FUN FACTS 

Botanical name: Moringa oleifera.  AKA 奇蹟辣木 (qí jī là mù), drumstick tree, horseraddish tree, ben tree, malunggay plant, tree of life.  Grows very easily in Austin, TX.  From May to Sept, it reached 13 feet high in my garden.  It can reach as high as 30 to 40 feet in tropical areas.

CONSTITUENTS

Leaves: contains vitamin A, B, C, D and E.   folic acid, pyridoxine, nicotinic acid, tannins, sterols, terpenoidsflavonoidssaponins, anthraquinones,  alkaloids,  glucosinolates,  isothiocyanates,  glycoside compounds and glycerol-1-9-octadecanoate.¹  Pods:  46.78% fiber and 20.66% protein, 30% of amino acid content, palmitic, linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids.¹

Google "Moringa leaves compared to common food"resulted in many charts like the following: 

http://www.moringaleafpowder.co.za/analysis.html

 

USES/BENEFITS 

(Disclaimer) Maringa is a hearty trees used mainly in Asia and Africa, but it's becoming a "super food" in the west, particularly in vitamin, tea, and energy drinks.  In Africa and Asia, it is used for the treatment of ulcer, wound, inflammation, heart problem, cancer, stroke, obesity, anaemia and liver damage.²  Antimicrobial. Scientific studies have substantiated moringa's effect on healing wounds. ³  Moringa oleifera has been shown to have potent antiviral activity. 4  On hypertension, moringa does not reduce blood pressure, but it does reduce nocturnal heart rate and anterior wall thickness, interseptal thickness and relative wall thickness of the heart and fibrosis. 5

Moring Oleifera increases HDL cholesterol and to lower LDL cholesterol and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic rats.6   

The stem bark at a dose of 40 mL BD (made by boiling 15 g of coarse powder in 100 mL water) was effective against urinary tract infection in a clinical study.7

Moringa seeds extracts have been show to reduce severity of colitis/inflammatory bowel disease  in animal studies.  This may be due to its anti-inflammatory effects. 8

Investigation also showed moringa extract to have antidepressant activity in studies with mice.9

This video explains how moringa is harvested and used along with a description of its nutritional content.

 

PRODUCTS

Google "moringa", "moringa oleifera",  or any of the equivalent names, with any of the following categories to find the variety of products.  Below are links to a few examples - not a comprehensive list.

TCM NOTES

This information is for education purposes only.  Seek the advice of your physician before taking any home remedies, herbs, or supplements.

PropertiesTreatmentsUsageCautionsFormulas
Temp Taste Ent. Meridians Photo
Warm
 

Name

奇蹟辣木
qí jī là mù

Pungent

Key Actions

Remove Toxins

Tonifies Blood

Nourish Marrow

Indications/Issues Description / Symptoms Usefulness(1-10)
Malnutrition ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
Hypertension ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
Colitis/ IBD ♦♦♦♦♦♦
Depression ♦♦♦♦
Urinary Tract Infection ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
Cholesterol ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦

 

Actions Actions Actions
Nourishes Blood Tonifies Essence Remove Toxins
Nourish Bone Marrow

DOSAGE information found online

Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

 

 

PARTS USED

• All parts

***Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.***

Contraindications

 

Drugs Interactions

 

Herb Interactions

 

The roots of this herb is an ingredient in the following formulas:

EDITOR NOTES

I have only used the leaves for cooking.  I've made soups several times and I've used the dried leaves in soup and stir fry.  It's a very versatile ingredient.  It doesn't have much flavor or odor on its own, so it's excellent for mixing with any dish.

— Growing Moringa Trees

These trees are extremely low maintenance and tolerant of low watering.  They typically grow in warm/tropical climates.  Mine in Austin, TX dies in the winter and regenerates in March.  I had two outside the raised beds and two inside the raised boxes.  I watered the ones in the raised beds along with the other vegetables. 

I think the ones with less water actually grew taller.  I did not get any pods at all.  I'm told the pods can be eaten like green beans.  I'm going to wrap the stalks this winter to see if they would stay green and become more mature in the next season.  

There are tons of Moringa products online.  Rather than spending money on these expensive supplements, just get yourself a tree if you live warm climates like Texas.  Moringa is also unbelievably easy to propagate.  Just cut a branch and put it into soil.  If you do it in the fall, be sure to bring it in house or the cold weather may kill it.

The leaves are easy to dry too.  Just strip them from the stalks and put them in a paper bag or box.  I line my boxes with paper cookie sheets to keep them clean.  Leave it in a dark and cool area for about 2 weeks.  I'm going to try using the dehydrator next.  I'm told the dehydrator should be set at 118 degrees for about 24 hours.  Then I'm going to try making powder out of them.

my dried Moringa leaves

— Recipes

Moringa with sausage and chicken broth

Moringa leaves with chicken broth and sausage

1 32 oz box of organic Chicken broth

6 cups (or more if desired) of Moringa leave

1 pound kielbasa sausage (or any meat you like)

1/2 medium onion

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot, bring chicken broth to boil.  Add Moringa leaves and onion, let it cook for 15 minutes.  Add sausage.  Salt and pepper to taste.  It's just that easy.

 

REFERENCES

  1. Gopalakrishnan L, Doriya K, Kumar DS.  Moringa oleifera: A review on nutritive importance and its medicinal application Food Science and Human Wellness.  Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2016, Pages 49-56
  2. Aja PM, Nwachukwu N, Ibiam UA, Igwenyi IO, Offor CE, Orji UO Chemical Constituents of Moringa oleifera Leaves and Seeds from Abakaliki, Nigeria.  American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics.   Vol2, No 3 (2014).
  3.  Gothai S, Arulselvan P, Tan WS, Fakurazi S. Wound healing properties of ethyl acetate fraction of Moringa oleifera in normal human dermal fibroblasts.  Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2016 Jan-Feb; 5(1): 1–6.
  4. Younus I, Siddig A, Ishaq H, Anwer L, Badar S, Ashraf M.  Evaluation of antiviral activity of plant extracts against foot and mouth disease virus in vitro.  Pak J Pharm Sci. 2016 Jul;29(4):1263-8.
  5. Randriamboavonjy JI, Loirand G, Vaillant N, Lauzier B, Derbré S, Michalet S, Pacaud P, Tesse A.  Cardiac Protective Effects of Moringa oleifera Seeds in Spontaneous Hypertensive Rats.  Am J Hypertens. 2016 Jul;29(7):873-81.
  6. Almatrafi M, Vergara-Jimenez M, Murillo A, Norris G, Blesso C, Fernandez M. Moringa Leaves Prevent Hepatic Lipid Accumulation and Inflammation in Guinea Pigs by Reducing the Expression of Genes Involved in Lipid Metabolism.  Published online 2017 Jun 22.
  7. Maury SK, Singh AK. Clinical Efficacy of Moringa oleifera Lam. Stems Bark in Urinary Tract Infections.   International Scholarly Research Notices.  Volume 2014, Article ID 906843, 7 page
  8. Triantafillidis J, Triantafyllidi A, Vagianos C, Papalois A.  Favorable results from the use of herbal and plant products in inflammatory bowel disease: evidence from experimental animal studies.  Ann Gastroenterol. 2016 Jul-Sep; 29(3): 268–281.
  9. Kaur G, Ivally M, Sanzagiri R, Buttar H. Evaluation of the antidepressant activity of Moringa oleifera alone and in combination with fluoxetine.  J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2015 Oct-Dec; 6(4): 273–279.
The information in this post came from many sources, including class notes, practitioners, websites, webinars, books, magazines, and editor's personal experience.   Always consult a doctor prior to using herbal medicine.  The information here is strictly for educational purposes.

 

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