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SPICES : DRUMSTICK

All parts of the drumstick tree, Moringa oleifera, are used to increase the body's fire. They reduce vata and kapha and increase pitta. The leaves (rich source of carotenes), flowers and the long, thin , green fruits from which the tree gets its name are all eaten as vegetables. The fruit purifies the liver and spleen and reduces joint pain; the flowers are said to be aphrodisiac and Bhavaprakasha advises decoction of the root bark in ascites, enlargement of the liver or spleen urinary stone, fever, and paralysis. Internally, it is a tonic to the heart and circulatory system and calms the nerves and the gut; externally, it is applied to inflamed or rheumatic regions. The gum is used as temporary filling for dental caries and with sesame oil in the ear for earache. Research has shown that the effect of drumstick extracts resembles that of adrenaline and ephedrine and that it inhibits the growth of moulds and fungi.

References:
Ayurveda Life Health and Longevity by Robert E. Svoboda - Penguin Books.

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