Ahad, 30 Ogos 2009

Daging Arnab Dimasak Bersama Wolfberry Untuk Merawat Penyakit Kencing Manis

Berita baik untuk penghidap penyakit kencing manis!!!

Kajian perubatan masyarakat Cina menunjukkan daging arnab yang dimasak bersama Wolfberry dapat merawat penyakit kencing manis.

Fructus Lycii

Wolfberry fruit is the dried mature fruit of the deciduous shrub Lycium barbarum L., of the family Solanaceae. Native to east Asia and Europe, it grows wild on hillsides in the cooler regions of northern China and Europe. However, it is also grown as a cultivated plant in almost all parts of China and in some other regions of Asia, as well as naturalized in Britain, the Middle East and North America. In China, the best wolfberry fruits are produced in the provinces Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai.

Wolfberry fruit is a shrub that grows to about 2.5 m by 2 m at a medium rate. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees. The plant can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Harvested in late summer or early autumn when the fruit is mature, dried in the shade until the cortex is wrinkled, and dried in the sun until the fruit is crusted with the pulp still soft. It is used unprepared.

The root also has healing properties and is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, which is called Wolfberry Bark. The root can be used either fresh or dried.

The leaves are edible and are a common vegetable.

It is called Wolfberry. Also called Lycium Fruit, Matrimony Vine Fruit, Chinese Desertthorn Fruit, Box Thorn Fruit and Chinese Wolfberry Fruit. See also Food, Vegetables, Wolfberry; and Herbs, Tonics for Deficiency Syndromes, Yin Tonics, Wolfberry Fruit.

Sweet in flavor, mild in nature, it is related to the liver, kidney and lung channels.

Nourishes the kidney yin and liver blood, improves one's eyesight, and moistens lungs.

The first recorded use of wolfberry fruit as a medicinal herb is from the first century A.D. For thousands of years it is used as both a yin tonic for liver and kidney, and as a blood tonic.

Wolfberry fruit possesses an action antagonistic to fat deposition, especially in the liver. So it is often applied in obese patients and in liver disease with lipidosis. It lowers the level of blood sugar and is beneficial to diabetes.

1. To treat aching and general weakness due to deficient kidney, manifesting dizziness, impaired eyesight, tinnitus (ringing noise in the ears), impotence, weak waist and knee, night sweat: a) Wolfberry fruit is often used in combination with rehmannia root, dodder seed, dogwood fruit and other herbs for tonifying the liver and kidney. b) Immerse 30-60 g wolfberry fruit in 60 percent liquor for at least 7 days (the longer, the better). Drink 5-10 ml each day.

2. To treat weak or blurred vision due to yin deficiency of the liver and kidney: The food-herb is often used in combination with chrysanthemum flower, rehmannia root, Chinese yam and other herbs for nourishing yin and improving vision, such as Qi Ju Dihuang Pill.

3. For the aged and infirm: Prepare 25 g fruit to make rice porridge. Use porridge as a regular meal once or twice daily.

4. To treat diabetes mellitus (relative or absolute lack of insulin leading to uncontrolled carbohydrate metabolism): Prepare 15 g fruit, 250 g rabbit meat and cook it under slow fire until the meat is well done. Add salt and flavoring and serve as a side dish.

Dosage and Administration:
5-lO g. Decoction.

Cautions on Use:
People who have a fever due to infection or who have diarrhea or bloating is advised not to take wolfberry fruit.

Although no records of toxicity have been seen, some caution should be exercised with this species, particularly with regard to its edible leaves, since it belongs to a family that often contains toxins. However, use of the leaves is well documented and fairly widespread in some areas. The unripe fruit might also be suspect though the ripe fruit is wholesome.

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Toxic or Side Effects:
There are no reported side effects from taking wolfberry fruit. Wolfberry fruit has been used for centuries, both as a healing herb and as a food.

Modern Researches:
Wolfberry fruit is rich in carotene, polysaccharide, betaine, linoleic acid, vitamins B1, B2 and C. The fruit also contains crude fat, thick protein, thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, nicotinic acid, amino acids, zeaxanthin, iron, and trace elements including zinc, copper, selenium, calcium, and phosphorus.

One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease is extracellular accumulation of senile plaques composed primarily of aggregated -amyloid (A) peptide. Treatment of cultured neurons with A peptide induces neuronal death in which apoptosis is suggested to be one of the mechanisms. A group of researchers at the Anatomy Department of the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong, took the lead in discovering a "Double-stranded RNA-dependent protein kinase, PKR," plays a significant role in mediating A peptide-induced neuronal death (see Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang, Ka-Chun Suen, Chi-Him Ma, Wassim Elyaman, Ho-Keung Ng and Jacques Hugon, "Involvement of double-stranded RNA-dependent protein kinase and phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor-2a in neuronal degeneration," Journal of Neurochemistry Vol. 83, Issue 5 (December 2002), pp. 1,215¡V1,225).

After having discovered that PKR plays a significant role in causing Alzheimer's disease, the Anatomy Department of the University of Hong Kong has since embarked on trying to figure out a way to prevent the disease with traditional Chinese medicine. Since wolfberry fruit has long been considered to have anti-aging effects by traditional Chinese medical theories, researchers have tried injecting laboratory mice with extracts of wolfberry fruit. What they have found is that the extracts could indeed protect mice neurons from PKR and other neurotoxicities (see Kwok-fai So and Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang, "Neuroprotective effects of an anti-aging oriental medicine Lycium barbarum" 20th IUBMB International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 11th FAOBMB Congress (June 18-23, 2006, Kyoto, Japan), 77 No. S89-1). Next steps for the researchers to do are a) to isolate the exact ingredients in wolfberry fruit that have neuroprotective effects; and b) to find out whether wolfberry fruit could help treat existing patients of Alzheimer's disease, other than its known preventive effects.

Wolfberry fruit has also been shown to be able to lower the level of blood sugar. A group of Chinese researchers have confirmed that the polysaccharide in wolfberry fruit can stimulate myocytes (muscle cells), causing them to have more glut-4 (receptor of glucose), and making the cells to absorb more blood sugar (see Rui Zhao, Qingwang Li, and Bo Xiao, "Effect of Lycium barbarum Polysaccharide on the Improvement of Insulin Resistance in NIDDM Rats," Yakugaku Zasshi (Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan), Vol. 125, No. 12 (December 2005), pp. 981-988).

In an experiment of laboratory mice, wolfberry fruit has also been confirmed to be able to reduce triglyceride (lipoproteins) and increase high density lipoproteins (the 'good" cholesterol) (see Qiong Luo, Yizhong Cai, Jun Yan, Mei Sun and Harold Corke, "Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects and antioxidant activity of fruit extracts from Lycium barbarum," Life Sciences Vol. 76, Issue 2 (26 November 2004), pp. 137-149).

Wolfberry fruit has the effects of enhancing phagocytosis (uptake of material, such as microorganisms or cell fragments into a cell) of the reticuloendothelial system (including the fixed macrophages of tissues, liver and spleen), increasing peripheral white blood cells, enhancing humoral and cellular immunity and promoting hematopoietic (give rise to distinct daughter blood cells) function.

Betaine, a biological stimulant, has the effects of stimulating growth, reducing blood sugar and blood lipid, inhibiting the fat deposition in liver cells and promoting the regeneration of liver cells. The herb has the cholinomimetic effects of reducing blood pressure, inhibiting the heart, exciting intestines, and has estrogen-like effects.

It was demonstrated that this fruit yields a prominent action in protecting the liver from lipid accumulation. When mice were poisoned with CC1 in the laboratory, those receiving administration of extracts from this fruit yielded no liver function impairment, while the control group, which received no protection, were mostly poisoned and killed.

Wolfberry fruit is traditionally believed to have many different effects upon the body. In addition to being a general longevity herb, it is said to raise the spirits, fight depression, and increase cheerfulness. Berries are made into a blood tonic that is given for general weakness, to improve circulation, and increase the cells' ability to absorb nutrients. When blended with more yang herbs, wolfberry fruit is used as a sexual tonic.

In Chinese medicine, the liver is associated with the function of the eyes. Wolfberry fruit is used as a liver tonic to brighten the eyes, improve poor eyesight, treat blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and other general eye weaknesses.

One of the qualities ascribed to wolfberry root is that it "cools the blood." It is used to reduce fever and to treat other conditions of "excess heat." These include traditional uses to relieve excess sweating, stop nosebleeds, reduce vomiting, and treat dizziness. Some herbalists use a tea made of wolfberry root and Scutellaria (skullcap or Huang Qin) to treat morning sickness in pregnant women. Wolfberry is also used to treat certain types of coughs and asthma.

Modern herbalists use wolfberry roots to treat high blood pressure. There is some scientific basis for this treatment, since extracts from the root have been shown in laboratory experiments to relax the involuntary muscles, including artery muscles. This relaxation lowers blood pressure.

Other modern scientific studies have shown that extracts of wolfberry root can reduce fever, including fever associated with malaria. One Korean study published in 1999 looked at the effect extracts from the berries and roots had on the blood of mice that were exposed to whole body x rays. They concluded that the mice that received doses of root extract replaced leukocytes, erythrocytes, and thrombocytes faster than those that did not receive the extract. This effect may account for wolfberry fruit's reputation for creating good health, vigor, and long life.

Jumaat, 28 Ogos 2009

Gambar-gambar terbaru

Lama tak update gambar-gambar arnab di Newhillz Rabbitry. NH baru ambil beberapa shots...

Dua budak hitam!

Ni anak2 NZW cross. Dedua hitam legam sampai mata pun susah nak nampak dalam gambar. Bulu diorang memang hitam berkilat.

Angora - Harlequin Doe

Ni satu-satunya Angora bulu fluffy sampai tutup mata yang NH ada...

Dah tiba masa dia untuk ber"suami"

Anak Lionhead

Dua ekor ni NH simpan dari litter terbaru untuk tujuan pembiakan seterusnya...Nampaknya "Mane" diorang dah mula naik.

Yang ada yellow spot tu jantan, yang warna fawn tu betina...

Khamis, 27 Ogos 2009

Newhillz Rabbitry mengorak selangkah....

Alhamdulillah di atas rezeki yang diberi oleh Allah Subhana wata'ala...permintaan daging arnab dikalangan sahabat handai dan individu perseorangan kian meningkat. NH terima banyak pertanyaan tentang daging arnab. Dengan bantuan, kebun Ar-Rasya, NH telah membekalkan hampir 10 ekor arnab siap disembelih kepada pelanggan.

Kebanyakan mereka adalah dari kalangan individu yang telah biasa memakan daging arnab dan tidak putus-putus memuji keenakan daging arnab. Tidak kurang juga yang baru ingin mencuba. Harga yang NH offer pun berpatutan.

Melihat kepada potensi industri arnab pedaging, Newhillz Rabbitry kini telah telah mengorak selangkah kehadapan dengan menambah 15 ekor arnab pedaging - 3 induk dewasa, 3 pejantan dewasa, 6 anak arnab betina dan 3 anak arnab jantan. Majoriti adalah New Zealand White.

InsyaAllah, NH turut merancang dengan beberapa rakan penternak untuk menjalankan program "selective breeding" bagi meningkatkan kualiti baka arnab pedaging di Malaysia.

Tak mustahil satu hari nanti, kita boleh hasilkan "Malaysian Giant"!!!!! Yang pastinya, rakyat Malaysia kini memiliki alternatif daging berkhasiat, berprotein tinggi dan kurang kolesterol!

Tidak ketinggalan untuk pelanggan-pelanggan pet, NH bercadang untuk membekalkan baka Rex, English Angora, Netherland Dwarf mulai awal tahun hadapan. Buat masa ini NH sedang giat menjalankan perbincangan dengan beberapa pihak dalam menjayakan program ini.

Sabtu, 22 Ogos 2009

Herbs For All - Part 1

Sejak dibangku sekolah lagi, NH memang minat mengkaji kesan tumbuhan terhadap tahap kesihatan tubuh badan manusia dan haiwan ternakan.

Atas sebab keyakinan yang tinggi terhadap khasiat tumbuhan, NH jarang mengamalkan perubatan moden. Kebanyakan masa NH akan tetap pada ubatan herba. Konsep yang sama NH applikasikan pada haiwan ternakan NH.
Sekitar rumah NH memang NH tanam beberapa jenis tumbuhan herba yang dikenal pasti memberi kesan positif kepada kesihatan.

Di sini NH nak kongsi sedikit maklumat tentang produk herba dan tumbuhan-tumbuhan yang NH guna untuk diri NH dan haiwan ternakan.
Ocimum tenuiflorum (Ocimum sanctum)

Dikenali oleh masyarakat India sebagai "Thulasi" yang bermaksud "Holy Basil". Ia merupakan antara tumbuhan yang anggap sakti pada masyarakat India. Dikalangan masyarakat Melayu ia dikenali sebagai "Kemangi"
Dalam ilmu perubatan Ayurvedic, Thulasi dikenali sebagai ubat "Adaptogen". Berasal dari perkataan Inggeris "Adapt", Thulasi berfungsi mengimbangkan sistem badan dan meningkatkan tahap penerimaan badan pada tekanan (stress). Selain itu ia juga digunakan untuk merawat selsema, batuk, sakit kepala, masalah perut, bengkak, sakit jantung, keracunan, dan malaria.
NH guna Kemangi untuk masalah batuk yang tak henti-henti, orang cakap batuk kokol...hehe
Caranya ialah dengan mengambil 100gram kemangi dan direbus bersama 3 cawan air bersama 1/2 ketul gula melaka. Rebus sehingga tinggal 2 cawan. Minum secawan pagi dan secawan petang.
Untuk ternakan, NH akan letak dlm makanan. Kalau arnab paling senang, NH bagi je, diorang memang takkan reject punya.
Antara produk yang mengandungi Kemangi

Talinum paniculatum Gaertn

Dikenali sebagai Akar Som atau Ginseng Jawa. Tumbuhan ni dikatakan memiliki khasiat yang sama dengan Ginseng Korea dan Ginseng Amerika.
Menurut seorang rakan cina, Akar Som ni banyak ditanam kerana ia tumbuhan pelbagai fungsi. Daun muda nya sedap digoreng sebagai sayur (antara favorite NH- goreng belacan), akarnya pula berkhasiat merangsang penghasilan susu badan pada ibu yang sedang menyusukan anak, untuk kaum lelaki pula ia dikatakan meningkatkan libido.
Daun dia NH masak sebagai sayur. jimat duit dapur...hahaha
Akar dia NH rebus dan bagi minum pada ibu kucing NH kalau diorang ada masalah kurang susu.

Acalypha indica

Tumbuhan yang dikenali sebagai "Kucing Galak" ni berasal dari India. Telah lama digunakan di India sebagai tumbuhan herba untuk merawat masalah Bronchitis. Seperti mana namanya, akar tumbuhan ini memberi kesan terangsang pada kucing.
Memiliki bahan antibiotik, anti bengkak dan pelawas, sesuai untuk mereka yang demam dan mengalami masalah sembelit.
Bagi mereka yang ada masalah sakit sendi, jus segar dari tumbuhan ini boleh ditambah dengan air perahan limau dan disapu pada sendi-sendi untuk mengurangkan bengkak.
Untuk merangsang kucing. Kesan nya seperti Catnip
Antara tumbuhan yang NH beri kepada arnab sebelum mengawan.

Jumaat, 21 Ogos 2009

Perbezaan Baka-baka Lop Ear

Ramai yang bertanya apa perbezaan antara baka-baka lop ear. Kalau nak diperinci satu persatu, rasa NH kena buka breed standard....Untuk menyenangkan pembaca...cukuplah sekadar gambar ini...bak kata pepatah "A picture is worth a thousand words"

Dari atas
1) English Lop
2) French Lop
3) Holland Lop
4) Local Lop

Sabtu, 8 Ogos 2009

Lop Ear Rabbit At Newhillz

Alhamdulillah, we had the opportunity to own these 3 lovely Lop Eared Does.
Thanks to Elzat from "Arnab Teman Ku"

Aren't they lovely? They are 5 months old, which at their teen age. So you can expect I'm going to have more & more lop ear bunnies soon...Stay tune!

Some fact about lop eared rabbits,

- The English Lop is the oldest of the lop-eared breeds. Virtually every other lop-eared breed has been derived from the English lop. The English Lop is lop eared breed with longest ear. Usually reaching over 22 inches in length from tip to tip.

-Biggest lop eared breed is French Lop, this breed started in 19th century France through selection breeding of English Lop, wild rabbit and Flemish Giant. The weight of German Lop is around 4.5-6kg.

- Holland Lop is a Dutch breed bred by a Dutch rabbit Judge, Mr A de Cock. He develop this breed using Papillions, Netherland Dwarfs and French Lop, which took him twelve years to achieve the smaller lop-eared rabbit he sought.

- German Lop is a recent arrived breed from Germany. Breeders used Holland Lop and French Lop with intention of creating a breed like the French Lop with a size and weight mid way between these two breeds.

Lionhead bunnies

Hi everybody...let me introduce my litter of lionhead bunnies...
Born on 12th July 2009
They are out of my lionhead female, "Joey". There are 6 of them which I yet to sexing.
3 of them do look promising...We will see...whether they turn out to be a double mane lionhead...
Below is one of them...