Friday, November 16, 2012

Traditional Uses for Moringa Leaves, Flowers, Pods, Seeds, Bark, and Roots

Today's blog is on how Moringa is used in Ayurvedic medicine and by native people in countries such as India.  I need to interject that this blog is for education only. This information is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, or treat illness. 


For Moringa Leaves , Pods, and Flowers In India, the Philipines, and other Asian nations. 


In India,  Moringa leaves made into a juice is used to help stabilize blood pressure and in the treatment of stress and anxiety.  Again the exceptional nutrition in Moringa leaves supports the healthy function of each organ and body system. 

Leaves are also used in India to treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy and catarrh which if the inflammation of the mucus membranes. Poor nutrition contributes to a weak immune function. If you give the body the proper nutrition, your body's immune system will have the tools to fight off the invading virus or bacteria.

 It is a faulty immune system that is at fault when we become ill. We are constantly being exposed to germs and viruses that could cause us to be sick. We do not get sick when our immune function is working properly.

Mixed with honey and followed by a drink of coconut milk 2 to 3 times a day, the leaves are used by the native people as a remedy for diarrhea, dysentery, and inflammation of the colon. 

Leaf juice added with carrot juice is used to promote the flow of urine. 

Leaves are given to nursing mothers to increase the flow and quality of breast milk and to treat anemia in mothers. It is one of the few plants that contain a high iron content.

In Senegal, the leaf juice is made into an infusion and used to help support healthy glucose levels in Diabetes. 

Leaf juice alone and in combination with carrot juice is used as a diuretic ( increases the flow of urine)

Moringa is used in certain projects to improve nutrition for mothers and babies whose health and life are compromised by famine and starvation.  It is used because of its exceptional nutritional qualities including protein, Calcium, iron, and all of the essential amino acids.

AIDS is one of the diseases that is wiping out a whole generation.  The superior nutrition of Moringa leaves helps support the AIDS patient's weakened body and immune system.  The easily digested and utilized nutrition in Moringa leaves helps them to gain strength back to fight the secondary infections that prey on the AIDS patient. 

Moringa leaves are used by physicians in India to support a balanced blood sugar level, a balanced blood pressure and overall health.

An extract made from the dried, powdered leaves has been shown in research to result in significant muscle relaxation, decreased body temperature, and increased sleep time.

Flowers are used as a tonic, diuretic, and abortifacient so should not be used by pregnant women. In Ayurvedic medicine, the flowers are considered to be anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, and used to slow down tumor growth.  

In India doctors press the flowers and use the juice to soothe sore throats and catarrh.

In Puerto Rico, the flowers are made into an infusion for eye irritations. 

Pods are used in Ayurvedic medicine for liver and spleen imbalance; also for joint pain. Pods are also used in Indo-China for these same problems.  The roots ae pounded, made into a poultice over the joint area that is hurting.  The root is sometimes mixed with rum as a liniment.

Roots are used in India as a laxative, chewed to relieve cold symptoms and fever.  

The root and stem bark is used in Senegal to treat sores and skin infections; a decoction of the root bark, roots, leaves, and flowers is used to treat epilepsy, hysteria, and intestinal spams. In India it is used as a digestive agent;      
In India, the root bark is used for enlargement of the spleen, tumors, ulcers 

Flowers, leaves, and roots are used for various tumors and the seeds for stomach tumors.  

The seed oil is applied externally to relieve pain and swelling in the case of gout, rheumatism, and in skin diseases.   

As you can see every part of the Moringa tree is used for either food or medicine. You need to research this further online if you are interested. My main purpose is to give you an idea of how people in the past and present are using this tree, his leaves, flowers, seeds,bark, and root in their everyday life. They are the experts on Moringa's healing abilities. 

There are pages on the various ways that Moringa leaves, flowers, leaves, bark, and roots are being used by people in different parts of the world. If you have neighbors that came the Philippines, they will be able to give you some excellent first hand knowledge. I encourage readers who have grown up using Moringa to leave comments on how they use it in their family culture.

Research studies will never be as true as is the ages old use of this trees.  If an herb  does not work over time, people will abandon its use for that health problem. If it works, they will continue to use it over hundreds or thousands of years.  Real usage by the people is the ultimate research study which takes place over hundreds of years.

Moringa, Nature's Medicine Cabinet by Sanford Holst is an excellent book to give you great information on every aspect of Moringa Oleifera.   

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I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

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