Calotropis procera Commonly known as ‘giant-milkweed’ is a flowering plant specie that is native to North Africa, Tropical Africa, Western Asia, South Asia, Nigeria and Indochina. It’s very abundant in Nigeria with the local name: Bomu-bomu in Yoruba, Tumfatiya in Hausa. The leaves is popularly use by the Fulani tribe and Hausa to prepare a traditional drink called ‘Wankachi’ and Nono. The green globes are hollow but the flesh contains a toxic milky sap that is extremely bitter and turns into a gluey coating resistant to soap. The stems and leaves have a waxy appearance and contain a milky white sap (i.e. latex). Branching occurs from the base of the plant upwards. Younger stems are greyish-green in colour, smooth in texture, and have a covering of whitish coloured hairs (i.e. they are hoary). Mature stems have a deeply fissured, cork-like, bark that is light brown in colour. This plant is used particularly for treatment of asthma, arthritis and skin related diseases.
BOTANICAL NAME : Calotropis Procera
Common Name: Giantmilkweed
LOCAL NAMES IN NIGERIA:
Yoruba : bomu bomu
Hausa : Tumfatiya
TRADITIONAL USE OF THE PLANT:
The traditional use of the giantmilkweed are innumerable. Listed below are a few viz:
(1) The flower powder help to treat ashthma
(2) the latex extract can be used to treat ear ache.
(3) a smeared mustard oil on a leaf of the plant helps treat stomach ache
(4) The leaves is used in treatment of arthritis
(5) Skin disease: A paste of the stem bark is applied on the skin surface cures skin diseases.
(6) Roots, stem bark, latex, leaves and flowers: An extract of the whole plant is taken as a tonic and purgative in small doses, and as an emetic in larger doses. It cures diarrhoea, dysentery, intestinal worms, colic, spleen complaints, pneumonia, fever, jaundice, elephantiasis and leprosy.
(7) Dried root powder : when soaked in water is taken to increase milk flow of nursing mothers and is given to women to ease child birth.
(8) Ground roots or the ash of the burnt roots : are applied as a salve or rubbed in to treat skin rash, skin infections and leprosy.
(9) Root powder : when mixed with Capsicum pepper is put in a bath to treat rheumatism and arthritis.
(10) The root bark is remedy for cough.
(11) The stem bark acts as an aphrodisiac.
(12) The leaf pulp is taken to treat snakebites. They are sometimes taken by women to induce abortion and as an uterotonic.
TOXICOLOGY OF THE PLANT:
The latex is toxic and can cause rash, blisters and serious inflammations in sensitive persons and it may lead to blindness. Ingesting larger doses of latex produce toxic symptoms like burning in the throat, irritation of the stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, vertigo and convulsions. The latex has been used as a hunting poison and fish poison, and sometimes used for criminal purposes. The milky sap contains a complex mixture of chemicals like the “cardiac aglycones”. These are steroidal heart poisons . Thus in the process of formulation, the latex and milky sap should be well processed to remove the toxic constituents and the consumption of raw plant and it’s extract must be in adherence to prescribed doses.
Calotropis procera is a wonderful and unique plant. It has great uses but because of the toxic nature of the milky latex which is very abundance in all parts of the plant caution must be taken to ensure the herb is prescribed by an experience Herbalist before consuming it. Feel free to contact us for further advice if you need to use this herb .
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Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. This article highlight Peptic ulcer causes symptoms and herbal remedies. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is stomach pain or feeling of burning stomach pain.
Peptic ulcers includes:
(1)Gastric ulcers that occur on the inside of the stomach
(2)Duodenal ulcers that occur on the inside of the upper portion of your small intestine (duodenum).
CAUSES OF PEPTIC ULCER DISEASE :
The most common causes of peptic ulcers are infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and long-term constipation and use of aspirin and certain other painkillers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox, others). Stress and spicy foods do not cause peptic ulcers. However, they can make your symptoms worse.
SYMPTOMS OF PEPTIC ULCER DISEASE :
Vomiting or vomiting blood — which may appear red or black
Dark blood in stools, or stools that are black or tarry
Nausea or vomiting
Unexplained weight loss
Burning stomach pain
Feeling of fullness, bloating or belching
Fatty food intolerance
NATURAL TREATMENT OF PEPTIC ULCER DISEASE :
(1)Fenugreek seed herbal tea is a favorite among peptic ulcer patients, coating the stomach lining avoiding the secretion of excess acids and treating the instance of an ulcer.
(4) red ricorice
(5) aloe Vera juice
Peptic ulcers are serious illnesses that are injurious to our body system. It is important to start early treatment of any suspected case of ulcer. Also to adopt a lifestyle change that abhors or minimally reduces alcoholism and smoking . Furthermore, eating when hungry is a nice approach to reducing an ulcer pain. At Olason Herbal Nig. Ltd we have specially formulated herbs for the complete treatment of peptic ulcer. Contact us today for your treatment.
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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (std). The bacteria that causes gonorrhea can infect the genital tract, mouth, or anus. You can get gonorrhea during vaginal, oral, or anal sex with an infected partner. A pregnant woman can pass it to her baby during childbirth. Gonorrhea is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease (STD) in Nigeria. In fact, in 1963, WHO found Lagos to have the highest gonorrhea rate in the world. Recent surveys report gonorrhea prevalence to be as high as 28.1%. Hence it is imperative that we adopt a healthy lifestyle that keeps us far from the gonorrhea infection. This can be in form of abstinence, use of protection during sex and high standards of hygiene.
CAUSES OF GONORRHEA :
Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Gonorrhea can be passed from mother to baby during delivery.
Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be experienced simultaneously.
If untreated, gonorrhea can increase a person’s risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.
SYMPTOMS OF GONORRHEA :g
Gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, men who do have symptoms, may have:
A burning sensation when urinating; a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis; painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common).
Most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, even if they don’t have any symptoms.
Symptoms in women can include:
(1)Painful or burning sensation when urinating;
(2)Increased vaginal discharge;
(3)Vaginal bleeding between periods.
(4)Rectal infections may either cause no symptoms or cause symptoms in both men and women that may include:
Painful bowel movements.
NATURAL TREATMENT OF HYPERTENSION :
Listed below are natural herbs treatment for gonorrhea
(1)Mangosteen : this is also known as Garcinia Mangostana is a common herbal remedy for Gonorrhea. However, this Southeast Asian fruit is a rare find. With its white fleshy center, the fruit is known for its rich anti-bacterial properties. The recommended way to administer this is to extract the juice and consume it orally.
(3) Tea tree oil: This is effective for treating the infection in women.
(4) apple cider vinegar
(5) Guyabano fruit
(6) aloe vera
It is very important for us to live a healthy lifestyle. Hence it is necessary to adopt all measures aimed at safeguarding us from contracting diseases like the gonorrhea. Safe sex is applied when abstinence is not guaranteed. If anyone is infected with gonorrhea, kindly reach us at Olason Herbal Nig. Ltd, we have the most potent formulation to completely eradicate the disease in your body.
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The ovaries are located in the lower abdomen on both sides of the uterus. Women have two ovaries that produce eggs as well as the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Sometimes, a fluid-filled sac called a cyst will develop on one of the ovaries. Many women will develop at least one cyst during their lifetime. In most cases, cysts are painless and cause no symptoms. ovarian cysts are found during pregnancy via prenatal ultrasound screening. Majority of the ovarian cysts found in pregnancy are benign conditions and do not require surgical procedure except if it is malignant and likely to rupture or if the size of the cyst is dangerous to the pregnancy. It is important to check for presence of cysts in your ovaries benign or malignant. This article explain the complication of the ovarian cyst, causes and natural solution.
CAUSES OF OVARIAN CYST :
Ovarian cyst can affect women who experience their menstrual flow and also women who have passed menopause.
It can also be caused by endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Endometrium occurs when pieces of tissues found in the womb are found elsewhere like the Fallopian tube, bladder. Blood-filled cysts can sometimes form in this tissue.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that causes lots of small, harmless cysts to develop on your ovaries. The cysts are small egg follicles that don’t grow to ovulation.
SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CYST:
The symptoms of ovarian cyst are viz
(1)Pain in the abdomen, pelvis, sometimes radiating to the low back, is the most common symptom
(2)Feeling of bloating or indigestion
(3)Increased abdominal girth
(4)Feeling an urge to have a bowel movement or having difficult, painful bowel movements
(5)Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
(6)Pain in the lower right or left quadrant of the abdomen on one side
(7)Nausea and vomiting
(8)abdominal fullness, expansion of the abdomen
(10)feeling full after eating only a small amount (early satiety),
NATURAL TREATMENT OF OVARIAN CYST :
These herbs can completely treat ovarian cyst. They are
(1) maca (lepidium meyenii)
(2) eeru ( xylopia aethiolopica)
(3) spurge (euphobia deightonni)
(4) snake weed (euphoria Hirtha)
Also eating properly and consuming enough iodine. At Olason Herbal Nig Ltd we effectively manage with natural herbs ovarian cyst, so we like you to reach out to us via www.olasonherbal.com.ng
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Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. Blood pressure can be measured by a sphygmomanometer or a blood pressure monitor. Blood pressure is assumed as normal if it’s value reads as 120 over 80 millimeter mercury (mmHg) . This means the systolic pressure value over the diastolic pressure value. Blood pressure reading is assumed as high if it’s value reads above 130 over 80 millimeter mercury ( American heart association AHA, November 2017). Unmanaged hypertension can lead to cardiac arrest or stroke. So, it is important for us to have an adequate control of blood pressure by maintaining healthier diets, performing exercise or taking the right medications.
CAUSES OF HYPERTENSION :
Acute causes of high blood pressure can originate from stress, come on its own or as a result of an underlying disease (for example kidney disease). Chronic kidney disease can cause hypertension because the kidney cannot filter fluid. Hence there is a retention of excess fluid in the body system. Also a family history of hypertension, uncontrollable stress and low potassium in diet can cause hypertension
SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTENSION :
listed below are the major symptoms of hypertension in humans viz: (1) fatique or confusion (2) severe headache (3) vision problems (4) chest pain (5) irregular heartbeat (6) difficult breathing (7) Blood in urine (8) feeling of a pounding sensation in your chest (9) sweating (10) anxiety (11) sleeping problems
Sometimes some patients may not feel any of these symptoms of hypertension. While undetected it can cause severe damage to the cardiovascular system and internal organs like kidney. This is why it is called the “silent killer “. Hence it is imperative to check your blood pressure regularly.
RISK FACTORS OF HYPERTENSION
the risk factors of hypertension are excess salt, excess body weight (obesity), age, smoking and alcohol.
NATURAL TREATMENT OF HYPERTENSION :
The natural treatment of hypertension involves the following (1) lifestyle modification : this involves weight loss, increased salt intake, exercise and eating healthy diets. (2) medications : this can be drugs or natural herbs. Natural herbs are mostly preferred because it has minimal side effects, it does not cause any addictions and it is simple to use. Natural herbs in addition to controlling the H. B. P also help to burn excess fat and bad cholesterol thereby preventing the complications and improving normal blood circulation. In addition most herbs if formulated by expert are like food because they are enrich with essential vitamins and elements necessary for holistic well-being of the body. When these herbs are taken in the right formulation and doses, they can effectively control the blood pressure .
At Olason Herbal Ltd, we have excellent herbal products prepared using the standard formulations for the effective management of hypertension. Click on “CALL THE DOCTOR” OR THE GREEN ICON BELOW TO CHAT WITH THE DOCTOR ON WHATSAP FOR NATURAL HERBAL SOLUTION FOR HIGH BLOODPRESSURE MANAGEMENT .
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Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which the body has high blood sugar either because the body cells do not respond to insulin or because insulin production is inadequate or both. Diabetes management is important to prevent possible complications.
In 2013 over 382 million people through out the world had diabetes (Journal of world diabetes control ,2013, vol 25, page 19). In 2015 , 415 million people throughout the world had diabetes ( Wikipedia, 2016).
The essence of blood sugar control cannot be overemphasized as it involves all processes aimed at getting the blood sugar level close to normal. It involves steps like lifestyle modification (exercise, feeding habits) and drug usage. The management of diabetes is therefore key in sustaining the health of the diabetic patient.
CAUSES OF DIABETES:
Below are the causes of diabetes viz
(1.) Type 1 diabetes: this is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It present itself as insulin dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes or early onset diabetes
(2) Type 2 diabetes: this is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. In this case, the body does not produce insulin or the cells in the body does not react to the insulin.
(3) Pre- diabetes: this is a condition in which the blood sugar is high but not enough to be type 2 diabetes .
(4) Gestational diabetes : This is a form of high blood sugar that affects the pregnant women. Women who have experienced this are at a higher risk of developing diabetes in future.
(5) Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults(LADA) : Here the type 1 diabetes mellitus develops in the adulthood stage of life.
(6). Alzheimer’s disease
(7) Genetic defects of beta cells function
(8) mitochondria DNA mutation
(9) Genetic defect in insulin
(10) infections like coxsachecvirus B
(11) drugs like statins, glucocorticoids, thyroid gland
people with high blood sugars experience the following
(1) frequent urination (polyurial)
(2) increased thirst (polydipsia)
(3) increased hunger (polyphagia)
(5) unexplained weight loss / weight gain
(7) blurr vision
(8) erectile dysfunction syndrome
(9) yeast infection
(10) numbness or tingling of the hand and feet
BLOOD SUGAR TEST :
there are two major tests to confirm the level of sugar in our blood. These are
(1) Fasting blood sugar test (FBS test) :
Here, if the value is
(a) at least 126mg/dl (7mmol/l) it is considered as diabetic
(b) between 100mg/dl – 125.99 mg/ dl (5.6mmol/ L — 6.9mmol/L) it is considered as pre-diabetic
(c) is less than 100mg/ dl (5.6mmol/l) it is considered as normal.
(2) ALC test : in this test, if the value is
(a) at least 6.5 percent. It is considered Diabetic
(b) between 5.7 — 5.99 percent. It is considered as pre Diabetic
(c) less than 5.7 percent IS considered as normal
NATURAL TREATMENT :
There are vast natural herbal treatment for diabetes. These herbs either increases the body cells sensitivity to insulin or reduce the blood glucose levels. But care should be taken to achieve the accurate concentration , combination and dosage of these herbs for complete and efficacious therapy.
Listed below are natural herbs for diabetes management viz
(1.) black seed (nigella saliva, black cummin)
(2) artemisia annua
(3) Indian gooseberry
(4) bitter melon (mormodica charantia)
(5.) moringa plant
(6) guava leaf tea
The management of diabetes is imperative and sensitive as it can either sustain or suppress the patients internal body system. Hence strict compliance to the dosage of anti diabetic medication is ultimate. Diabetes can result in impaired vision, fatigue, numbness or tingling of the hands and feet, cardiovascular disease , hearing loss , foot ulcers or neuropathy. Hence, at Olason Herbal Ltd we have processed and manufactured the most potent anti diabetic herbal preparation and supplement at an affordable price . This is our contribution to the society to achieve a future world of people living with normal blood sugar levels.
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Pupalia lappacea is a variable plant that is grown annually or perennially. It has stems ranging from 50 – 200cm in length. It belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. These stems are less woody at the base. Morphologically, the plant is sometimes erect, prostrate or sprawling. The plant’s leaves and stem can be used as medicine. The leaves are edible but must be harvested for food after watering the plant. Pupalia lappacea is indeed an all in one plant because it’s use touches every sphere of life viz:
1. To treat Infections and diseases
2. As food
3. For beautification of our skin
4. It adds an aesthetic colour to our environment
5. It is used to treat constipation
BOTANICAL NAME :
The botanical name is Papulia lappacea. Common names are forest burr, creeping cock’s comb.
LOCAL NAMES IN NIGERIA:
Igbo : Ose, oso
Yoruba : emo agbo
Hausa : marin-kasu
OF THE FOREST BURR PLANT:
1. it is used as food when added with groundnut or coconut milk and eaten with rice.
2. It is used for scarifying the skin
3. The forest burr plant is believed to be an indicator of the fertility of the soil in any area where it is grown.
4. When applied externally, the leaves are mixed with palm oil to treat boils.
5. It is used as an antitusive especially by pregnant women
6. It is used in management of diabetes because it has an hypoglycemic effect
7. It is used in treatment of wounds and cut as a traditional first aid therapy.
8. It is used for its aesthetics value in any environment it is found.
PHARMACOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF THE P. LAPPACEA PLANT
The forest burr herb contains alkaloids and some bio – molecules that potentates a hypoglycemic effect in the body, hence it is used for management of diabetes. It also compounds with anti bacterial properties thus it is used for treatment of cuts, wounds. It contains an antihistamine agent, hence it is used for treatment of stubborn coughs. It contains an anti oxidant that helps eliminates dangerous free radicals from our circulatory system (A. A felix et al, antioxidant activity of papulia lappacea, research Journal of biological sciences, vol 13).
The forest burr plant has been said to cause colic in Somalia if it is eaten prior watering so ensure it is watered before its harvest and consumption. The flower head is an ingredient of rat poison in Nigeria. The leaves are anti diabetic, diuretic and febrifuge. On histological analysis, the forest burr plant has been found to lack toxic compounds especially when it is harvested and consumed after watering.
The immense benefits of the pupalia lappacea is limitless. From its use to treat chronic cough, dysenteriferous diarrhoea and oedema to its use for scarying the skin, lower blood glucose and treat boils it is at ease that researchers chose to call it the “all in one plant”.
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Ricinus communis plant is also called the castor oil plant . It is a fast growing evergreen herbaceous and semi woody large shrub that is native to mid -east Africa and northeast Africa.It’ s also cultivated here in Nigeria. It has vast uses ranging from its antitusive property, relieve of severe constipation, expulsion of worm infestation, treatment of skin disorders and management of arthritis. As effective as this castor oil plant derivatives, it must be taken in appropriate prescribed doses.
kingdom : Plantae
Order : Malphighiales
Family : Euphorbiacaeae
BOTANICAL NAME: Ricinus communis Linn.
LOCAL NAMES :
IGBO : Ogiri igbo.
HAUSA: Cika_ gidaa
ENGLISH NAME : Castor oil plant, castor bean.
Castor oil plant has different parts viz the roots, leaf, seed and oil which potentate various medicinal uses traditionally.
1. The root of castor oil plant is used for the treatment of nervous diseases and rheumatism.
2. The oil of castor plant is used as a strong laxative, diuretic and for treatment of severe constipation.
3. The oil of castor plant is used to relieve boils and skin related diseases
4. The oil of castor plant is usually massage on the breasts of lactating mothers to increase milk let out (milk flow).
5. The seed of castor oil plant is used for birth control.
6. The leaf of the castor plant is used to treat severe cough.
7. The oil of castor plant is used to improve hair growth.
8. The leaf of castor plant is used to treat delayed, painful or obstructed menstruation
9. The seed of castor plant is a natural contraceptive
10 . The oil of the castor plant has anti bacterial properties
The seed of the castor plant is highly toxic due to its ricin content. Thus for purification of these seeds to reduce its toxicity, it is fermented in coconut water for 3 hours then they are washed and dried for use. It’s fatal dose is usually between 5- 10 seeds daily.
PHARMACOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF THE CASTOR PLANT
1. The ricin content in the castor seed causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures and hypotension.
2. The oleic acid and linoleic acid content of the castor plant prevents inflammation and treats rheumatism.
3. The ricinoleic acid content help treat delayed, painful and obstructive menstruation.
4. Castor oil leaf acts as galactogogues to stimulate milk secretion.
5. Its fatty acid oils help to increase milk quantity in breast feeding mothers.
6. The methanolic extract of castor plant contains steroids, flavonoids and alkaloids that confers an antinocieptive activity (treatment for inflammation and management of pain)
7. The ethanolic root extract containing saponine confers its anti asthmatic property
8. The ethanolic extract of the leaves of the castor plant contains flavonoids that have hepato-protective activity.
9. The oleic fatty oils in the castor oil boost immune system by increasing the production of lymphocytes that improves circulatory and digestive systems.
From the discourse above it is clearly evident that castor oil plant confers potential health benefits when used at appropriately prescribed doses.
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Medicinal herbs are plants that are used for medicinal purposes. Other types of herbs include culinary herbs ( used to flavour food), aromatic herbs ( used to add fragrance). Medicinal herbs cover a wide range of types of plants. They can be annual or perennials; woody or herbaceous; sun loving or shade requiring. The parts use for medicinal purposes may be their leaves, flowers, root, seeds or bark. Medicinal herbs have been in use by both plants and animals for many thousand years. Not surprisingly many medicinal plants have a rich folklore associated with them. This cultural history is an important part of many communities in Nigeria and many other countries. In addition to their cultural importance, many medicinal herbs are important economically. Due to Nigeria’s topographical advantage, many medicinal herbs survive naturally or can be cultivated for their economic and medicinal uses.
However, despite the wide research and scientific evidence in support of traditional claims of medicinal herbs by researchers worldwide, many of the herbs are still largely untapped. The reason been the problem of identification as the science journals which frequently publish the findings usually utilize the scientific names of the plants which is not familiar to many who does not understand such botanical jargons.
This post is aim to provide common and Nigerian names to medicinal herbs to ease the identification and possibly the utilization of these wonderful herbs. You are also free to share the names of plants in your local language using the comment box below. Let’s help someone identify the herbs! . Thanks.
Common names: Forest burr, Creeping cock’s comb.
Nigerian names: Emo-agbo ( Yoruba); mama-agbo ( Bassa Nge); Marin KASU ( Hausa); ose ( Igbo).