Africa and Asia are famed for having a wealth of flora. And these plants aren’t just lovely to look at – they provide a wealth of health benefits. No wonder herbal remedies have been used a way to treat a variety of physical and mental ailments for centuries on both of these continents.
If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your health and well being, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you will find an herbal remedy that originated in Africa or Asia. While there are so many different options to choose from, here’s a look at some of the best African and Asian herbs that are famed for their medicinal qualities.
A flowering creeping perennial vine that’s part of the grape family. It grows wildly in Africa and parts of Asia and has long been used for medicinal purposes.
Cissus is used as an herbal remedy for everything from obesity to diabetes and high cholesterol. It has also been found to support stronger and healthier bones and treat joint pain. In fact, it’s believed that this herb can actually rebuild cartilage and collagen!
Agathosma Betulina, more commonly referred to as buchu, grows wildly throughout the Western Cape of Africa. It’s cultivated for commercial use in essential oils. This herb is highly regarded for the anti-inflammatory qualities that it contains. Working just a few drops of the oil into your skin can effectively treat joint pain. But the benefits of this herb go far beyond treating inflammation and joint pain; it can also be used to combat high blood pressure, treat urinary tract infections, and can even be used as an antiseptic.
Ginseng is native to eastern Asia and it is one of the most famous herbal remedies in the world. It contains several components that offer pharmacological qualities, such as polyacetylenes, tetracyclic triterpenoid saponins, acidic polysaccharides, and polyphenolic compounds.
Ginseng has been proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of ailments. It can reduce stress levels and enhance mood, boost cognitive function, combat inflammation, and even assist with weight loss.
Also known as wolfberry, goji berry is the fruit that comes from either the Lycium chinense or Lycium barbarum. It is native to Asia and has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and it contains a wealth of medicinal qualities that can be used to successfully treat multiple ailments. It can be used to both prevent and control diabetes, reduce cholesterol levels, support cardiovascular health, fight off damage from free radicals, and even prevent some types of cancer.
The name of this herb might sound frightening, but it’s anything but. In fact, Devil’s Claw has long been used for its medicinal qualities and has provided outstanding results. Native to dry portions of Batswana, South Africa, and Namibia, this pharmaceutical benefits of this plant are found in its oversized tuberous roots. The roots are harvested and either ground into powders or turned into extracts, which are then used to treat several conditions, including chronic pain, diabetes, menstrual discomfort, and headaches.
Licorice root comes from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant, which is grows in various parts of Asia. It has a very distinct flavor, but it also possesses several medicinal qualities. Some of the best known uses for licorice root include relief from acid reflux, the treatment of adrenal fatigue, pain relief, the pain and discomfort associated with menstruation and menopause, including abdominal cramping. It can also be used topically to alleviate the effects of eczema and can help to sooth joint pain.