The Guardian News reports that recent studies are “validating the folklore uses of local plants and spices such as bitter leaf, scent leaf and Gongronema latifolium (Utazi in Ibo) among others in the management of diabetes.”
A STUDY published in April 2013 edition of Journal of natural pharmaceuticals found that treatment of alloxan diabetic rats with polyherbal combinations of Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf), Gongronema latifolium (Utazi in Ibo), and Ocimum gratissimum (scent leaf) caused significant reductions in the blood glucose level (BGL) of the diabetic rats both in acute and prolonged treatment (two weeks).
The University of Uyo researchers found that the activities of various combined extracts were comparable and more pronounced than that of glibenclamide and compared to that of glibenclamide in the prolonged study. The anti-diabetic activities of the various herbal combinations confirm the folkloric use of these polyherbal remedies.
The researchers concluded, “the finding of this study confirms the efficacy of the various polyherbal combinations used traditionally by herbalists of Ibibio tribe of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria for the management of diabetes which are of advantage. Further studies into polyherbal combinations used in the management of diabetes are encouraged to support the advantage of polytherapy.”
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