Okra (Lady’s Finger) Medicinal Uses

The leaves are recommended as hot poultice, also as decoction, in cases of pneumonia and bronchitis.


Okra is an annual, erect, stout-stemmed, bristly herb, growing up to 2 meters. The leaves are angular, long-stalked, and coarsely toothed. The single flower located in the axiles of the leaves is pale yellow in color. The fruit is an elongated pod (capsule). It is slimy when cut for cooking. It is grown in tropical and subtropical countries.

Parts Used: The whole plant


Medicinal Use

  • Soothes and protects the alimentary tract
  • It acts as a softener of inflamed parts
  • Relieves flatulence and griping pains from the stomach and bowels
  • Prevents or cures spasms
  • A laxative
  • Controls pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis, urinary problems, and heart diseases

How to Use

  • The leaves are recommended as hot poultice, also in decoction, in cases of pneumonia and bronchitis. For the same disease, a tea of the flowers and the fruit is prepared by decoction which is taken with a little honey.
  • The decoction of the root is recommended for inflamed mucous membrane of the urethra and vagina, infectious venereal diseases and other genital problems
  • The seeds are used for heart diseases. They are roasted and prepared as a tea, four to five glasses are to be taken per day.
  • The unripe fruit is used for pulmonary tuberculosis.

To know more on how to prepare and use herbs, visit How to Use Plant Material as Medicine

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  1. great share

  2. I like okra. As a kid I didn’t like it but as an adult I do. My father use to eat it cut up with his collar greens.

  3. Once again you did excellent research. I had no idea that okra was this helpful for you. I have never had it before, but I think I may have to get it now.

  4. I like okra, I had no idea just how good for the health they are. Thanks for another great article, goift.

  5. Informative article.

  6. Talaga? Laxative lang ang alam kong gamit ng okra. Salamat.

  7. Nice Share.


  8. okra controls pneumonia…i didn’t knew that.

  9. I thought this was going to be like my cannibalism article with the ladies fingers! LOL…how wrong I was. This was a very informative article. I have never had Okra, it is not a common plant here but with all these benefits I shall be on the look out!

  10. AQh! I hate eating okra, masyadong madulas sa lalamunan, pero dami pala beneficial uses nito.

  11. Sounds like something I know. Lady’s finger?

  12. Well-written post. Thanks for sharing this one.

  13. Men love a lady’s finger. lol. Informative, gift.

  14. wow, nice post here, Gift. I love to eat lady’s finger, without knowing the name “okra”, and don’t know about the plant and the benefits. I love the pic here whereby the cut them in tiny pieces like flowers, very nice.

  15. great share

  16. I like fried okra, I didn’t know it was medicinal.

  17. Okra’s another name is interesting. The fruit looks like a finger. I will give this tall lady a try. Great share.

  18. i really hate okra.hehe but its really good to know all these benefits. =p

  19. Nice share i like it

  20. Nice share Gift cheers

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