Moringa´s medicinal uses in healing and prevention
✦ Wraps made from fresh leaves and placed on small cuts, help to stop bleeding or skin irritation from insect bites.
✦ The leaves also have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and hence leaves extracts work against bacterial and fungal skin irritation.
✦ Tea made from Moringa leaves helps relieve stomach ulcers and diarrhea disorders (Malawi).
✦ The leaves are used against fever, bronchitis, eye and ear infections as well as inflammation of the mucous membranes and help treat anemia due to their high iron content.
✦ The seed powder is suitable for the treatment of bacterial skin infections.
✦ Due to its high protein and fiber content, Moringa is used as a nutritional food for people suffering from malnutrition.
✦ Because of its diuretic effect, the flower juice also helps improve urinary tract problems.
✦ Moreover, tea made from the flowers is also effective against common colds (Haiti).
✦ The pods contain a lot of protein and fiber. This could in turn be used against malnutrition and diarrhea.
✦ Due to their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties the seed is used against arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramps, STDs, and to cure boils. The seeds are roasted, crushed, mixed with coconut oil and then applied to the treatment area. The seed oil can be used to treat the same symptoms.
✦ The diuretic effect of Moringa is attributed to the roasted seeds and the oil.
✦ The seeds are also used against epilepsy and as a soothing agent.
✦ Moringa seeds contain the antibiotic and antifungal agent - Tery gospermin - and are effective against skin bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which cause inflammation.
Moringa Roots, Bark & Resin
The roots and bark have the same properties as described above, but in higher concentrations. Hence, they should be used cautiously.
✦ The roots and bark are used for heart and circulatory problems, as nerve tonic and for anti-inflammatory purposes. In addition, the bark stimulates appetite and promotes digestion. The nerve-paralyzing substance in the roots can sometimes be an advantage.
✦ In Senegal, India and the roots are pounded and mixed with salt to prepare a poultice for the treatment of rheumatism and joint pain. In Senegal, such a wrap also helps relieve pain and lower back as well as kidney pain.
✦ The branches are widely used as animal feed.
✦ The resin acts as a diuretic, costive and abortifacient. It also helps against asthma.
✦ The oil helps with hysteria, scurvy, prostate problems and urinary disorders.
✦ The people in Oman use Moringa oil to treat indigestion. The oil is also used in perfumes and hair oil as well as cosmetics.
Similarly, the Siddha Medicine is assertive of the healing properties of Moringa tree.
Perhaps it is interesting to note that the seeds were used as a sexual enhancer for men with erectile dysfunction and would also increase libido in women.