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Malunggay (Moringa): The Drugstore in Your Backyard

Updated on October 14, 2010
Malunggay (Moringa) Leaves
Malunggay (Moringa) Leaves

Scientific name: Moringa oelifera

Malunggay (Moringa) leaves was once considered a "poor man's vegetables" but now it is known as a "miracle tree" or "nature's medicine cabinet" by scientists and health care workers from around the world because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals that can be an effective remedy against many kinds of ailments. It is also called "drugstore in your backyard"

All parts of the malunggay tree are usable for nutritional and medicinal purposes - from the roots, trunk, and branches to the leaves, flowers, and seeds. The leaves are famous vegetable ingredient in soup, fish and chicken dishes. The roots are used to make tea, while the trunk, after it's scraped and squeezed for its juice is used to clean wounds.

The trees can be found in countries of Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. These plants are "low maintenance," requiring little to no care. You can plant the branches and it will grow on its own.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health is already promoting Malunggay (Moringa) to malnourished and poor family. So that they can get the right nutrients needed by their body even without buying costly foods.

Health Benefits:

- helps strengthens the immune system.

- helps restores skin condition, controls blood pressure, relieves headaches and migraines.

- helps strengthen the eye muscles.

- helpS heal inflammation of the joints and tendons.

- prevents intestinal worms.

- helps increase semen count.

- helps normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes.

- it has anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that help stop the growth of cancer cells.

- helps relax and promotes good night sleep.

- used to treat fever and asthma.

- help heals ulcers.

- it is high in calcium (four times the calcium in milk), therefore lactating mothers are advised to consume malunggay leaves to produce more milk for their babies.

- contains three times the potassium in bananas.

- contain four times the vitamin A in carrots.

- An ounce of malunggay has the same Vitamin C content as seven oranges.

- contain two times the protein in milk.

- Moringa seed is used to clean dirty or polluted water.

Malunggay Medicinal Benefits

It is expensive if you get sick. We need to spend thousands to pay for our health. With the re-discoveries of malunggay (moringa) and its therapeutic effects more people can save now to sustain healthy life.

It is said to be helpful for curing about 300 diseases,sickness and different illness because of its immense natural nutrients.

Many research and studies has been made and show significant report.

Malunggay is said to be beneficial to health by:

1. Strengthening the immune system.

2. Restoring skin condition.

3. Controlling the blood pressure.

4. Handling headaches and migraines.

5. Reducing imflammations and arthritis.

6. Managing diabetes sugar level.

7. Exterminating parasites in the intestines.

8. Fighting other infections such as gum infection,prostate infection and even hairfall.

9. Further studies stated that it is effective on supporting cancer treatments too.

Below are other therapeutic claims associated to Malunggay (Moringa):

* Antimicrobial/Biocidal

o Anti-Bacterial

o Anthelmintic

o Bronchitis

o Common cold

o Dental Caries/Toothache

o Earache

o Epstein-Bar Virus (EBV)

o External sores/Ulcers

o Fever

o Helminthes or parasitic Worms

o Hepatic (Hepa A or B)

o Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1)


Malunggay has vitamins and minerals contents that may work as an immune stimulant to help people diagnosed and control the condition of a person with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) or are HIV-positive.

o Infection

o Syphilis

o Throat infection

o Trypanosomes

Trypanosomes are parasites which manage to escape man`s immune response.

o Typhoid

o Urinary Tract Infection

o Warts

o Asthma

* Cancer Therapy/Protection

o Anti-Tumor

o Prostate

o Radio Protective

o Skin cancer

* Circulatory/Endocrine Disorders

o Anti-Anemic

o Anti-Hypertensive

o Cardio tonic

o Diabetes/Hypogclycemia

o Diuretic

o Hepatorenal

o Hypocholestemia

o Thyroid

* Detoxification

o Scorpion bite

o Snakebite

* Digestive Disorders

o Colitis

o Diarrhea

o Digestive

o Dysentery

o Flatulence

Flatulence is the emission of a mixture of gases called 'flatus' present in the intestine.

o Ulcer/Gastritis

* Inflammation

o Arthritis

o Joint pain

o Rheumatism

* Nervous Disorders

o Anti-spasmodic

o Epilepsy

o Headache

o Hysteria

* Nutritional

o Anti-nutritional factors

o Antioxidant

o Carotenoids

o Energy

o Goitrogen

o Iron Deficiency

o Protein

* Vitamins/Minerals Deficiency

A deficiency of any one of vitamins and minerals nutrients can lead to health problems.

Some of the problems caused by deficient diets are well known:

o Vitamin A Deficiency can cause intestinal and respiratory infection, poor hair quality, eyeball pain, poor eyesight, night blindness and xerophthalmia

o Vitamin B 1 Deficiency can cause easy fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation, impaired memory and ability to concentrate, beri-beri.

o Vitamin B 2 Deficiency can cause bloodshot or tired eyes, inflammation and ulcers on the tongue and lips, hair loss, vertigo, slow-learning and insomnia.

o Vitamin C Deficiency can cause bleeding and inflammation of the gums, loosening of the teeth, weakness, lassitude and scurvy.

o Vitamin E Deficiencies in children can result in irritability, water retention and hemolytic anemia. In adults, deficiencies can cause lethargy, apathy, lack of concentration, muscle weakness, irritability and decreased sexual interest.

o Carbohydrates Deficiency can cause the body to divert proteins and body fat to produce needed energy.

o Calcium Deficiencies can cause rickets, bone pain and muscle weakness.

o Copper Deficiencies in babies can cause depigmentation of skin and hair, slow growth and diarrhea. In adults it can result in anemia, irritability, brittle bones, loss of hair color and loss of sense of taste.

o Iron Deficiency can cause anemia, tiredness, headaches, insomnia and palpitations. In children, deficiency can cause slow growth and impaired mental performance.

o Magnesium Deficiencies can result in weakness, tiredness, vertigo, convulsions, nervousness, cramps and heart palpitations.

o Phosphorus Deficiency can lead to loss of appetite, weakness, bone pain and mental confusion.

o Potassium Deficiencies can cause vomiting, acute muscle weakness, loss of appetite and coma.

o Proteins Deficiency can cause growth retardation, muscle wasting, kwashiorkor and edema (abnormal swelling; collection of fluids in the body).

The leaves are outstanding as a source of vitamins A and, when raw, vitamin C. They are also a good source of B vitamins and among the best plant sources of minerals.

* Reproductive Health

o Abortifacient

o Aphrodisiac

o Lactation Enhancer

* Skin Disorders

o Antiseptic

o Rubefacient

Rubefacient is a substance that irritates the skin and causing redness.

o Vesicant

* General Disorders/Conditions

o Catarrh

Catarrh is an inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat.

o Gout

o Hepatamegaly

It is the condition which means you have an oversized or enlarged liver.

o Lactation

o Low back/Kidney pain

o Scurvy and Tonic

o Splenomegaly

You can eat malunggay (moringa) leaves together with your favorite dish or drink capsules. Another option would be Malunggay (Moringa) Tea which is available in the market. For home grown trees. The leaves can be processed and made into capsules for daily personal consumption.

Process on how to make malunggay (moringa) powder:

1. Harvest the leaves of Malunggay (Moringa). Place in a winnow or a net to air dry the leaves. Let it hang on an airy place but not under the sun. Placing the leaves under the sun will cause it to discolor.

2. After 2 or 3 days depending on the weather, you can check the leaves if its already crispy. Then cook the leaves for about 2 minutes in a frying pan.

3. Pound or ground the leaves until it turns to powder. 

4. Now you can either put it in an empty gel capsule, which is available in drugstores or you can use it as tea.

Malunggay (Moringa capsules
Malunggay (Moringa capsules


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      grace 2 years ago

      Nabasa ko bawal daw sa buntis ang malunggay

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      Jessa 3 years ago

      Kuya, what's your name? I need to put you on my reference for our SIP

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      amesth24 3 years ago

      panu po pag may epilepsy ang isang tao,. puwede po bang makaiom ng malunggay capsule (moringa) sila,. ilang capsule po ba ang maaaring nilang mainom?

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      rookieinquisitor 3 years ago

      mornga appear to have many benefits but what are the side effects? I hear it is estrogenic and decreases testosterone levels(certainly don't want that!)?

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      rods 01 3 years ago

      anu po ang side effects ng malunggay capsule kapag araw araw ka umiinom ng malunggay capsule.? ilan po b tlga ang iniinom n capsule bawat araw? 28 yaers old npo aq ngaun. kahit po b walang advice ang doc.pwede po mag try ng malunggay capsule?

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      jennet 49 3 years ago

      hello!po paano po ba gumawa ng malunggay capsule..? kasi po ang asawa ko po ay may hika.

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      virgie31 3 years ago

      hello poh paano po gumawa ng malunggay capsule...?

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      angela rinon 4 years ago

      hi po s angela po i2 35yrs old n po me at ang aswa ko po ay 45yrs old n wla po p po kming ank 8yrs n po kming ngssma ng pcheck-up n po kmi s OBY ok nmn po ung ovary ko ung uterus ko ay nkatom ay ung sperm ng aswa ko ay malbnaw po ay wla npong buhay ang knyng asperm. sna po m2lungan po ninyo p kmi at ng malunggay

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      jonjon1968 4 years ago

      hi diz z jon...effectve b tlga z my hepa yan kz from 2009 my hepa b n q..ok lng b ung mismong hlman ng mlungay o capsule ang effective?

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      milts 4 years ago

      hi howlong ba ang treatment for hepa b

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      venjie 4 years ago

      Hello ask ko lng paano po gamitin ang malunggay sa buhok?

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      Nelle33 4 years ago

      Hi po ask ko LNG po if malunggay coffee still have same benefits in capsule. Coffee lover po kz q. And ask ko LNG po is this herbal meds can alleviate po NG dizziness coz that's my prob. Right now. I went to my doctor last month and I undergone blood test to ruled out if I'm anemic pro normal nman lahat yung test he said maybe stress or fatigue or eye, ear prob. That cause my dizziness been taking my multivitamin with iron. And ngayon po nahihilo n nmn aq. But manageable nmn maybe malunggay will help me. To boost my immune system. And iron level. Tnx po

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      lhiza 4 years ago

      pd po b xang gamot s herpes?

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      Jake Rance 4 years ago

      Hi im jeck got problem about having pain lower back, lower tummy (puson) having at same time constipated just before my menstration a week or two can malunggay help me? Its been ages now im im 51 years of age also I gota weak pelvic muscle and its really uncomfortable cant control my water to pass every I cough, and sneeze please kindly help me im so desperate.... many thanks

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      caz 4 years ago

      Hi po ask ko lang po.. I have a acne and almost 1yr. Na ako may ganito.. makakatulong din po ba to malungay capsule pra mawala to? Thankyou

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      rose 4 years ago

      Mr.Aparri pnu po gwin ung malunggay capsule.may project kc kmi pwd q po b gawin un.tanxGod Bless

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      John 4 years ago

      Hi Po, safe po ba gamitin yung empty gel capsule ng mercury drug store? Vegetarian campsule po ba ito? Baka kasi yung lever naman mag ka problima just because of the empty capsule that is being used. Thank po!

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      joyce 4 years ago

      Hello. Nag hahanap po ako ng vitamins para sa baby ko. Ka2 2yrs old lang nya lastmonth. Mahina kc siyang kumain. Kaya nag aalala ako. Pwde ba yan sakanya? Please help me po sa pag pili ng vitamins para sa baby ko. Thx and godbless

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      kishyel 4 years ago

      Ilang capsul po ba ang dapat e take pag me alergic rhinitis or asthma.

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      snafu0312 4 years ago from Quezon City

      pwede kang kumuha ng mga informations from the net regarding sa mga benefits na nakukuha sa malunggay. Then gawa ka fliers o di kaya magkwento ka sa kanila kung ano ang naging benefit nito sa yo. Ika nga testimony is the best advertisement

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      snafu0312 4 years ago from Quezon City

      @pen...sorry for the delay sa sagot ko. Yup may available na malunggay capsule sa mercury drug. P10.00 per piece yata. As a nursing mother dapat at least 6 capsules a day. Kung medyo namamahalan ka gawa ka na lang ng malunggay juice okay din yun.

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      pen 4 years ago

      hi.. gusto ko po mlman as a mother gusto ko po mragdagan ng milk ang breast ko..kc po mga 15 days lang ako yta ngpabreastfeed using pumping only...may moringa capsule ba sa mercury drug? may iba pa bang capsule na pwedi irecommend sakin? ilang beses po in 1day? kasi po gusto ko pong mgpabreastfeed talaga..nung sa first baby ko i breastfeed in 1year..i felt sad for may baby may baby is almost 1month old..

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      Josh 4 years ago

      Pano po ba Mai promote ang malunggay saisang community Sa aking idad na 13

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      poly 4 years ago

      @maricar... 2 capsules 3 times a day at iwasan mo rin yung mga food na nagpapataas ng uric acid katulad ng Pakpak ng manok, mga beans, cabbage, sardines at iba pa

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      maricar dellomas 4 years ago

      Hi I'm maricar,,meron po aq arthritis tas mataas po uric acid ko..tnong ko lng po ung ilang beses po Ako pde uminom ng malunggay capsule a day ..??? Tnx

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      selen 5 years ago

      wala bang expiration your nutrients ng malunggay if nababad na sa init or if naluto na siya.?

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      snafu0312 5 years ago from Quezon City

      Jhenny sorry medyo na delay ang sagot ko sayo. One capsule 3 times a day 30 minutes before kumain. Gumagawa kami for family use. Try mo gumawa para makamura ka.

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      jhenny 5 years ago

      hello po. meron po akong sakit s kidney at nag steroid n po ako dati pero n stop kasi po nagbuntis ako. gusto ko po sana i try yung alternative medicine (malungay capsule) pwede nyo po bang sabihin s akin san ako makakbili ng medyo mura or maka order po at ilang beses s isang araw? ito po ang no ko. 09175630997.. sana po matulungan nyo ako. dun s nakak alam n nagbebenta paki txt or call nyo naman po ako gusto ko po sanang i try po. salamat in advance.

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      5 years ago

      hasd addff fgfgfheeeeeeee ..

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      snafu0312 5 years ago from Quezon City

      di kasi bottle ang nilalagyan ko yung plastic na may zip lock lang. Nagbebenta din kasi ako dito sa may amin. Yung mga may gusto lang.

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      addicted19 5 years ago

      @snafu0312..inaantok ako palagi pagnakainom ako ng malunggay, 3caps 3 x a day kasi intake ko..cguro nga bawasan ko to..totoo ang sarap nga ng tulog..palagi ako nagreseach about alternative medicine,dito ko lang sa page mo natutunan gumawa ng malunggay capsule,,thanks talaga..marami din omorder sa akin nga mga capsule,,ibibinta ko naman 2pesos per capsule hehehe..saan ba tayo makabili ng empty bottle?yung wala pang tatak,plano ko kasi gawin ko na rin business to..baka meron ka,dyan ako bibili sau...

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      addicted19 5 years ago


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      snafu0312 5 years ago from Quezon City

      Yung moringa capsule pwede i-store for 1 year. Tungkol nman sa Milligram punuuin mo lang yung half ng capsul #0 500 mg na yun. Sa pagkakaalam ko walang side effects ang moringa (malunggay) kasi gulay lang naman yang iniinom mo walang ibang halo. Kung medyo antukin ka try mo bawasan ang dosafe mo gawin mo na lang 2 cap twice a day. Kasi pag umiinom ka talaga ng malunggay capsule masarap ang tulog mo.

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      addicted19 5 years ago

      @snafu0312 ....wala bang expiration kapag gumawa ng moringa capsule?pano ba e-measure yung milligram niya?nabasa ko kasi tong mga nagpost dito earlier,,nagtry ako gumawa tapos nagtake ako 2 caps 3 times a day,,medyo masakit yung ulo ko at palagi ako inaantok.i also have chronic hep b..i hope this one works..salamat sa mga nagpost kasi nakaramdam na ako ng kunting pag asa..since 2008 pa tong sakit ko, puro tablets lang na take ko,,pabalikbalik ako sa doctor..

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      snafu0312 5 years ago from Quezon City

      Sorry for the delay in my response. I was not able to check my hub for a long time.

      @ Bel...for detox you can take 6 capsules a day. Eat healthy foods. No junk foods.

      @ Lexie...yes effective to sa hepa b. My brother-in-law had Hepa B and he took malunggay capsules 6 times day. Then lahat ng bawal sa hepa siyempre di siya kumain... Even the doctor was awazed na ang bilis ng recovery niya.

      @Mar..pwede naman iblend. Depende sa gusto mo

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      Joyce Villorente 5 years ago

      how is malunggay prepared to treat specific problem on the different parts of the skeletal, muscular and digistive system

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      Mar 5 years ago

      pwde po ba iblend nalang yung moringa instead of making them capsule or tea?

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      bran 5 years ago

      proven na po ba to s hepa b thanks

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      Bel 6 years ago

      Paano kung gusto ko sya gawen pang detox, ilang capsule a day ang dapat kung i take, at paano ang tama procedure ng pag de- detox, at anu anu muna ang dapat lang kainin habang ng de-detox po.

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      snafu0312 6 years ago

      Basti.. take at least 6 to 8 capsules of malunggay a day. Pwede kang gumawa ng malunggay capsules. Available sa mercury drug ang empty capsules #0. Php0.42 lang per piece. Iwasan mo muna ang mga pagkain na bawal sa may peptic ulcer. Di mabilis ang gamutan kasi with herbals medyo matagal. Lilinisin muna niya ang toxins sa katawan mo then aayusin nya ang immunse system mo. If you have questions on how to make the capsules post ka lang tuturuan kita.

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      basti 6 years ago

      paano b makakagaling ang malunggay leaves para sa peptic ulcer?

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      snafu0312 7 years ago from Quezon City

      yes pau I've also read about the benefits we get from the seeds. Also, since I'm a lovebirds breeder now I have been using the branches of malunggay for their nesting material as well as feed them the young leaves to provide them the vitamins and minerals they need

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      snafu0312 7 years ago from Quezon City

      yes pau I've also read about the benefits we get from the seeds. Also, since I'm a lovebirds breeder now I have been using the branches of malunggay for their nesting material as well as feed them the young leaves to provide them the vitamins and minerals they need

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      pau 7 years ago

      there was also a study about malunggay seeds as water purifier. :-)

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      snafu0312 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Mr. Aparri ano po ba ang gusto ninyong idagdag ko?

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      snafu0312 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Allan Marquez: French scientists had found that Moringa contains an anti bacterial peptide (a molecule composed of two or more amino acids, the building blocks of proteins) that can destroy the cell membrane of many infectious bacteria.

      The roots and flowers of the moringa has a compound called pterygospermin, a powerful antimicrobial that kills bacteria and fungi. The leaves and roots of moringa are also rich in a compound called benzyl isothiocyanate that have strong antifungal and antibacterial properties.

      The bark of moringa has also been found to have antibacterial and antifungal effects. You can make a strong antibiotic wash to clean wounds from fresh moringa leaves. To make a strong dressing, pound fresh leaves and mix with coconut oil, then spread over the wound.

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      ariston aparri 7 years ago

      pwde mo bang ma include ang probles about moringa?

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      Allan Marquez 7 years ago

      Puwede mo bang ma'include yung antibacterial content ng Malunggay or Moringa

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      snafu0312 7 years ago from Quezon City

      For those who viewed my page kindly post comments so that I would know if I needto add more information regarding the article. Thanks