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Moringa Oleifera “malunggay”:anti Liver Disease,gout,milk Production and Other Medicinal Uses

Lactating mothers are advised to eat the young Moringa oleifera"malunggay" leaves to stimulate the production of milk. The leaves eases digestion, constipation, hysteria and flatulence (gas formation in the alimentary canal). The leaf extract, when used as a poultice and applied to abdomen rids one of intestinal worms. The leaf extract mixed with honey as a solution can be used as healing ointment for the eyes. Methiamine, an amino acid found in leaves, young pods and seeds is used to treat a certain liver disease. The root of Moringa oleifera "malunggay" tree when decocted(solution formed by boiling the roots in water) is said to revive delirious patients as well as to act as disinfectants for some ulcers. The juice of the roots when mixed with milk can be used as decoction for hiccups, asthma, gout, lumbago and rheumatism.

Description

The Moringa Oleifera “malunggay” is a small vegetable tree which grows to a height of about  8 meters, more or less.  The leaves which are pinnate in form, the white flowers and the long young pods and seeds are edible.  The “malunggay” leaves which contain phosphorus, calcium and iron are commonly eaten as vegetable either cooked with chicken, pork, fish or shrimp or eaten as fresh salad.  The bean oil from the “malunggay” seeds can be used to liven up salads and other culinary items.  The young flowers and fruits can also be eaten as salad.

 Moringa oleifera)”Malunggay”

Medicinal Uses of “Malunggay”

1.  The “malunggay” leaves are used as poultice in reducing glandular swellings.  To make this poultice, the leaves are heated or boiled and spread on a piece of soft cloth and applied on the swollen spots.  

2.  lactating mothers are advised to eat the young “malunggay” leaves to stimulate the production of milk.  

3.  The leaves eases digestion, constipation, hysteria and flatulence (gas formation in the alimentary canal).  

4.  The leaf extract, when used as a poultice and applied to abdomen rids one of intestinal worms.  

5.  The leaf extract mixed with honey as a solution can be used as healing ointment for the eyes.  Crushed leaves can be used as poultice for small cuts and bruises.  

6.  Methiamine, an amino acid found in leaves, young pods and seeds is used to treat a certain liver disease.  

7.  The root of “malunggay” tree when decocted(solution formed by boiling the roots in water) is said to revive delirious patients  as well as to act as disinfectants for some ulcers.  

9.  The juice of the roots when mixed with milk can be used as decoction for hiccups, asthma, gout, lumbago and rheumatism.  

10.  The bark of the tree can be used as rubefacient (an external application) against snake bites to prevent the spreading of venom in the body. 

Nutritive Value of Moringa “Malunggay”

1.  Moringa “Malunggay” contains more calcium and vitamin A, B, and C than other leafy vegetables.

2.  Nutrition experts say that 200 grams of fresh  Moringa “malunggay” leaves is as nutritious  as four eggs and two grams of milk.

3.  Experts also point out that 100 grams of Moringa “malunggay” leaves provide 75 calories of food energy, 6n grams of protein, 13 grams of carbohydrate and 353 milligrams of calcium.

4.  Moringa “Malunggay” has more niacin, thiamine and, phosphorus and ascorbic acid, too, than any other vegetables.  Moreover, it has an iron compound that helps prevent anemia.

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Matthew 4:23 (New International Version) Jesus Heals the Sick

 23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

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16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Reference:

Philippine Herbs (Medicinal Plants for Barangay Herbal Garden), Editha M. Alcodia and Rolando E. Cabanting, R. Obed’s Enterprises, Philippines 1996

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