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Drumstick - Health Benefits of Drumstick
Botanical Name: Moringa oleifera
Family Name : Moringaceae
It's a common vegetable. Its tender pod is used. It is antibacterial and a good cleanser. Drumstick tree is perennial, erect, slender, medium-sized with many arching branches. It has drumstick-like fruits, small white flowers and small and round leaves which are cooked and eaten as vegetable.
Origin and Distribution
All over India and Pakistan.
Properties of drumstick
Stimulant, anti-epileptic rubrifacient, carminative, stomachic, abortif, cardiotonic, antispasmodic, anti-flatulent and antiparalytic.
Forms of Use :- As vegetable, as poultice, as powder.
Medicinal Uses & benefits
- The juice of leaves mixed with milk works as a wonderful tonic for infants and children (two tablespoons juice in a half cup milk will suffice). This tonic gives better results in pregnancy and lactation as it contains iron and minerals.
- The soup of drumstick leaves is very useful in respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis and T.B. This soup is prepared by adding a handful of leaves in a cup of water and is boiled for 10 minutes. It is filtered and cooled. It is taken with little salt, pepper and lime juice (2/3 times/ day).
- The soup of drumstick leaves, flowers & fruits has antibacterial properties like antibiotics and thus successful in preventing infections of throat, chest & skin.
- Flowers boiled in milk are good for sexual debility. It also corrects functional sterility in men and women. For impotency, premature ejaculation and thinness of semen, 100 g dry bark powder boiled 'in 500 ml water for 30 to 40 minutes and 25 ml of this plus two tablespoons honey should be taken 3 times daily for a month.
- A tablespoon of fresh juice of leaves plus honey (2 tablespoonfuls) and a half glass of coconut water is good to combat cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, colitis & jaundice.
- A tablespoon of fresh juice of leaves plus juice of carrot (half glass) or cucumber (half glass) is an effective remedy for scanty urination and constant burning in urethra.
- A poultice of the fresh leaves is applied to wounds, boils and swellings.
- The leaves are applied hot to the scrotum in hydrocele overnight.
- The bland fixed oil extracted from the seed is popularly known as BEN-OIL. It is an aperient. It is applied locally to painful gouty and rheumatic joints.
- The gum that exudes from stem is taken with milk for headache, as well as applied locally.