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The health benefits of the herb VERNONIA AMYDALINA aka bitterleaf which can be used to cure diseases like diabetes
VERNONIA AMYDALINA aka BITTER LEAF
The VERNONIA AMYDALINA is a widely known plant popularly called bitter leaf, evergreen in nature and florishes where ever it grows. It is called “ONUGBU” by the Igbos of the eastern part of Nigeria who use it as vegetables, “EWURO” by the Yorubas of the western part of Nigeria who use it for medicine, while the Hausas of northern Nigeria call it “SHIWAKA”.
As we all know the VERNONIA AMYDALINA is popular for its bitterness, its leaves, stem, roots and bark; a little reminder that life isn’t all sweetness, therefore the slang name BITTER LEAF.
Bitter herbs help to tone vital organs of the body like the kidney and liver. The Liver is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for the secretion of bile and formation of glycogen. It is also responsible for the metabolism of protein and fats, in fact it’s an organ any one would want to keep intact cause once there is a defect it is very hard to correct, alcohol, sugar and over processed foods should be avoided. The Kidney helps expel waste materials from the body; a breakdown of the kidney is a general disorder of the entire body. The bitter leaf contains vernodalin, venomygdin and saponin which are antibacterials that help keep this vital organs(kidney and liver) in order.
In Nigeria of West Africa the bitter leaf is used to cure Ringworm, Rashes, and Eczema just by applying the pure undiluted extract of the bitter leaf to the affected part.
The bitter leaf also reduces the sugar level of the body drastically and repairs the pancreas, a wonder cure for diabetes, squeeze ten handful of the leaves in ten litres of water and take 2glasses 3times daily (6glasses daily) for one month.
Let me give you a story. A relative of mine was diagnosed for postrate cancer and was told to come back in two months for an operation; he was advised by a tradomedical expert that bitter leaf would solve his problem. “how can that leaf over there solve what needs an operation?” he asked, “my friend all you need do is squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take 1 glass 4times daily for two months after all you have two months before the operation, its worth the try!” said the herbal expert, and would you believe it when he got back to the hospital he was told he won’t need the operation any more. Now that’s another wonder of bitter leaf I witnessed myself. I hear the bitter leaf also sooths inflamed joints and eradicates pains common with Arthritis or Rheumatism patients.
I would really like to hear your comments, observations and also would like you to share some of your experience with the leaf, to those looking for a way to battle these diseases mentioned above, Diabetes, postrate cancer, kidney or liver related problems, is it ring worm, rashes or eczema? Give this wonderful gift of nature a try; they have been with us and around us for centuries.