Mullaca is a perennial herb indigenous to most tropical regions including Amazon. Some if the continents in which it is found include American, Asia and Africa. It bears tiny cream-colored flowers, measures 1m high and is known for its edible fruits, light yellowish orange in color and small. The fruits are known as Cape gooseberry. The size of the fruit can be compared to that of a cherry tomato, and it contains tiny edible seeds. Mullaca is easily dispersed owing to the great number of seeds it produces. The plant can be found in clumps along riverbanks and any other place with a broken canopy and disturbed soil.
Health Benefits of Mullaca
Mullaca has been known for its medicinal importance over a long period in the regions within which it naturally grows. Many rain forest inhabitants enjoy the sweet-tart fruits and its use by the Amazonian rain forest Indians is well documented.
The leaf infusion is used as a diuretic by the indigenous tribes within the Amazon.
In some Colombian tribes, some people use the leaf tea for asthma whereas others believe the leaves and fruits contain narcotic properties and hence decoct them as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory for skin ailments.
In the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous people use the juice from the leaf either externally or internally for worms, and the roots and/or leaves for rheumatism, hepatitis, malaria, liver problems and earaches. Brazilian indigenous tribes in the Amazon use the sap from the plant to treat earaches and jaundice for root sap.
In both Brazil and Peru, Mullaca is used in herbal medicine. In Peru, the plant is referred to as Bolsa Mullaca, used to treat diabetes. Three roots of the Mullaca plants are macerated and sliced in a portion of rum for about a week. After which honey is added and the half, a glass of this dose is taken twice a day for about two months. On top of that, the leafs infusion is highly recommended for diuretic purposes. Hepatitis is also treated by an infusion of the roots.
For malaria and asthma, a single cup of tea from the aerial parts is recommended.
Camapu is the name of the plant in Brazilian herbal medicine. It is used as a diuretic for vomiting and fevers, for chronic rheumatism, dermatitis, skin diseases and as a sedative. Many sorts if the plant also neutralizes liver, kidney and gallbladder issues.
Different kinds of plant steroids have been found to exist in the Mullaca plant through photochemical studies. Recent clinical research has concentrated on Mullaca based on the preliminary studies indicating it is a great component in boosting the immune system. It cytotoxicity to numerous types of cancer cell and the antiviral properties it has, as well as that against the HIV, have also fueled the concentration on its research.
The steroids in the Mullaca plant have received attention as most of the medicinal properties are attributed to these steroids. However, take great caution while using this product. Always ensure that you adhere to your health specialist’s guidelines at all times.