Moringa Uses

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Moringa Oleifera is already highly esteemed by people in the tropics and sub-tropics for the many ways it is used medicinally by local herbalists. A few of these traditional uses reflect the nutritional content of the various tree parts. Listed below are but some of the ways the tree is used in Asia, Africa and the Americas. In recent times, laboratory investigation has confirmed the efficacy of some of these applications.

Keep in mind that there are numerous traditional uses that have not been tested. Recent lab testing is beginning to prove that the many uses of Moringa have indeed, substantial health advantages. For most, lab testing is not essential. In countries like the Philippines, Moringa has been a folk remedy used for many generations. There is no worry about the safety of Moringa. Grandmothers bring it for their nursing grand daughters for increased milk production. Mothers use the Moringa seed oil for wounds of their children. The list of uses goes on and on. In these modern times, people rely far more on testing than on their own experience. While Moringa has been safely used for centuries, there are a few instances where there is cause for concern. Pregnant mothers ought to consult their health care providers when using during pregnancy. Some people can experience a detox effect if the quantity of Moringa is too much for their systems. However, some people use Moringa leaf in order to cleanse. It has been used to expel intestinal worms. Some may look at this a complication and others a desired result. This is a process that one wants to be prepared for and make the necessary arrangements in ones schedule. Moringa is known to detoxify the liver. There are multiple studies (www.pubmed.org) that show benefits to the liver, even liver failure.

Be sure you comprehend the distinction between fresh Moringa leaf and dried leaf powder. The dried powder is more concentrated. When we dry Moringa, we calculate 6 pounds of fresh to produce 1 pound of dried. It can vary up to 10 pounds of fresh to produce 1 pound of dried. It depends on the moisture level of the fresh leaf.

When you use Moringa or any other plant as a food or medicine, always begin slowly and observe any reactions. Slowly increase Moringa to the level that feels right for you. Many people are now using Moringa leaf for a whole host of ailments with good results. Universities, and medical schools and labs are testing Moringa for a plethora of diseases.

LEAVES

In India, juice from leaves is believed to have a stabilizing impact on blood pressure levels and is used to treat anxiety. In Senegal, a infusion of leaf juice is known to control glucose levels in cases of diabetes.
Mixed with honey and accompanied by a drink of coconut milk 2 or 3 times a day, leaves are used as a treatment for diarrhea, dysentery and colitis (inflammation of the colon).
Leaf juice, sometimes with carrot juice added, utilized as a diuretic (to improve urine flow). Eating leaves is suggested in cases of gonorrhea due to the diuretic action.
In India and Nicaragua, leaves and young buds are rubbed on the temple for headache.
In India and the Philippines, a poultice made from fresh leaves is applied to lessen glandular swelling.
It was reported that Malaysians sometimes applied a leaf poultice to the abdomen to expel intestinal worms.
Leaf juice may also be used as a skin antiseptic.
In India, leaves used to treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy and catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane).
Leaves are believed to be anthelmintic (able to kill intestinal worms).
Leaves are used as an irritant and as a purgative.
In Nicaragua, Guatemala and Senegal, leaves are applied as poultice on sores and skin ailments.
In the Philippines, eating leaves is known to boost a woman’s milk production and is sometimes prescribed for anemia.

FLOWERS

Flowers are traditionally used as a tonic, diuretic, and abortifacient.
Flowers are believed to be anthelminitic.
Used to cure inflammations, muscle diseases, tumors and enlargement of the spleen.
In India, juice pressed from the flowers is said to ease sore throat and catarrh.
In Puerto Rico, an infusion of the flowers is used as an eyewash and a decoction from the flowers has been used to treat hysteria.

PODS

Pods are believed to be anthelminitic
Pods are used in affections of the liver and spleen, and in treating articular pains (pain in the joints).

ROOTS

In India, roots are utilized as a carminative (promotes gas expulsion from the alimentary canal, against intestinal pain or spasms) and as a laxative.
Roots are considered useful against intermittent fevers and are sometimes chewed to relieve cold symptoms.
Juice from roots is applied externally as a rubefacient (skin tonic), counterirritant or vesicant (agent to induce blistering).
Roots are used as an abortifacient, diuretic and a cardiac and circulatory tonic.
Roots are used to treat epilepsy, nervous debility and hysteria.
In Senegal and India, roots are pounded and combined with salt to create a poultice for treating rheumatism and articular pains. In Senegal, this poultice is also used to relieve lower back or kidney pain.
Roots are used as a purgative.
In India, Indo-China, Nicaragua and Nigeria, a root poultice is used to treat inflammations, especially swelling of tissues in the foot (pedal edema).
A decoction of roots is used to cleanse sores and ulcers.
In India and Indo-China roots are used to treat cases of scurvy.
Root juice mixed with milk is considered useful against in hiccoughs, asthma, gout, lumbago, rheumatism, enlarged spleen or liver, internal and deep-seated inflammations, and calculous affections. Crushed root together with rum has been used as a liniment on rheumatism.
A snuff made from roots is inhaled to alleviate ear ache and toothache.
A juice made from a mixture of fresh roots, bark and leaves is inserted into the nostrils to arouse a patient from coma or stupor.

ROOT BARK AND STEM BARK

In Senegal, root and tree bark are used to treat sores and skin ailment.
Bark is regarded as useful in treating scurvy.
In India, stem and root bark are taken as appetizers and digestives.
In Senegal, a decoction of root bark, roots, leaves and flowers is used to help remedy epilepsy, hysteria, and intestinal spasms.
In India, a decoction of the root bark is used as a fermentation to cure intestinal spasm and is considered useful in calculous affections (mineral buildup/kidney stones).
Stem bark is used to cure eye diseases.
In India, stem and root bark are viewed to be aphrodisiacs and anthelmintic.
In India, root bark is said to counteract enlargement of the spleen and formation of tuberculous glands of the neck, to eliminate tumors and to heal ulcers.
Juice from root bark is put into the ear to alleviate ear aches and also put into a toothache cavity as a pain killer.
Bark is used as a cure for delirious patients.
In the Philippines it is believed that, roots, chewed and applied to a snake bite, will keep the poison from spreading.
Bark is used as a rubefacient and as a vesicant.
In India, bark is oftentimes mixed with peppercorns and used as an abortifacient (although often with fatal consequences).

GUM

Gum, mixed with sesame oil, is used to relieve headaches. This is also poured into ears for the relief of ear ache.
In Java, gum is offered for intestinal complaints.
In India, gum is used for dental caries.
Gum is regarded as a diuretic.
In India and in Senegal, gum is considered useful in treating fevers, dysentery and asthma.
Gum is used as an astringent and rubefacient (skin tonics).
In India, gum is sometimes used as an abortifacient.
In India, gum is used to help remedy syphilis and rheumatism.

SEEDS

Seeds are used against fevers.
Flowers, leaves and roots used as remedies for assorted tumors, and the seed for abdominal tumors.
In Aruba, a paste of crushed seeds is spread on warts.

SEED OIL

In India, seed oil is used externally to alleviate pain and swelling in case of gout or rheumatism, and to treat skin diseases.
Oil is used to help remedy hysteria and scurvy.
Oil is applied to manage prostrate and bladder troubles.
Oil is considered to be a tonic and a purgative.

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