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General information about MORINGA
Moringa is a plant native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds and root are used to make medicines.
Moringa is used for "tired blood" (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; Cancer; constipation; diabetes; Diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach ache; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; Heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections.
Moringa is also used to reduce swelling, increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac), prevent pregnancy, boost the immune system and increase breast milk production. Some people use it as a nutritional supplement or tonic.
Moringa is sometimes applied directly on the skin as a germicide or drying agent (astringent). It is also used topically to treat bags of infection (abscesses), athlete's foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snake bites, warts and wounds.
Moringa seed oil is used in foods, perfumes and hair care products, and as a lubricant for machines.
Moringa is an important source of food in some parts of the world. Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain many vitamins and minerals when they are dried, moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to combat malnutrition. The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds are removed from the more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The leaves are cooked and used as spinach, and also dried and powdered for use as a seasoning.
The seed cake that remains after oil extraction is used as fertilizer and also to purify the well water and remove salt from seawater.
How does it work?
Moringa contains proteins, vitamins and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells from damage.
Uses: Uses and efficacy of MORINGA | TAKEN BY THE MOUTH
- Asthma. In an initial study, taking 3 grams of moringa twice a day for three weeks reduced the symptoms of asthma and the severity of asthma attacks in adults.
- Increasing the production of breast milk. Preliminary evidence suggests that taking 250 mg of a specific moringa supplement (Natalac) twice a day after delivery increases breast milk production.
- "Tired blood" (anemia).
- Natality control.
- Stomach pain (gastritis)
- Stomach and intestinal ulcers
- Heart problems.
- High blood pressure
- Kidney stones
- Swelling (inflammation)
- Thyroid disorders.
- As a nutritional supplement.
- Stimulating immunity
- Increasing sexual desire
- Other conditions.
APPLIED TO THE SKIN
- Athlete's foot.
- Skin infections
- Snake bites
- Gum disease (gingivitis).
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to qualify moringa for these uses.
MORINGA Side effects and safety
Moringa is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth and used properly. The leaves, fruits and seeds can be safe when consumed as food. However, it is important to avoid eating the root and its extracts. These parts of the plant may contain a toxic substance that can cause paralysis and death. Moringa has been safely used in doses of up to 6 grams daily for up to 3 weeks.
There is not enough information to know if moringa is safe when used in medicinal quantities.
Special precautions and warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is PROBABLY UNSAFE to use the root, bark or moringa flowers if you are pregnant. The chemicals in the root, bark and flowers can cause the uterus to contract, and this could cause a miscarriage. There is not enough information available on the safety of using other parts of moringa during pregnancy. Stay safe and avoid using it.
Moringa is sometimes used to increase the production of breast milk. Some research suggests that it could do this, however, there is not enough information to know if it is safe for the infant. Therefore, it is better to avoid moringa if you are breastfeeding.
The proper dose of moringa depends on several factors, such as the user's age, health and various other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate dose range for moringa. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and doses can be important. Be sure to follow the relevant instructions on the product labels and consult your pharmacist or doctor or other health professional before using.