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Happy new year! After a wonderful feast during the festivities, it is time to listen to ones body. A good way to do so is by detoxification, which is a type of alternative medicine treatment that aims to rid the body of unspecified "toxins". Not bad if you ask me since we might be having #NewYearBodyGoals. Without spending money of drugs and medicines, you can make do so with the bitterleaf plant right at your back yard!
Now, bitter-leaf, botanically known as vernonia amydalina, is an ubiquitous plant. To the Igbos, it is called Onugbu, to the Hausas, it is known as Shirakawa while the Yorubas call it Ewuro. It is called Bitterleaf because of its bitterness from the leaves to the stems to the roots and bark.
This plant is used as a delicacy mostly in the eastern part of Nigeria. However, it is not just a delicacy, it has medicinal value.
The bitter-leaf plant contains Vernodalin, Venomygdin and Saponins, which is good for the body system particularly the kidney and liver. It is advisable to take your bitter leaf juice fresh. Most times, boiling or cooking reduces the potency of most herbs.
When you have a sweet tooth, ice cream, chocolates, cakes and everything sweet become quite appealing but from time to time, it is good to detox ones system particularly the liver and kidney. The extract from bitter leaf i.e.juice is one way to detox your body from all toxins and impurities.
Below are some of the many uses of bitter leaf juice:
Pound the fresh leaves in a mortar and press out the juice. Add a pinch of salt to three tablespoons of the undiluted juice and drink to stop the stomach ache.
For skin infections such as ring worm, itching, rashes and eczema, the pure, undiluted extract of bitter leaf is excellent. Simply apply it to the affected part daily.
Bitter leaf juice does not only reduces the sugar-level, it also helps to repair the pancreas. Simply squeeze ten handfuls of the fresh leaves in ten liters of water and take two glasses thrice daily for one month, this amounts to six glasses daily.
Loss of Memory
To cure memory loss, take one glass thrice daily for a least two months.
Prostrate cancer is common among men who are over forty years old. Its symptom is difficult and painful urination, among others. Bitter leaf is very good for this ailment. It increases the flow of urine and reduces the pain, as well as regulates the spread of the cell. Simply squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take a glassful four times daily.
For vitality and vigour, squeeze the bitter leaves in water and take a glass thrice daily. Be sure to experience a new lease of energy.
Bitter leaf solution calms the nerves, strengthens the muscles and cleanses the system.
Squeeze the fresh leaves of the plant in water. Take a glass-full thrice daily. Warm the solution on fire each time before drinking. Remember, do not boil, just warm. Then continue the medication for a month.
Bitter leaf extract has done wonders for those suffering from sleeplessness. Simply take two glasses of bitter leaf solution every night. You will experience great calm and well being. You may add a little honey if needed.
Arthritis or rheumatism patients who have tried bitter-leaf solution as described above attest to its effectiveness. It soothes inflamed joints and eliminates the pain.