Herbal Medicine, Vegetables and Fruits

10 Health benefits of Drumstick plant

Drumstick plant, what’s that! Is it the plant which bears wooden drumsticks or is self a drumstick! Many questions and many answers, but believe me guys it is nothing like a joke! In fact, it is a plant which seems to be a tree but is filled with benefits. In Hindi, it is called ‘munga’ bearing small dark-green coloured leaves. Today, we will be talking about this plant only with its health benefits too. I am sure, it will be a very interesting thing to know about such plant. Isn’t it. So, lets proceed-

Introduction:-

Drumstick-tree-with-flowers-and-fruits
Drumstick-tree-with-flowers-and-fruits

Drumstick plant is a medium-sized tree which measures up to 12 ft in height. Its wild species are found in the Himalayan valleys whereas the normal ones can be seen everywhere. It can be seen around roadsides, at backyards, gardens and many more. It bears brown coloured bark which is soft. Leaves are very small and grow in groups. During the flowering season, the tree bears whitish-purple coloured flowers which are edible and cooked as a curry. Lately, it develops into a well-grown fruit. When the fruit is not mature it looks like the snake’s tail. When the fruit gets wholly developed and thickens; inside it bears pods which has seeds like triangular and bitter.

Nomenclature:-

Kingdom- Plantae Botanical name- Moringa oleifera Family name- Moringaceae English name- Drumstick plant, Horse-radish tree Hindi name- Munga, Sehjan, Sahijan Sanskrit name- Shigru, Shobheyeliner

Nutritions in Drumstick plant:-

Leaves-of-Drumstick-plant
Leaves-of-Drumstick-plant
  • Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Dietary fibres
  • Water
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Sodium
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorus and many more

Uses of Drumstick plant:-

Drumstick-in-Sambar
Drumstick-in-Sambar
  • Firstly, the tender fruits are used to prepare curries.
  • In South Indian culture, matured drumsticks are used as an ingredient in ‘Sambar’
  • The tender leaves are rich in Iron hence used in curries and soups even.
  • Many other cultures also use the pods to prepare varieties of recipes.

Medicinal/Health benefits of Drumsticks:-

Drumstick-vegetable
Drumstick-vegetable

Now, let us move to the most important part of our topic. It is ‘medicinal and health benefits of drumsticks’. Many of us dont know that thsi very plant is filled with curative properties. So, have a look on the following ones-

1. For Headache-

  • Take the root of Drumstick plant and extract its juice.
  • Mix equal amount of its root juice and jaggery.
  • Give nasya of 1 drop of this mixture.
  • It is highly beneficial in headache.

2. For Eye disorders-

  • In case of conjunctivitis, grind its leaves and tie the cake of the paste on the eyes.
  • Mix 50 gm juice of its leaves in 2 teaspoon of honey; apply this as an eyeliner. It cures corneal disorders.
  • In case of swelling of eyes; mix equal quantities of the juice of its leaves and honey.
  • Put 2 drops of each in the eyes.
  • It cures eye pain and swelling.

3. For Bronchial Asthma-

  • Extract the juice of Drumstick plant.
  • Mix equal quantities of drumstick’s juice and ginger juice.
  • Give 10-15 gm of this twice a day to the patient.
  • It cures Bronchial Asthma.

4. For Epilepsy-

Give 20-50 decoction of its roots; twice a day. it helps to reduce convulsions.

5. For Dyspepsia-

  • Grind equal quantities of Drumstick’s root, mustard and ginger.
  • Prepare tablets of 1 gm each.
  • Give 2 tablets twice a day to the patient.
  • Or, boil 2 teaspoon of its root in 400 ml of water.
  • Boil till the water reduce to 1/4th.
  • Give this to the patient for gargles.

6. For Dog bite-

  • Mix and gring equal quantities of drumstick leaves, ginger, turmeric, salt and black pepper.
  • Apply this on the swollen area.
  • It cures swelling and fever.
  • Give 10-15 gm of this mixture to the patient twice a day.

7. For Gout-

Massage the affected area with its seed oil. It is beneficial in curing gout and joint pain.

8. For Fever-

Boil 20 gm of its fresh root in 100 ml of water. Give this to the patient regularly. It is helpful to cure long and old fever too.

9. For Digestion:-

  • Mix 2 gm ginger root in 10 gm juice of its root.
  • Give this to the patient twice a day.
  • It enhances the digestive power.

10. For Internal Swelling-

  • Grind its bark in water.
  • Give 10 gm of this solution to the patient.
  • It cures all types of swellings.
  • Its bark is also known as Indian penicillin.

So, in this way we saw numerous benefits of Drumstick plant. It is really an amazing thing. Even I was also surprised that this very plant can be such a nectar. Well, but as I discuss in my every article; everything produced by Mother Earth is always beneficial and somehow good for lives. So, go green and live well!

She is a learner and health conscious person. She is always interested in seeking knowledge regarding Ayurveda, herbal medicine and Yoga to cure any health ailments naturally.

15 Comments

    1. In case of renal dialysis, you can take the leaves, fruit as well as the bark of the plant, but in limited quantity. The bark and seeds are medicinally used in such diseases.

  1. madam, i have heard that the leaves of drumstick are used to cure blood pressure in south india. could your please elaborate the factual position ?

    1. Yes Abhishek, you have heard a very right thing about Drumstick leaves, relating to high blood pressure. Being rich in minerals and fibers, it cures hypertension/high blood pressure.
      One can take the juice of drumstick leaves, every morning, most probably after mid-breakfast. You can also intake the leaves as a part of your diet.

      1. Dear Shalini please update me and kindly tell me how to eat this drum sticks and what are the benefits of it please i need your help beacuse i need to control my blood pressure.its not that much high but i need to control it and 140/95 so please send me mail in all details

  2. Hey, Nice article. Just came across it. You can mention what Abhishek had said, and get the list up to eleven. 🙂

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