Drumstick tree or moringa tree is a medium sized tree commonly found in Kerala. All parts of the tree are useful for treating various diseases.
Drumstick leaves contain protein, fat, carbohydrate, fibres, calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper, magnesium, carotene and many other nutrients and are good for the health of eye.
Its flowers and roots have diuretic properties. Drumstick fruit also is a rich source of amino acids, vitamins, iron, protein and other nutrients.
Home remedies using parts of drumstick tree
To treat hypertension, grind drumstick leaves into a fine paste and roll into a ball in the size of a gooseberry and consume it.
To treat cataracts, regularly consume two teaspoonful drumstick leaves juice with some honey.
Eye diseases such as pink eye can be cured by washing the eyes multiple times with a filtered decoction of drumstick leaves.
To prevent gum diseases, grind some drumstick leaves, 2-3 cloves of garlic, turmeric powder and pepper powder and consume it.
For treating inflammation, grind drumstick leaves and apply on the swollen parts.
Cook some drumstick leaves adding some ghee and feed children for gaining weight.
Drumstick leaves dishes are good for increasing breastmilk in lactating mothers.
Having drumstick leaves in plenty is good for sexual health. Having drumstick flowers boiled in cow’s milk also give the same effect.
Drumstick soup is a good energy drink.
Add latex of drumstick tree with sesame oil and can be used for ear diseases.
To treat headache, mix some drumstick tree latex in cow’s milk and apply on temples.
Apply the oil extracted from drumstick seeds mixed with groundnut oil to treat rheumatic pain and swelling.
Severe sore throat can be cured by gargling with a decoction of drumstick roots. This decoction can be consumed for preventing fever, rheumatic diseases, fits etc.
A decoction of drumstick roots and mustard is an effective medicine for liver and spleen diseases.
External application of drumstick root is good for swelling.
(Source of information: Dr. Preetha Sreekumar, Lecturer, Pankajakasthuri Ayurveda Medical College, Kattakkada).