Traditional Uses

All plant parts of Moringa oleifera are traditionally used for different purposes, but leaves are generally the most used. In particular, they are used in human and animal nutrition and in the traditional medicine.

Leaves are rich in protein, mineral, beta-carotene and antioxidant compounds, which are often lacking among the populations of underdeveloped or developing countries. Moringa leaves are added to food preparations as integrators of the diet.

In traditional medicine, these leaves are used to treat several ailments including malaria, typhoid fever, parasitic diseases, arthritis, swellings, cuts, diseases of the skin, genito-urinary ailments, hypertension and diabetes.
Similarly, the use of seeds concerns both human nutrition and traditional medicine.

Barks are boiled in water and soaked in alcohol to obtained drinks and infusions that can be used to treat stomach ailments (ease stomach pain, ulcer and aiding digestion), poor vision, joint pain, diabetes, anemia and hypertension, toothache, hemorrhoids, uterine disorder. In a well known practice, Moringa seeds are used to sediment impurities of water.

Reference: International Journal of Molecular Sciences ISSN 1422-0067


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