What is Moringa?
It is probably the first question which comes to mind for someone who is reading for first time. Moringa is known as magical tree with tremendous uses and health benefits. Today usage of moringa has been encouraged by various humanitarian organizations to combat malnutrition in various parts of globe. In 2008, National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services featured Moringa in their “Mystery Plant Challenge”.
It is said that Moringa tree originated in Northern India and its uses and benefits date almost 5000 years ago. Ancient Indian medicinal writings have mention of Moringa tree and health benefits of moringa. Roman, Greek and Egyptian civilizations used moringa for its medicinal value, protect skin and purify drinking water.
The name is derived from the Tamil word murungai. There are around 13 species of the plant and widely cultivated one is Moringa oleifera. It is also known as Drumstick tree, (Horse)radish tree, Mother’s best friend or West Indian ben. The tree is named as Munga, Sondna or Segva in Hindi language.
Health benefits of moringa are many and recent studies have showed that moringa has health benefits on more than 30 ailments. Moringa has been used in various traditional medicine for treatment of Anemia, Anxiety, Asthma, Blackheads, Blood impurities, Blood pressure, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Chest congestion, Cholera, Colitis, Conjunctivitis, Cough, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Dropsy, Dysentery, Eye and ear infections, Fever, Glandular swelling, Gonorrhea, Headaches, Hysteria, Intestinal worms, Jaundice, Lactation, Malaria, Pain in joints, Pimples, Pregnancy, Psoriasis, Respiratory disorders, Scurvy, Semen deficiency, Skin infections, Sore throat, Sores, Sprain, Stomach ulcers, Tuberculosis, Tumor, Urinary disorders, Wounds. It shall not be exaggeration to mention that the list is incomplete. Moringa is powerhouse of nutrients, phytonutrients and other chemicals which are responsible for its health benefits.