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Is Moringa treatment effective?

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The effectiveness of Moringa treatment depends upon the ailment. Although Moringa has been proven to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, according to Wellness Today, other uses, such as treatments for anemia, cancer and diabetes, require more evidence, cautions WebMD. Moringa has many potential medicinal properties as it is a plant-based complete protein with 90 nutrients, including all nine essential amino acids, notes Wellness Today.

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Different parts of the Moringa tree are used to treat different ailments, states Wellness Today. The flowers are used to make tea to treat ailments such as diarrhea and fever, while the flowers make a tea thought to increase the quality and amount of a mother's breast milk. Crush seeds and leaves have antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to make a poultice for treating wounds, and the pods are often included in dietary regiments, cooked similar to green beans.

As of 2015, the efficacy of Moringa treatments for stomach and intestinal ulcers, headache, heart problems, high blood pressure and kidney stones requires more research and scientific evidence, states WebMD. Moringa is also used to increase sex drive and as a birth control. Individuals should avoid eating the root and its extracts, as these parts of the tree can cause paralysis and death. There is not enough evidence to determine if Moringa is safe for use in medicinal amounts, as of 2015.

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