)
"Not that there is as YET a great tendency towards
too great a quantity of sugar, but a diabetic condition is a portion of
the disturbance. However, as we find, even with this, these may
be cleared; for the greater cause of the condition is rather the superacidity,
with too great quantities of oils or highly seasoned food, with especially
fats or greases that have caused those conditions in the gall duct area,
and especially with those portions as related to the assimilating of such
through the system.
As to the diet throughout the period, - this should
be followed rather closely. Use rather the liquid and semi-liquids,
and not heavy foods. No oils or fats to any great extent.
Principally fruit juices, vegetable juices, and ANY form of the foods
that are easily assimilated. As to the character of cereals, these
should preferably be cooked cereals. And the vegetables should be
principally of the leafy variety, rather than those under the ground -
other than the Jerusalem artichoke. At least once each week be sure
there is taken the Jerusalem artichoke with the diet. This may be
one time cooked, the next time raw; one about the size of a hen egg or
larger. When cooked, best that it be boiled - but in its OWN juices,
as in Patapar Paper. Do not leave this off! Be sure that it
is taken each week, for it will add sufficient of the insulin to the system
to aid in correcting the circulation between the liver and the lower hepatic
or kidney circulation, and aid in reduction of sugar as well as - with
the other portions of the diet indicated - correcting the acidity.
And we will relieve this pressure where there is the feeling of the lack
of the passage of foods from the stomach to the intestines, through the
lower portion of the duodenum." (2040-1)
"Thus while the heart's disturbance is serious,
the diabetic tendency and activity is the more serious. Then we would begin with the diets: Refrain from all sugars, and most of the starches. While breads are to be taken, to be sure, use rather the whole wheat bread, corn bread or rye bread in preference to the white bread, see? No potatoes. Have more of the raw and leafy vegetables than others…
At least four meals each week should include the
Jerusalem artichoke in the diet. One time this should be taken cooked,
the next time raw. When cooked, prepare as you would a boiled potato;
not boiled too much, but sufficient that it crumbles, - and keep the juices
of same in same. Hence, cook in Patapar Paper. This may be
given with a little salt, no pepper, and not too much butter. Butter
should not be taken in any quantity, though a little for seasoning vegetables
is better than the fats or oils, see?" (2007-1)
"Twice a week we would take the Jerusalem artichoke.
Begin these at the time the osteopathic adjustments are begun. One
time it would be taken raw, the other time cooked, - but cooked in its
OWN juices (as in Patapar Paper).
(Q) Should I take the insulin?
(A) No! Take rather the properties indicated in the diet
(Jerusalem artichoke), that are NOT habit-forming and that will reduce
the sugar content, and will aid in creating the better balance in the
system - as has been outlined." (1995-1)
"Where there are the acute conditions from the
infection, from the breaking of veins in the limb, to make application
- unless with great precautions - would be directly disturbing to the
glandular forces as related to that which produces the diabetic condition;
slowing the blood and thickening it so that the applications for helpful
forces are such that it would need great precautions.
Also we would have the stimulation that may be had
through taking each day the Jerusalem artichoke as a part of the meal,
- one day raw, the next day cooked. These properties are to aid
in reducing this constitutional disturbance in the glandular force.
They may also aid in reducing MATERIALLY, in the present, the doses of
the insulin; for taking the artichoke - especially this Jerusalem variety
- is using insulin but in a manner that is NOT habit-forming, and it much
more preferable - if it is governed properly, with the rest of the diet."
"Hence, we would add occasionally to the diet the
Jerusalem artichoke; in a way and manner as to meet the needs. For
if this is kept as a portion of the diet two or three times a week for
periods of two or three months at a time, and then left off for a week
or a month and then included again, we will find sufficient of the insulin
reaction as to keep the pressure as related to the blood supply nearer
normal. Also the activities of the system in keeping down sugar,
as well as the reaction through the circulatory forces as related to the
katabolism of the system will be much improved.
Keep in those lines of suggestions that are being
followed; using only this portion of the diet as a difference - the Jerusalem
artichoke two or three times a week; say Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
have one about the size of a duck egg or the like. This should be
PREFERABLY prepared or boiled in its OWN juices (as in Patapar Paper),
and eaten as you would potatoes." (1632-2)
"(Q) It is not necessary to take insulin, outside of that contained
in the Jerusalem artichoke?
(A) As indicated, NOT necessary, IF there is the refraining from
the eating of fats, you see, and sugars. The artichoke will supply
sufficient of the insulin to cause the proper activity through the pancreas.
About once a month, have an OSTEOPATHIC adjustment;
and have such an one make the test for sugar also." (584-7)
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health