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Author(s): Faiz S, BS Siddiqui, R Saleem, K Aftab, A Gilani, F Shaheen
Published in: Planta Medica.   Sep 20, 1997
64 3 225-228

The medicinal use of several parts of the Moringa oleifera plant have been investigated. This article focuses primarily on those experiments which have been done with each concerning their hypotensive activity, or ability to lower one's blood pressure.

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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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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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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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Novel Hypotensive Agents, Niazimin A, Niazimin B, Niazicin A and Niazincin B from Moringa oleifera: Isolation of First Naturally Occurring Carbamates

Author(s): Faiz S, BS Siddiqui, R Saleem, S Siddiqui, K Aftab, A Gilani
Published in: J Chem Soc Perkin Transactions 1.   Jun 10, 1994

Researchers have tested the usage of several particles they have identified within the leaves of the Moringa oleifera. This article shows the results of such experiments with those particles concerning the lowering of the blood pressure in humans.

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Pharmacological Studies on Hypotensive and Spasmolytic Activities of Pure Compounds from Moringa oleifera

Author(s): Gilani A, K Aftab, A. Suria, S Siddiqui, R Salem, B Siddiqui, S Faizi
Published in: Phytotherapy Research.   Jun 1, 1994
8 1 87-91

Four compounds have been identified within the leaves of the Moringa oleifera which have been shown to reduce the blood pressure of rats. The effects of such experimentation on guinea pigs and rabbits is also included in this article. Overall, these researchers found the compounds to have an effect on several gastrointestinal motility disorders, in the animals used in their experimentation.

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