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Author(s): Makonnen E, A Hunde, G Damecha
Published in: Phytotherapy Research.   Jun 20, 1997
11 147-148

The Moringa family of plants is known for its medicinal value. The most widely known of these plants is the Moringa oleifera. Another tree within this family is the Moringa stenopetala. This particular plant has a great hypoglycaemic effect, as researchers found in testing the plant on rabbits. Rabbits who were not diabetic were used in this study, as to examine the plant's effects on an animal with a normal blood sugar level. This evidence can be used in testing the plant's effects on other animals, and ultimately on humans.

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Author(s): Gupta M, UK Mazumder, S Chakrabarti, S Bhattacharya, N Rath, SR Bhowal
Published in: Indian Journal of Physiology and Allied Sciences.   Apr 14, 1997
51 2 53-56

Moringa oleifera has been traditionally used to treat epilepsy. The researchers prepared an extract from its root and treated convulsing mice with it. Due to the initial success of the extract, the researchers call for further research to prove or dismiss it overall effectiveness.

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Nutritional Value and Antinutritional Components of Whole and Ethanol Extracted Moringa oleifera Leaves

Author(s): Makkar HPS, K Becker
Published in: Animal feed science and technology.   Oct 20, 1996
63 1-4 211-228

The Moringa oleifera is valued for its nutritional and medicinal uses. This paper examines the chemical composition of the leaves of the Moringa. Researchers gathered the leaves used in this experiment in Nicaragua. The leaves then went through an extraction process using ethanol. Laboratory work was done with the remainders of the plant leaf and its composition was analyzed.

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Author(s): RB Monzon
Published in: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine.   Oct 23, 1995
26 3 421-428

The Philippines unfortunately has a high risk of soil- transmitted diseases as well as other parasitic illnesses. Such parasites tend to be the most common in young children. Medicinemen in this area have been attempting to use edible plants as treatment for these and other diseases, including malaria.

One plant which has been shown to fight off parasites is the Moringa oleifera. Researchers studied this hypothesis by testing the plant's effects on mice who had been infected with parasitic diseases. This evidence can later be applied to human treatment plans for such illnesses.

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Author(s): Limaye DA, AY Nimbkar, R Jain, M Ahmad
Published in: Phytotherapy Research.   Oct 17, 1995
9 1 37-40

Researchers tested the effects of Moringa pterygosperma extract on the heart and blood pressure. The extract did not affect the performance of other drugs used for them. It reduced blood pressure and proved healthful for the heart. These findings justified its uses in traditional medicine.

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The Major Constituent of the Acetone Fraction of the Ethiopian Moringa stenopetala Leaves

Author(s): Asres, Kaleab
Published in: Mansoura Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.   Aug 3, 1995
1995 11 1 pp 55-64

This study of local Ethiopian moringa plants, Moringa stenopetala, was done to affirm the Ethiopian uses of the moringa plant for treatment of diabetes and hypertension. Scientists looked for traces of rutin, a useful medicinal compound used for treatment of hypertension and radiation wounds, in M. stenopetala. What they found in these leaves was indeed a concentration of rutin, although small. It is suggested that later harvest of the leaves may increase the rutin levels in the leaves and flowers. Overall, the local medicinal uses were affirmed by the discovery of rutin in M. stenopetala leaves.

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Nutritional and Haemagglutination Properties of Several Tropical Seeds

Author(s): Grant G, LJ More, NH McKenzie, PM Dorward, WC Buchan, L Telek, A Pusztai
Published in: The Journal of Agricultural Science.   Jun 13, 1995
124 3 437-445

In assessing the nutritional value of Moringa oleifera seeds, researchers also examined the amounts of toxic and non-toxic lectin. Results of the experiments on rats show that there is not a high enough amount of lectin in the seeds to have an effect otherwise.

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Modulatory Potency of Drumstick Lectin on the Host Defense System

Author(s): Jayavardhanan KK, K Suresh, KR Panifkkar, DM Vasudevan
Published in: Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research.   Oct 15, 1994
13 3 205-209

Lectin in Moringa oleifera helps to increase the immune system's ability to kill and ward off cancer cells. Higher concentrations of lectin used caused more activity from natural killer cells, the specific cells that destroy cancerous ones. They killed more cancerous cells with lectin than without it.

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Author(s): Faiz S, BS Siddiqui, R Saleem, S Siddiqui, K Aftab
Published in: Journal of Natural Products.   Sep 13, 1994
57 9 1256-1261

Analysis of the plant leaves of the Moringa oleifera has shown several particles which may be advantageous for the lowering of blood pressure in humans. This article presents the data found through the experiments done to test such hypotheses on Wistar rats.

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Fully Acetylated Carbamate and Hypotensive Thiocarbamate Glycosides From Morenga Oleifera

Author(s): Faiz S, BS Siddiqui, R Saleem, S Siddiqui, K Aftab, A Gilani
Published in: Phytochemistry.   Aug 23, 1994
38 4 957-963

This thesis presents various findings on the isolation of nine glycosides within the Morenga oleifera plant. Six of which are new while the three others are synthetically known to scientists. Each was identified through by the spectrum emitted or absorbed by them through processes called spectroscopic methods.

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