Sometime back a feature film was screened in South India which created much fuss and furor among the people, both young and old. The excitement was about the use of a vegetable- an ordinary vegetable which was ignored until that time! Suddenly there was a great demand for the vegetable. Markets were struggling to supply the sudden craze for this uncared dry sticks
In villages and towns, ladies cooked this vegetable in so many delicious varieties of dishes. The vegetable was described as the “Viagra of the Poor!”. The ladies were very particular about making their husbands eat their tasty dishes by all means!
In the particular film mentioned above, the heroine, who has one sided love towards a widower, tries all the possible means to woo him and after so many trials and errors tries this wonderful vegetable. She serves him varieties of dishes prepared with that only vegetable! And the film says she succeeds in her endeavor at last with the preparations of this Moringa dishes!
Moringa or the drumstick is that vegetable which created a wave of romantic demand in all the houses of Tamil Nadu when that feature film was released!
I don’t know if Moringa had any Viagra effect, which is not yet proved, but I am sure it did create an awareness about the richness of the nutritional value of Moringa.
MORINGA: THE VEGETABLE WEALTH OF INDIA
Moringa or drumstick is an ancient product of India. It is the special privilege of India. There are mentioning about the Moringa leaves and vegetables even in some old literatures that date back to tenth century B.C. Early from prehistoric periods it has been used as food as well as medicine.
MORINGA: THE STORE OF NUTRIENTS
It is a well known fact that the Moringa tree is a reliable storehouse of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that have been well-established to enhance and maintain our health. It builds up our immune system. It can energize any person in a short period of time.
Moringa is one of the best antibiotic vegetables. It is used as a topical treatment for minor infections. Its antibiotic property is identified as a bacterial and fungicidal mixture. It has very effective healing benefits for many skin problems. It has been used successfully to cure cuts, scrapes, sores, and rashes. It has been used as an anti aging tonic also.
MEDICINE FOR MANY DISEASES
I remember how Moringa leaf juice was protecting my father from diabetes. He was a severe diabetic patient suffering with the disease for more than thirty years. After taking so many medicines, including insulin, Moringa came to his rescue as his reliable elixir. Everyday early morning he used to swallow a berry size ball of Moringa leaves. It gave him the energy he needed and acted as an effective cure for his diabetes. It can arrest blood pressure, cancer and other fatal diseases!
MORINGA THE MIRACLE TREE
Moringa is called a miracle tree. The name “miracle” tree is quite fitting to it because of its assurance of hope to all people, especially to the poor, nutritionally, medicinally and economically. Now it is used in a juice form and as a medicated powder. The pods which are found in the vegetables are successfully used in many places for water purification. They can filter and remove bacteria easily. Oil can also be extracted from the pods. The Moringa leaves and other parts serve as a delicious fodder which the animals enjoy eating.
The Moringa tree has great scope in the field of medicine, nutritional food production and supporting the economy of the country. It can be used both as preventative and healing medicine. Scientific researches are still going on to find out the benefits of Moringa for the well being of humanity .
Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, says that the leaves of the Moringa tree can prevent 300 diseases.
Varieties of delicious dishes can be prepared with Moringa leaves and other parts. The smell of the Moringa sambar(a kind of sauce) prepared with dhal can fill any mouth with saliva. The leaves, flowers and the vegetables can be cooked in variety of delicious dishes. When we have flu or fever
The Moringa soup can refresh our body and help us to get quick recovery.
AN ELIXIR OF THE POOR
Let the scientific world decide whether the Moringa is a Viagra or not. Perhaps it might have been a commercial technique to introduce Moringa in a feature film! But what I want to point out here is that Moringa has been serving as a nutritional vegetable for a very ling time. Globalization can propagate its utility for the well being of the whole humanity!