Moringa as medicinal
Did you know that, the juice from the root bark put into ears to relieve earaches and also placed in a tooth cavity as a pain killer ?
A Study of Ethnobotany, Nutrients and Pharmacological Moringa Oleifera Profile. Research Journal of Moringa Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences ISSN: 0975-8585.
Chemical compounds isolated from Moringa Oleifera have been shown to contain useful pharmacological properties with prospective medicinal applications.
Parts used: Drumstick’s root bark, stem bark, leaves, fruits, seeds and roots are used for therapeutic purposes. They have their own unique medicinal qualities.
Nutritional Value of Leaves and Pods.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIESOF MORINGA OLIFERA
Flower: High medicinal value as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, abortifacient, cholagogue; used to cure inflammations, muscle diseases, hysteria, tumors, and enlargement of the spleen; lower the serum cholesterol, phospholipid, triglyceride, VLDL, LDL cholesterol to phospholipid ratio and atherogenic index; decrease lipid profile of liver, heart and aorta in hypercholesterolaemic rabbits and increased.
Seed: Seed extract exerts its protective effect by decreasing liver lipid peroxides, antihypertensive compounds thiocarbamate and isothiocyanateglycosids have been isolated from the acetate phase of the ethanolic extract of Moringa pods.
Stem bark: Rubefacient, vesicant and used to cure eye diseases and for the treatment of delirious patients, prevent enlargement of the spleen and formation of tuberculous glands of the neck, to destroy tumors and to heal ulcers. The juice from the root bark is put into ears to relieve earaches and also placed in a tooth cavity as a pain killer, and has anti-tubercular activity.
Leave: Purgative, applied as poultice to sores, rubbed on the temples for headaches, used for piles, fevers, sore throat, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy and catarrh; leaf juice is believed to control glucose levels, applied to reduce glandular swelling.
Root: Antilithic, rubefacient, vesicant, carminative, antifertility, anti-inflammatory, stimulant in paralytic afflictions; act as a cardiac/circulatory tonic, used as a laxative, abortifacient, treating rheumatism, inflammations, articular pains, lower back or kidney pain and constipation.
Gum: Used for dental caries, and is astringent and rubefacient; Gum, mixed with sesame oil, is used to relieve headaches, fevers, intestinal complaints, dysentery, asthma and sometimes used as an abortifacient, and to treat syphilis and rheumatism.
Chemical compounds isolated from Moringa Oleifera have been shown to contain useful pharmacological properties with prospective medicinal applications. A list of possible medical applications conferred by Moringa Oleifera plant parts includes.
Wound healing activity: The leaf extract also poses wound healing activity. The leaf extract showed significant increase in wound closure rate, skin breaking strength, granuloma breaking strength, hydroxyproline content, granuloma dry weight and decrease in scar area.
Cosmetic Use: Various parts of Moringa Oleifera have cosmetic value. Cognis Laboratoires Serobiol ogiques team developed two active ingredients based on botanical peptides from the seeds of Moringa Oleifera tree that purify hair and skin and offer protection against the effects of pollution. Moringa seed oil, known as Ben oil is widely used as a carrier oil in cosmetic preparations.
In view of its multiple uses, the Moringa Oleifera plant needs to be widely cultivated in most of the areas where climatic conditions favor its optimum growth. In this way, a maximum yield of its different usable parts could be achieved to derive the maximal number of commodities of a multifarious nature for the welfare of mankind. The tree become a great source of income if this potential for highly Therapeutically and nutritional food is exploited by the industries and researchers by undertaking further research to corroborate earlier studies.
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