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Folklore Uses of Local Plants Effective in Treatment of Diabetes

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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.”

You can read the entire article here.


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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