This diet is helpful with the following indications:
intestinal putrefactions, constipation
enlargement of the spleen
melancholy and spleen (changing moods)
liver complaints and hepatic disorders
kidney complaints and nephritis
Grapes are very nourishing. They are rich in elements and minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphates, sulphates, chlorine and fructose and have an amazing ability to rebuild tissue. A number of unconfirmed post-war stories in Europe relate that the wounds of soldiers with no food other than grapes, healed faster than those of other soldiers.
A popular diet in the grape cure institutions of Europe for the treatment of various chronic disorders involves eating grapes for 3 days. On the first day the patient takes about 500g of grapes, increasing this amount by 500g daily until a maximum of 3kg per day is reached. No other food is allowed.
If you follow a grape cure for more than 7 days, it is recommended that you start by drinking only water for 1-2 days (no other food) until your body develops an appetite for the grapes. This diet cleanses the stomach and intestines. Prepare a schedule where you have a grape meal every 2 hours, remembering to chew the skin and seeds thoroughly.
Eat as many as 7 grape meals a day. During the first days constipation can occur because of an accumulation of grape seeds in the intestine; they may well block normal elimination. This will not happen, however, if you chew the seeds thoroughly. It is better to start with a small amount of grapes, 500g to lkg a day, gradually increasing to the maximum.
Special attention needs to be paid to the cleaning of the grapes, especially if they are your sole nutritional source. Most people do not realize that some pesticides are water-insoluble so that they can resist rain. The grapes can be rinsed in salt water for about 10 minutes, or in a I per cent solution of hydrochloric acid (HC1) in water for 5 minutes. After this treatment rinse again with water. The salt/HC1 solution is best kept in an earthenware container, and can be used for up to 1 week.
The grape cure is effective in the treatment of obesity. It cleanses the body by flushing out toxic waste. Vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, weakness and an urge to rest, headaches, migraines, backache and other body pains are symptoms of the cleansing process at work. if they occur, it is important to continue the diet while simultaneously listening to the needs of your body. A headache might suggest that you drink more hot water. Backache might make you aware of the tension in your body. Massage will generally provide relief in such circumstances.
It is important to emerge slowly from the diet and not to indulge in too large a variety of foods immediately afterwards. It is best to eat raw food for a few days, and gradually include cooked food in the evenings, together with some milk or bread. Eat cooked and uncooked food separately for a while.
Under medical supervision grapes are used for the treatment of various diseases and conditions such as cancer, tumours, pneumonic disorders, mental disease, nervous disorders, sexual problems, and diabetes. Grapes are strong blood purifiers and are used to detoxify the stomach and intestines. These more complicated grape cures are best conducted under medical supervision and with the support of an experienced healer.