Bitter leaf is a very homely plant. Wherever it grows, it flourishes and remains evergreen. The Igbos call it Onugbu. The Yorubas call it Ewuro. The Hausas call it Shuwaka. Perhaps the most distinctive part of the bitter leaf is its bitterness. Every part of the plant is bitter: the leaves, stems, root, and bark.
The Igbos use bitter leaf mostly as a vegetable, while the Yorubas use it more as medicine. But bitter leaf is popular among the old people for its bitterness, something young people of today do not like.
We all know that bitter herbs are good for the body. Bitter herbs help to tone the vital organs of the body, especially the liver and kidney because of its Vernodalin, Venomygdin and saponin content.
It is for this reason that we refer to bitter leaves as a cure all, for if the kidney and the liver are healthy, the whole system will function well.
Bitter leaves should always be taken fresh. Boiling or cooking reduces the potency of most herbs.
Bitter leaves can also be used to cure stomach ache, loss of memory, arthritis, skin infections, diabetes, stroke, prostate cancer, general weakness, high blood pressure and lots more.
Of a truth, the many benefits of the leaves cannot be overemphasised.
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