With diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol at an all-time global high, natural remedies and plant-sourced medicine are more welcome than ever.
One of the most interesting plants from a health point of view is Gynura Procumbens, a member of the aster plant family.
Gynura has a few different names expressing it's character : Longevity Spinach, Cholesterol Spinach, Leaves of God. In Japan it called Okinawan Spinach.
Originating from the African continent many centuries ago, it found its way to China and Southeast Asia where it was used as a health supporting plant, as well as a food.
Now we are growing this wonderful herb in abundance on the fertile and rich soils of the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
This unique plant has been used for generations in eastern medicine to fight kidney decease, hypertension, diabetes and eruptive fever, rashes and other types of illnesses related to diet and lifestyle.
Holistic practitioners recommend eating 6-8 leaves before a meal, and in some tests, this has eliminated the need for insulin in type 2 diabetics.
Many type 1 diabetics were able to halve their insulin dosage as well. Apart from lowering blood sugar, the plant reputedly protects the kidneys and liver from blood sugar-related damage.
Gynura procumbens , especially when ingested in its whole form is a natural medicine, this makes it one of the most desirable treatments for diabetes.
Literature study suggests that for the last 15 years Gynura procumbens has attracted attention from scientific community to justify its unique properties and understand the mechanisms of its curing action.
We’re eating it simply raw.
Important: To be taken in the morning before breakfast.
Gynura tea - Dried leaves of Gynura Procumbens
One teaspoon of dried Gynura put to the little casserol. Put in 250 ml of boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Separate from the leaves and drink hot or warm. Remaining leaves could be eaten.
Tip. Tea efficiency is much higher, when distilled/purified water is used.
However, people have different experiences and we did prepare a little observation.
Since it’s so versatile, it can be used the way spinach is used in many countries today.
Most of the studies have been performed in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
Phytochemical compositions study concluded that ethologic leaf extract of Gynura procumbens extract is good natural source of bioactive compounds include chlorophylls, carotenoids, alkaloids and volatile oils.
These metabolites have been shown to be responsible for various therapeutic activities of medicinal plants (Tijjani et al., 2009) and can be used as a first line of therapeutic defense against cancer before chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
The results of those studies confirmed, that Gynura procumbens has multiple curing action on diabetes, cardiovascular, gastroenterological and kidney diseases, inhibits growing of the cancer cells, demonstrating antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, increasing reproductive activities.
After 2 weeks of eating gynura, blood test showed 7-9 % decrease of sugar and cholesterol. It's fantastic!