Medicinal Herbs

Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L)

Lagerstroemia speciosa

Common names: Queen’s Crape Myrtle, Elephant’s Creeper, Pride of India

Also known as Queen’s Crape Myrtle, this tropical flowery tree should not be confused with banana. Other than its quite resemblance in spelling, the two plants are entirely different species. If banana is known for its high potassium value, various studies showed that Banaba is rich in corosilic acid. This compound is proven to be effective in management of patient with diabetes mellitus, particularly the type II DM. Corosolic acid is a plant-based triterpenoid compound with insulin-like properties. It follows the action of insulin (which is normally produce by our body, but is not/ or in limited supply in patient with diabetes) by transporting glucose inside the cell. It can also enhance the effect of weak insulin in patient with no problem in insulin supply rather with trouble in their insulin effectiveness in opening cell for glucose uptake.

Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata)

Other names: Chiretta, Chuan xin lian, Kalmegh, Kirata

More commonly known as the “king of bitter”, andorgraphis paniculata is one of the widely used herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is included in Indian Pharmacopoeia and also in the 64 highly researched herbs done by the Indian Noni Research Foundation (INRF). Traditionally used as a treatment for common colds, upper respiratory problems and inflammation, Andrographis is slowly gaining recognition as hepatoprotective herb. Its major constituent is diterpene lactones known as andrographolides, which causes its bitter taste, has liver protective and bile secreting actions. Liver is responsible for detoxification of chemicals and toxins constantly introduce to our body.