Uses of Moringa oleifera Lam.

Note: The traditional knowledge examples given below are just an indicative/illustrative sample. Herbal practices similar to the ones given below may also have been received from other people from same/ different parts of the country.

Uses from NIF Database

Take the root juice (30g) orally along with an equal amount of ginger juice- Sanjay Singh Uplana, Nagda, Madhya Pradesh


Take the leaf juice orally- Rahul Kumar Mahato, Gopalganj, Bihar

Joint pain

Take the bud curry to reduce the pain- Sanjay Singh Uplana, Nagda, Madhya Pradesh


Apply the leaf poultice over the affected part- Dhanmantari Patel, Sundargadh, Orissa

Poisonous bite

Pound seeds with equal amounts of ginger, black pepper and lindi pepper and add cold water. Take the mixture orally- Ganesh Madhukar Shanbhag, Sholapur, Maharashtra


Make pills from the leaf paste. Take one pill for three days early in the morning after light breakfast- Sukumar Nath, North Tripura, Tripura


Take the leaf decoction orally- Marykutty Thomas, Idukki, Kerala

Dog bite

Mix the bark powder with powdered roots of kukurdanti (Achyranthes aspera L.) and roots of dhatura (Datura sp.). Prepare the tablets of this mixture and take one tablet in a day for three days- Srigam Raghu, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Uses described in Literature

Juice of bark is given orally along with a pinch of safetida and salt96; dried fruit is eaten to combat diabetes 97; powder of the plant is administered orally to cure asthma98. Product ‘Sugan Nutrimix’99,is a ready mix preparation where Moringa is mixed with pulses,spices and other natural ingredients to make it rich in nutrients, minerals, protein etc., and to enhance its taste. This powder can be consumed in it is natural form or can be mixed with staple food. ‘Pain Massage Oil’ 11 is a herbal oil, which provides relief from neuromuscular pain. Twelve patents have been found on its medicinal uses such as for anticancer100 and antidiabetic,101 properties.