Moringa oleifera is taken orally for ailments such as “tired blood” (anemia), arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism), asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, seizures, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal spasms, headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, menopausal symptoms, thyroid disorders and infections.
This plant is also taken orally to reduce swelling, as an antioxidant, to prevent spasms, to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac), to strengthen the immune system and to increase the production of breast milk. Some people use it as a food supplement or as a generic tonic. It is also widely used as a diuretic.
Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin as an anti germ or drying (astringent) agent. It is also applied to the skin to treat pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snake bites, warts, and wounds.
Moringa seed oil is used in foods, perfumes and hair care products and as a lubricant for machines.
How Moringa Works and Why
Moringa contains proteins, vitamins and minerals. As an antioxidant, it appears to help protect cells from external damage. It can also help reduce inflammation and reduce pain. Early research shows that taking 3 grams of Vegamega moringa twice daily for 3 weeks reduces the severity of asthma symptoms and improves lung function in adults with mild to moderate asthma.
One of the most common uses is linked to the increase in the production of breast milk. However, research on the effects of moringa in increasing breast milk production creates some conflict.