Banaba Uses, Health Benefits, Side Effects

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Other uses of Banaba Herbal Medicine

Banaba Herbal Medicine Preparation and Availability

What is banaba Herbal Medicine

banaba treeScientific Names:
Lagerstroemia speciosa L
Munchausia speciosa Linn.
Lagestroemia reginae Roxb

Banaba is also knows as:
Agaro, Mitla, Bugarom, Nabulong, Pamalauagon, Duguam, Pamarauagon, Kauilan, Parasabukung, Makablos, Tabangau, Tauagnau

Banaba is a flowering plant that grows in warm climate like the Philippines, India and others. Banaba is widely used in the Philippines and as herbal medicine for diabetes. While in India, Banaba is also used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of diabetes. The Banaba leaves and flowers contain corrosolic acid, a substance being studied for its insulin like effect of lowering the glucose in the body. Banaba is also being studied as a weight-loss supplement for its ability to delay or reduce the absorption of carbohydraes. Banaba is also rich in vitamins and minerals including zinc and magnesium. Banaba is also rich in dietary fibers.

Folkloric uses of Banaba herbal medicine include the treatment for diarrhea, constipation, inflammation of kidneys, dysuria and other urinary dysfunctions

Banaba is a tropical flowering tree that grow up to 10 meters high. Banaba has large green oblong leaves that is about 3 inches in width and 7 inches in length. The flowers or Banaba are racemes and colored pink to lavender. Banaba bears nut-like fruits that are arranged in large clumps.

banaba, herbal medicine for diabetes

Banaba is used as herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes not only in India but also in the Philippines.

Studies have shown that Banaba contains corosolic acid that acts like insulin by lowering the blood sugar in the body. Corosolic acid is a triterpenoid glycoside that improves the cellular uptake of glucose (Murakami C, et al 1993, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin),

How to use Banaba Herb for Diabetes?

The following details the preparation and application of Banaba herbal medicine for diabetes

banaba dry leaves
  • Dry Banaba leaves and fruits for about two weeks
  • cut Banaba leaves into peices
lagundi boiled
  • Boil the dried Banaba leaves and fruits in water,
  • One cup of dried banaba leaves and fruits to one cup water.
lagundi strained
  • Let it steep for 30 minutes,
banaba tea
  • Strain the leaves and fruits.
banaba herbal tea
  • Take the Banaba herbal tea for 4 to 6 times daily.

Although studies have shown that Banaba does not contain any toxic ingredients. It is recommended that before taking any herbal medicine for your diabetes, consult with your doctor.


banaba herbal tea for weight loss management

Banaba herbal tea is also used for sustained weight-loss management. The corosolic acid in Banaba leaves and flowers acts by delaying and reducing the absorption of carbohydrates by the body. Continued drinking of banaba tea causes weight loss without any side effects.

In a group study that has been conducted for Glucosol™-a US patent drug containing corosolic acid. There was a reduction of weight for diabetic subjects. Similar study was done for non-diabetics and it was found that corosolic acid does not alter either the absorption or clearance of blood sugar in non-diabetic subjects, while retaining its weight-loss effect (Corosolic acid formulation and its application for weight-loss management and blood sugar balance. US Patent Issued on August 31, 2004 ).

How to use Banaba herb for Weight loss?

Preparation and application of Banaba herbal tea for weight loss management

  • Dry Banaba leaves and fruits for about two weeks
  • cut Banaba leaves and fuits into peices
  • Boil the dried leaves and fruits in water,
  • one cup of dried banaba leaves and fruits to 2 cups of water.
  • Let it seep for 30 minutes,
  • Strain the leaves and fruits.
  • Take the Banaba herbal tea for 4 to 6 times dai

Banaba Side Effects

Although according to studies, there were no known toxic or adverse effect from Banaba. However if discomfort occurs, stop using Banaba herbal tea.

Other Banaba health benefits

Banaba is also used for other folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of the following

  • blood pressure control ,
  • kidney disorders,
  • urinary dysfunctions (helps ease urination) ,
  • controls the cholesterol levels,
  • treatment of diarrhea,
  • facilitates bowel movement
  • treatment of fevers and others.

banaba Herb availability

Banaba Herbal Capsules.

banaba capsule Banaba in capsule form is easier to partake avoiding the hassles of preparing the banaba tea. A lot are now being sold in the market, but it is best that you buy from a reputable company that produces high quality Banaba capsules.

A favorably reveiwed product is Paradise Herb Banaba leaf capsule. It has Full Spectrum 12:1 potent concentration naturally extracted without the use of toxic solvents, harsh chemicals or gases. The process ensure all the active and synergistic constituents are present in the balanced ratio as nature intended. This Banaba Capsule is available in Amazon along with other Banaba extracts

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Xanthine oxidase inhibitors from the leaves of Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers. Tomonori Unno, , Akio Sugimoto and Takami Kakuda

Active Compounds from Lagerstroemia speciosa, Insulin-like Glucose Uptake-Stimulatory/Inhibitory and Adipocyte Differentiation-Inhibitory Activities in 3T3-L1 Cells / Naisheng Bai et al / J. Agric. Food Chem., 2008, 56 (24), pp 11668–11674 / DOI: 10.1021/jf802152z

Antidiabetic activity of a standardized extract (Glucosol) from Lagerstroemia speciosa leaves in Type II diabetics a dose-dependence study / JUDY William V; HARI Siva P; STOGSDILL W. W; JUDY Janet S; NAGUIB Yousry M. A; PASSWATER Richard 


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