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. Some of these traditional uses reflect the nutritional content of the various tree parts. The following are but some of the ways the tree is used in Asia, Africa and the Americas. In recent years, laboratory investigation has confirmed the efficacy of some of these applications.
Keep in mind that there are many traditional uses that have not been tested. Recent lab testing is beginning to prove that the many uses of Moringa have indeed, substantial health benefits. For many, lab testing is not necessary. In countries such as the Philippines, Moringa has been a folk remedy used for many generations. There is no concern 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 much more on testing than on their own experience. While Moringa has been safely used for hundreds of years, there are a few instances where there is cause for concern. Pregnant mothers are advised to consult their health care providers when using during pregnancy. Some people can experience a detox effect if the amount 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 consider this a side effect 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 tonify the liver. There are multiple studies (www.pubmed.org) that show benefits to the liver, even liver failure.
Detoxification – Moringa is used to reduce inflammation and in this process takes out toxins.
Antibotic – Moringa is used as a topical and internal treatment for minor infections. Its antibiotic property is identified as Pterygospermin, a bacterial and fungicidal compound. Its chemical description is glucosinolate 4 alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy benzyl isothiocyanate.
Skin Treatment – Moringa leaf and seed oil has great healing benefits for the skin. They can be used to treat cuts, scrapes, sores, and rashes as well as cracking and other signs of aging. The Seed Oil is cell-regenerative, working to heal scars and wrinkles. It has also been used for eczema and shingles.
Anti-inflammatory – Moringa is also found to be effective in trauma initiated chronic swelling.
Diabetes – An extract from the Moringa leaf has been shown to be effective in lowering blood sugar levels within 3 hours of ingestion. Though less effectively than the standard hypoglycemic drug, glibenclamide. The effects increased with larger doses.
Adaptogen– Moringa works to bring the body to a balanced state of health – capable of toning down or strengthening the activity of the bodies hyper functioning systems, depending on your body’s needs.
Rejuvenating – restorative Chi tonic, increasing the bodies’ resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety, and fatigue.
For more medicinal studies go to www.pubmed.org
- have a stabilizing effect on blood pressure and is used to treat anxiety. It is believed to control glucose levels in cases of diabetes
- mixed with honey and followed by a drink of coconut milk 2 or 3 times a day, leaves are
- used as a remedy for diarrhea, dysentery and colitis.
- used as a diuretic.
- eating leaves is recommended in cases of gonorrhea because of the diuretic action.
- a poultice is made from leaves and applied to reduce glandular swelling
- used as a skin antiseptic
- used to treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy, and catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane)
- anthelminic (used to kill intestinal worms)
- used as a purgative
- used to increase woman’s milk production
- used to treat anemia
It is best known as an excellent source of nutrition and natural energy booster. This energy boost is not based on sugar, or caffeine so it is sustained.
Source: Moringa Nature’s Medicine Chest – Sanford Holst