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I Like It Natural…Acanthus montanus

I Like It Natural…Acanthus montanus

AcanMont3A leaf decoction of this plant is used in treating chesty coughs and boils. Recently, Coral Springs Tree added the plant “acanthus l montanus” to its plant collection. This one however, was put in the doorway of owner John Rochester’s home so that he could personally keep an eye on it “These plants can grow out of control so I wanted it where I can keep an eye on it,” said Rochester,”but these plants have great medicinal value so I like to keep them handy.” According to a study here , “Acanthus montanus (Nees) T.Anderson (Acanthaceae) is a shrub widespread in Africa, the Balkans, Romania, Greece and Eastern Mediterranean. It is used in African traditional medicine for the treatment of urogenital infections, urethral pain, endometritis, urinary disease, cystitis, leucorrhoea, aches and pains. In southeastern Nigeria, the root is popular and acclaimed highly effective in the treatment of furuncles.” If you read through the study, and the authors, from the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 410001, Enugu State, Nigeria, ran a number of different tests on varying conditions, you will see that its medicinal value is not over-rated and in fact is recommended for boils, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial activities among other items. Read the study to really learn all the different parameters and tests ran on acanthus montanus and its medicinal properties.
Indeed, all of Africa, this plant is natively used to treat
gastrointestinal diseases and even to help women with irregular menstrual cycles.
NOTE: Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling of dissolved chemicals from herbal or plant material, which may include stems, roots, bark and rhizomes . Decoction involves first mashing and then boiling in water to extract oils, volatile organic compounds and other chemical substances. Decoction can be used to make herbal teas, teas, coffees , tinctures and similar solutions.
Decoctions and infusions may produce liquids with
differing chemical properties as the temperature/
preparation difference may result in more oil-soluble
chemicals in decoctions versus infusions.
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sources:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decoction
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/8/27
C.E.C Ugwuoke and C.O Ezugwu, Taxonomy of crude drugs(a labouratory field manual), 1st Ed, Computer edge Publishers Enugu.2007. PP 12-17

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