Thursday, July 1, 2010

Baobab Helps Protect Against Malaria

Baobab Helps Protect Against Malaria                      Inteligentná výživa

 There are 500 million cases of malaria each year, and up to 1.5 million deaths. The majority in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to an estimated 80% of the world’s malaria cases.

Traditional medicines have been used to treat malaria for thousands of years and are the source of the two main groups (artemisinin and quinine derivatives) of modern ant malarial drugs. In Africa people in poor areas have difficulties in being able to afford and have access to Western antI malarial drugs, traditional medicines continues to be an important and sustainable source of treatment.

The medicinal uses of the Baobab’s fruit were first officially praised by Venetian herbalist and physician Prospero Alpini, in 1592, who noted that the ancient Egyptians used it for treating fevers, dysentery and bloody wounds.

However, even prior to Alpini’s writings, the fruit has a long history of safe nutritional and medicinal usage in Africa. In Traditional medicines, baobab fruit pulp is used to treat fever, diarrhea, malaria, haemoptysis, as a febrifuge, painkiller and in the treatment of smallpox and measles.

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1 comment:

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