- help fight obesity.
- help regulate blood pressure.
- lower cholesterol level for people with hypertension.
- cure kidney and gall bladder stones.
- aid the digestive system
- treat urinary track infection.
- help ease urination.
- lower blood sugar level of diabetic people.
Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa)
Banaba, the scientific name of which is Lagerstroemia speciosa, is a tropical flowery tree. It grows to a height as high as 20 meters. Its leaves are large, and ranges from the shape of elliptical-ovate to oblong. These leaves are shed by the plant during the first months of the year, and are bright orange or red during these times. Various research on Banaba conducted in Japan prove true the belief that this plant contains high levels of corosilic acid, a substance known as one of the many treatments for diabetes mellitus. Besides its medicinal value, banaba is also cultivated and known for its beautiful flowers.
Banaba has been used in Filipino folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes for centuries. It is now gaining popularity and getting recognition as a herbal medicine not only in the Philippines but worldwide. Banaba is also known as Queen’s Flower, Crepe Myrtle and the Pride of India. In India, Banaba has also been used to cure diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time.
Recent studies and laboratory test showed that it’s active ingredient, corosolic acid is a potent compound that has insulin like effect to lower glucose in the body and is effective in treating diabetes. Banaba is rapidly becoming known as a natural plant insulin, and what makes it ideal is that, the herbal preparation may also be taken orally, without any risk of adverse side effects. However, caution is advised against taking Banaba with any diabetic drug or any other drug simultaneously. Always consult with a qualified physician or a medical practitioner before taking any medication or any herbal medicine for a correct dose. Also, extra precaution is highly recommended as initial findings show that Banaba extract may delay and reduce the absorption of carbohydrates in the body and promote weight loss, despite its useful medicinal value.
Other studies that were focused on this plant showed other potential medicinal benefits. These include antibacterial functions of seed extracts from this plant, and a water extract of the same manifest anti-oxidative functions. Another is the significant protection that Banaba seems to exhibit to treat HIV-infected cells. This is brought about by its ellagic acid constituents.
Aside from the medicinal value of Banaba, as a herbal medicine, it is also good for the health. Banaba contains high concentrations of dietary fiber and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. The leaves can be boiled and taken daily as tea.
|Benefits and Treatment of Banaba:||Banaba Preparation & Use:|
• Fights obesity
• Helps regulate blood pressure
• Good for the kidneys
• Aids the digestive system
• Helps ease urination
|Note: Fresh leaves, dried leaves, flowers, ripe fruit, root and bark of Banaba can all be used.
• Wash the leaves in running water (if fresh). Cut into smaller pieces if desired.
• Boil Banaba (one cup Banaba to cup of water) for 30 minutes. Drink like tea.
Health Benefits of Banaba Leaves / Tea
Posted on December 7, 2010 by marvin
Banaba tea was featured in television program Salamat Doc. It can be taken as slimming tea. Boil one tablespoon of chopped leaves in one glass of water for few minutes, cool a bit and drink.
Alternatively, the leaves can be crushed and prepared by using a tea maker. Or, place crushed leaves in mug, fill with hot water and let stand for few minutes.
Banaba tea should be drink two to three times a day.
Other Benefits of Banaba includes:
1) According to studies, banaba with doses equivalent to 1 or 2 grams of dried leaves per kilogram body weight reduces blood sugar from 16 to 49 mg. Of glucose per 100 cc. of blood in normal rabbits. Fresh leaves are recommended for every tea preparation because its insulin-like activity deteriorates over time.
2) The bark stimulant and febrifuge. Its decoction of it is used for abdominal pains, diarrhea.
3) A decoction of the roots is used against small ulcers of the mouth.
4) A decoction of the leaves is deobstruent (having power to clear or open the natural ducts of the fluids and secretions of the body) and diuretic (any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine, which causes the body to get rid of excess water).
5) The bark, leaves, and flowers are given as a purgative. A purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
6) The seeds possess narcotic properties and are employed against aphthae, (aphthous ulcer – A blister on the mucous membranes of the lips, mouth or gastrointestinal tract).
Banaba Uses, Health Benefits, Side Effects
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What is banaba Herbal Medicine
Lagerstroemia speciosa L
Munchausia speciosa Linn.
Lagestroemia reginae Roxb
Banaba is also knows as:
Agaro, Mitla, Bugarom, Nabulong, Pamalauagon, Duguam, Pamarauagon, Kauilan, Parasabukung, Makablos, Tabangau, Tauagnau
Banaba is a flowering plant that grows in warm climate like the Philippines, India and others. Banaba is widely used in the Philippines and as herbal medicine for diabetes. While in India, Banaba is also used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of diabetes. The Banaba leaves and flowers contain corrosolic acid, a substance being studied for its insulin like effect of lowering the glucose in the body. Banaba is also being studied as a weight-loss supplement for its ability to delay or reduce the absorption of carbohydraes. Banaba is also rich in vitamins and minerals including zinc and magnesium. Banaba is also rich in dietary fibers.
Folkloric uses of Banaba herbal medicine include the treatment for diarrhea, constipation, inflammation of kidneys, dysuria and other urinary dysfunctions
Banaba is a tropical flowering tree that grow up to 10 meters high. Banaba has large green oblong leaves that is about 3 inches in width and 7 inches in length. The flowers or Banaba are racemes and colored pink to lavender. Banaba bears nut-like fruits that are arranged in large clumps.
banaba, herbal medicine for diabetes
Banaba is used as herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes not only in India but also in the Philippines.
Studies have shown that Banaba contains corosolic acid that acts like insulin by lowering the blood sugar in the body. Corosolic acid is a triterpenoid glycoside that improves the cellular uptake of glucose (Murakami C, et al 1993, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin),
How to use Banaba Herb for Diabetes?
The following details the preparation and application of Banaba herbal medicine for diabetes
- Dry Banaba leaves and fruits for about two weeks
- cut Banaba leaves into peices
- Boil the dried Banaba leaves and fruits in water,
- One cup of dried banaba leaves and fruits to one cup water.
- Let it steep for 30 minutes,
- Strain the leaves and fruits.
- Take the Banaba herbal tea for 4 to 6 times daily.
Although studies have shown that Banaba does not contain any toxic ingredients. It is recommended that before taking any herbal medicine for your diabetes, consult with your doctor.
banaba herbal tea for weight loss management
Banaba herbal tea is also used for sustained weight-loss management. The corosolic acid in Banaba leaves and flowers acts by delaying and reducing the absorption of carbohydrates by the body. Continued drinking of banaba tea causes weight loss without any side effects.
In a group study that has been conducted for Glucosol™-a US patent drug containing corosolic acid. There was a reduction of weight for diabetic subjects. Similar study was done for non-diabetics and it was found that corosolic acid does not alter either the absorption or clearance of blood sugar in non-diabetic subjects, while retaining its weight-loss effect (Corosolic acid formulation and its application for weight-loss management and blood sugar balance. US Patent Issued on August 31, 2004 ).
How to use Banaba herb for Weight loss?
Preparation and application of Banaba herbal tea for weight loss management
- Dry Banaba leaves and fruits for about two weeks
- cut Banaba leaves and fuits into peices
- Boil the dried leaves and fruits in water,
- one cup of dried banaba leaves and fruits to 2 cups of water.
- Let it seep for 30 minutes,
- Strain the leaves and fruits.
- Take the Banaba herbal tea for 4 to 6 times dai
Banaba Side Effects
Although according to studies, there were no known toxic or adverse effect from Banaba. However if discomfort occurs, stop using Banaba herbal tea.
Other Banaba health benefits
Banaba is also used for other folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of the following
- blood pressure control ,
- kidney disorders,
- urinary dysfunctions (helps ease urination) ,
- controls the cholesterol levels,
- treatment of diarrhea,
- facilitates bowel movement
- treatment of fevers and others.
Banaba – Scientific name: Lagerstroemia speciosa Linn.
A deciduous tropical flowering tree, 5 to 10 m high, sometimes growing to a height of 20 meters. Leaves, large, spatulate, oblong to elliptic-ovate, 2-4 inches in width, 5-8 inches in length; shedding its leaves the first months of the year. Before shedding, the leaves are bright orange or red during which time it is thought to contain higher levels of corosolic acid). Flowers are racemes, pink to lavender; flowering from March to June. After flowering, the tree bears large clumps of oval nutlike fruits.
Grows wild; widely distributed in the Philippines, in the secondary forests at low and medium altitudes. Cultivated for its beautiful flowers. Propagation by seeds.
Rich in tannin: fruit, 14 to 17 %; leaves 13 %; bark, 10%.
Corrosolic acid is being studied for its glucose lowering effect.
Leaves, fruits, flowers and bark.
– Roots have been used for a variety of stomach ailments. Leaf decoction for diabetes; also use as a diuretic and purgative.
– Decoction of old leaves and dried fruit (dried from one to two weeks), 50 gms to a pint of boiling water, 4 to 6 cups daily has been used for diabetes. Old leaves and ripe fruit are preferred, believed to have greater glucose lowering effect. Young leaves and flowers have a similar effect, though only 70% that of matures leaves and fruits. The wood has no known glucose lowering effect; the bark, a very small amount. A decoction of 20 gms of old leaves or dried fruit in 100 cc of water was found to have the equivalent effect to that of 6 to 7.7 units of insulin.
– The bark decoction has been used for the treatment of diarrhea.
– The bark, flowers and leaves used to facilitiate bowel movements.
– Decoction of fruits or roots gargled for aphthous stomatitis.
– Decoction of leaves and flowers used for fevers and as diuretic.
– Leaf decoction or infusion used for bladder and kidney inflammation, dysuria, and other urinary dysfunctions.
Diabetes: Banaba is being studied for its application in the treatment of diabetes. Its ability to lower blood sugar is attributed to its corosolic acid, a triterpenoid glycoside, belived to facilitate glucose-transport into cells.
Weight loss: Studies in mice suggest an antiobesity effect. It is becoming a common ingredient in weight-loss supplements / products as a metabolic enhancer.
Others: It is also being studied for its use in the treatment of blood pressure, renal and immune system benefits. Studies in mice suggest a lipid lowering effect – decreasing triglyceride and total cholesterol levels. To date, no toxicity has been identified.
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