Nauclea latifolia is the botanical name of a small tree that is commonly known as African peach or pin cushion tree. It is native to Africa and Asia. It is called egbesi in Yoruba, tabasiya in Hausa and ubulu uno in Igbo. The roots, leaves and bark are commonly used in traditional medicine in Nigeria.
Nauclea latifolia contains active components tannins, alkaloids and saponins.
Therapeutic actions and properties
Nauclea Latifolia medicinal uses:
- To treat diabetes
- To treat pain
- To kill intestinal parasites
- To treat malaria
- To lower blood pressure
- To treat jaundice
- To reduce anxiety
- To treat depression
- To treat stomach issue
- To resolve menstrual issues
- To treat yellow fever
- To treat arthritis and rheumatism
- To boost male libido and potency
- To treat respiratory conditions like cough, bronchitis, etc.
- To treat fevers
- To treat abdominal pains
- To treat diarrhea and dysentery
- To treat epilepsy
Other uses of Nauclea latifolia parts:
- The fruits are eaten as food and also used to treat coughs.
- The flower heads are cooked as vegetables.
- The tree gives shade and cover.
- The roots give a yellow dye.
- Twigs are used as chewing sticks.
Nauclea latifolia stem bark has been found to contain tramadol, a strong pain killer in its natural form. Nauclea latifolia is used a lot in Nigeria especially in the South-West part due to its numerous therapeutic properties.
source-Alternative Health tips blog, Nov. 29th, 2016