Sunday, 26 January 2014

he Amazing Powers of Bitter

BITTER KOLA!  “ Coca kola!”

Bitter kola is another type of kola found in Igbo land of Nigeria. Its biological name is Garcinia kola. and belongs to the family of Guittiferal. It is a wonderful agricultural product with a wide range of applications in natural and orthodox medicine.

 Like the kola nut it is produced from a big tree. Unlike the kola nut it is monocotyledon. Although it is eaten widely for different purposes it has nothing to do with the tradition of any known ethnic group. It is medicinal as well as has some aspect of spiritual healing factors attached to it. I am glad to proclaim that my friends from different geographical areas who had in the past argued the possibilities of what I claimed bitter kola could do are now addicts in bitter kola usage. One general remark is that bitter kola is an Anti-Biotic. It can be eaten at anytime and again no side effects under normal condition. It is one of those medicines that have no over dose.
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 At the international level bitter kola is used for brewery purposes and that has been the reason why bitter kola is demanded  in large quantities by the international market.

Medicinally any body can eat as many as bitter kola as he or she prefers to consume by pilling off the outer coating of bitter kola but be mindful that as the name sounds it is really bitter. However if you can have fun eating bitter kola
you have the chances of not contacting or suffer from common cough syndromes, sour or mouth odor, stomach upset and tooth ache.
You can identify Bitter kola as nut with brownish outer cover while the inner part is yellow in color. Bitter kola contains a juicy substance which is assumed to be the active ingredient. It does not require any preservative and survives under any atmospheric condition. However if it is kept in the refrigerator, it remains fresh while if it is left in the open space it dries. In dry condition it can be revived by soaking it in water for hours or days depending upon the intensity of its dryness.

Medicinal uses of Bitter kola

Bitter kola is highly valued because of its medicinal use. The seeds are chewed as an aphrodisiac or used to cure cough, dysentery, chest colds in herbal medicine.

The plant has also found usefulness in the treatment of stomach ache and gastritis. In fact, Professor Maurice Iwu, the chairman of INEC in a study carried out at the University of Nigeria Nsukka reported the use of the plant for the treatment of jaundice, high fever, and as purgative.

Some researchers have also reported that the administration of Gk seed extract caused an increase in testosterone production in Sprague-Dawley rates which is thought to be due to its antioxidant properties. Also, studies have confirmed the spermatogenic and tissue enhancing effect of GK extract in male Wistar rats.

They showed that Gk extract exhibits a dilatory effect on the alveolar ducts, alveolar sacs and alveoli thereby improves respiratory activities, which may be due to its antioxidant properties in Swiss albino mice.

Gk has been shown to inhibit smooth muscle activity. It relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus and the intestine. Although, Gk lacks caffeine, its alkaloid and biflavonoids fractions are said to relax the smooth muscles. Gk has a bronchodilatory effect.

The seeds are used in the treatment of bronchitis and throat infections. They are also used to prevent and relieve colic, cure head or chest colds and relieve cough. Also, the plant is used for the treatment of liver disorders and as a chewing stick.

Historically, plants have provided a source of inspiration for novel drug compounds, as plant derived medicines have made large contributions to human health and well being. The seeds of Garcinia kola (Gk) forms a major part of the herbal preparation used in traditional African medicine practice for the treatment of various respiratory tract diseases including asthma.

Asthma is a very common chronic disease involving the respiration system. Episodic or chronic wheezing, cough, and feeling of tightness in the chest as a result of bronchoconstriction characterize it. The fundamental cause is still unknown despite intensive research. However, three abnormalities are present: airway obstruction that is at least partially reversible, airway inflammation, and airway hyper responsiveness to a variety of stimuli. A link to allergy has long been recognized, and plasma IgE levels are often elevated.

Public attention in the developed world has recently focused on asthma because of its rapidly increasing prevalence, affecting up to one in four urban children.

The disease is caused by a complex interaction of environmental and genetic factors that researchers do not yet fully understand.

Environmental tobacco smoke, especially maternal cigarette smoking, is associated with high risk of asthma prevalence and asthma morbidity, wheeze, and respiratory infections.

Traditionally used to treat illness by African medicinemen, trials on the plant have shown promising signs it may benefit ebola victims by slowing down multiplication of the virus, giving the victim's body more time to develop a proper autoimmune response. The active compound responsible for its curative properties is a dimeric flavonoid, much like those found in orange and lemon rinds, and yields to modification, so even if this particular plant cannot cure ebola on its own, it provides the foundation from which scientists can discover a cure. Studies, if successful, could spill over to other types of antiviral treatment.
Its medicinal uses include purgative, antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties. The seeds are used in the treatment of bronchitis and throat infections. They are also used to prevent and relieve colic, cure head or chest colds and relieve cough. Also, the plant is used for the treatment of liver disorders and as a chewing stick.
The constituents include biflavonoids, xanthones and benzophenones. The antimicrobial properties of this plant are attributed to the benzophenone, flavanones. This plant has shown both anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. In addition, the plant possesses antidiabetic, and antihepatotoxic activities.

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