Moringa Oleifera

Taxonomic Name: Moringa oleifera

Botanical Family: Moringaceae

Other Common Name: Horseradish tree, drumstick tree, African moringa, radish tree, arango, badumbo, ben, bentree, ben oil tree, caragua, murunga, murinna, moringo, la mu shu, maranga- calalu, teberindo.

Typical names in Spanish:
Moringa, acacia, árbol de las perlas, brotón, caraño, chinto- borrego, flor de jacinto, jacinto, palo jeringa, paraíso, paraíso blanco, paraíso de España, perla, perla de la India, perla de Oriente, picante blanco, San Jacinto, sasafrás.

Parts of the plant used:
The leaves, bark, fruit, and root.

Where is it found?
This small to medium-sized tree grows in India, along with in other parts of Asia. It is also cultivated in different parts of Africa, Australia, and the American tropics, consisting of Mexico.

How is it used?
Moringa leaves, seeds, bark, roots, sap, and flowers are typically utilized in the standard medicine of numerous countries worldwide, and the leaves and immature seed pods are utilized as food in human nutrition. Different parts of the plant are decocted in water and taken as a tea. The bark, flowers, and leaves can be crushed and applied topically for the treatment of various skin disorders. Moringa is reputed to have crucial dietary residential or commercial properties, and can be found in capsules, sold as a nutritional supplement in specific organic food shops.

What is it used for?
Moringa is an important medicinal plant in the three primary standard medical systems of India: Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani, and is used alone or in combination with various medical plants. The plant is commonly used in African and Asian herbal remedies for the treatment of transmittable, cardiovascular, intestinal, hepatic, and different other disorders, including various types of cancer.

In Mexico, the plant is utilized to treat anemia, asthma, brain tonic, lower high blood pressure, as an endocrine regulator, as an anti-inflammatory, versus alopecia, for weight loss, liver problems, and to reinforce the kidneys.

The flowers, leaves, and roots are utilized in folk medicine of various nations for tumors, while the seed is utilized for abdominal growths. A preparation of the root is utilized for dropsy (retention of liquids in the body). The juice obtained from the root juice is used topically as counter-irritant or rubefacient (to promote blood circulation to the skin). The leaves are used externally as a plaster to treat sores, rubbed on the temples for headaches, and have purgative actions. The bark, leaves, and roots have an acrid and pungent taste, and are required to promote digestion. The oil gotten from the seeds can be hazardous if consumed however is applied topically for skin diseases. The decoction made from the seed is a really strong laxative. Preparations made from the bark are utilized versus scurvy (vitamin C shortage). The bark exudes a reddish gum similar in homes to tragacanth; and is used for diarrhea. The roots have a bitter taste and are thought about to have a tonic action on the body and lungs. They are likewise utilized as emmenagogues (to promote menstruation), expectorants, moderate diuretics and stimulants for paralytic issues, along with epilepsy and hysteria. The seeds are used to cleanse water.

Numerous clinical studies utilizing powdered Moringa entire leaf preparations have demonstrated its anti-hyperglycemic (anti-diabetic) and anti-dyslipidemic actions in human beings. These actions have been verified utilizing extracts along with powdered leaves in animal studies. Alcoholic extracts gotten from the leaves possess a variety of supplementary biological activities including antioxidant, protective results on the liver, kidneys, heart, testes, and lungs, as well as analgesic, antiulcer, antihypertensive, radio-protective, and immune-modulating activities. The plant's diverse active ingredients (phytochemicals), such as polyphenols and phenolic acids, as well as flavonoids, glucosinolates, and alkaloids have actually been pointed out as perhaps being accountable for the observed impacts.

A study by Yassa and Tohamy in 2014 evaluated possible antioxidant and anti-diabetic results of a Moringa leaf aqueous extract for the treatment of streptozotocin-induced diabetic albino rats. The outcomes of the research study revealed that the aqueous leaf extract was a powerful anti-diabetic representative.

A research study undertaken by Madi et al. in 2016 utilizing a Moringa powdered leaf preparation on various cancer cell lines revealed that the aqueous preparation decreased the viability of HepG2, CaCo2, Jurkat, and HEK293 cells. The outcomes of the research study showed that the plant extract had anti-cancerous impacts which its cytotoxic effect on A549 cancer cells was due to its results upon mitochondrial practicality along with inducing apoptosis (set cell death) by the production of free radicals or in a reactive oxygen types (ROS) reliant manner.

Moringin is among different phytochemical compounds consisted of in Moringa, kept in mind for its chemo-preventive and medical properties. This substance might have the ability inhibit important signaling pathways that are often upregulated in cancer and immune diseases. Research studies have shown that the glucosinolate compounds present in Moringa may have a positive function in the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, inflammatory conditions, and immune disorders.

Tiloke et al. during 2016 examined the antiproliferative impact of a Moringa cude liquid leaf extract on a cancerous esophageal cell line. The outcomes of the study revealed that the plant extract put in antiproliferative impacts on the cancer cells by increasing lipid peroxidation, DNA fragmentation, and induction of configured cell death (apoptosis).

A research study by Tiloke et al. in 2013 looked into the antiproliferative result of a Moringa aqueous leaf extract on cancerous A549 lung cells. The outcomes of the research study showed that the plant extract impacted the cancer cells by causing apoptosis or configured cell death.


Moringa's safety during pregnancy and lactation has not been developed.
Don't use during pregnancy and lactation.

Extracts made from the root, leaves, and bark of the tree have been shown to possess abortifacient action in laboratory animals.

Before you decide to take any medical herb or organic supplement, be sure to seek advice from your health care expert initially. Prevent self-diagnosis and self-medication: Always be on the safe side!