According to Healthline - Cucumber leaves have long been used to treat various ailments, especially those related to digestion. Having the Latin name Paederia foetida, these leaves are native to India and grow well in warm climates.
The pungent fragrance of sembukan leaves makes these leaves also known as fart leaves or fart leaves. But despite the smell, this plant is also good for health.
Benefits of sembukan leaves for the body
Traditionally, sembukan leaves have often been used to cure diseases. So, what if seen from the scientific side?
Currently, there have been several studies that look at the potential health benefits of constipated leaves. However, most of the research has only been conducted on animal tests and has not been tested directly on humans.
Here are some of the potential benefits of constipated leaves that have been studied:
1. Good for digestive diseases
The most commonly known benefit of sembukan leaves is to treat various digestive problems. Traditionally, these leaves are used as herbal ingredients to cure diarrhea, stomach ulcers, and high stomach acid.
Furthermore, the benefits of cured leaves for health have also been scientifically proven. These leaves are proven to have anti-inflammatory and antiulcer properties that can protect the stomach from excess acid production.
2. Protects the liver
Cucumber leaf extract has been shown to treat the liver in test animals that were chronically poisoned. This plant also has other properties that can protect liver health, thereby reducing the risk of disease and has the potential to be further researched as a treatment material for liver function disorders.
3. Potential to be used as a natural cough medicine
Cucumber leaves have anti-inflammatory properties that also make it possible to develop it as an effective natural cough medicine, especially for dry cough conditions.
In fact, these leaves are considered to have similar effects to over-the-counter antitussive cough medicines. Even so, this claim has only been obtained from animal studies. This means that further research needs to be done to see its effectiveness in humans.
to see its effectiveness in humans.
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4. Treating arthritis
Cucumber leaves are considered to have great potential as a cure for arthritis. The reason is, this leaf has good anti-inflammatory properties. This benefit has been proven from several studies using animal tests.
Meanwhile, traditionally, a concoction of sembukan leaves is usually used to treat rheumatoid arthritis by rubbing it on the sore joint until it completely heals. These leaves can also be cooked with rice and consumed for a day or two to relieve inflammation from the inside.
5. High in antioxidants
Another benefit of sembukan leaves comes from its antioxidant content. As we already know, foods that contain antioxidants can provide various benefits for the body. Starting from protecting against chronic diseases due to excessive exposure to free radicals to preventing premature aging.
The antioxidant content in sembukan leaves is obtained from the vitamin C it contains. Vitamin C has long been known as a natural source of antioxidants that are good for health.
6. Lowers the risk of cancer
In a study using nasopharyngeal cancer tissue samples, sembukan leaf extract successfully demonstrated anticancer properties. This benefit is thought to come from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Meanwhile, in another study conducted on mice suffering from lymphoid leukemia, sembukan leaves showed the same anticancer properties.
However, keep in mind that the above claims of benefits still do not make sembukan leaves an ingredient that can be used as the main treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of a particular disease, check with your doctor before seeking alternative treatments.
Cured leaf is a medicinal plant that originated in India and is widely grown in countries with warm climates, including Indonesia. Traditionally, the efficacy of this leaf, which is also called kentutan leaf, has been widely believed. While scientifically, most research conducted is still limited to animal trials.
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