- The Alternative medicine….
- The Scientific Justification….
- To control Diabetes….
- To treat Cancer….
- Not only aromatic and spicy but possess healing values also…
Curry Tree, technically known as Murraya koenigii or Bergera koenigii, is native to Indian
subcontinent. The Ancient Herbal plant is also called sweet neem.
Native people in India and in the Far East Asia have been using CURRY LEAVES in preparing
dishes for centuries.
These plants can generally grow up to the height of 4-6 meters (13-20 feet). The featherlike
leaves contain 11-21 leaflets. The plants produce self-pollinated white flowers having berry-shaped seeds.
In Indian sub-continent, these are widely used in preparing curries, rice, snacks, soups, chutneys, stews, and dals for the purpose of adding special and distinctive taste to the items. Food lovers say that their flavor tickles the appetite.
Curry leaves powder is very popular in South India and is consumed with rice. Ayurveda tells these leaves have many healing properties to relieve nausea and morning sickness and
increases digestive secretions.
It helps in curing infections that mostly occur due to the
oxidative damage in the body.
On the other side, it has been proved scientifically too by the researchers from King’s College,
London in 2004. The team from the department of pharmacy found scientific justification for
curry leaves for the use of alternative medicine.
These Leaves contain healing agents that slow down the rate of starch-to-glucose breakdown
in people with diabetes.
Their role in traditional Indian Herbal Medical Field such as Ayurveda medicine is irrefutable
for centuries onwards.
Herbalists say that the herbal agents in the leaves work well and efficiently control the amount
of glucose entering the bloodstream. And it provides relief from flatulence.
Professor Peter Houghton, the head of the research-team, stated that the herbal plants used
in traditional India, Thai, and China, exhibited to have cancer-fighting properties.
It was the first step in the discovery of new drugs based on plant extracts, but warned taking
the plant’s extracts directly as a medicine without proper medical guidance. Though they have
many medicinal values, he advised sufferers should first consult the doctor before taking it as
a medicine for diabetes and/or cancer.
Traditionally in India especially in Southern India, people consume curry leaves directly by
chewing them or in many other ways as syrups, powder, paste, etc.