Are you a regular doctor’s visitor for the treatment of diseases such as toothaches, stomach ulcers, insect or snake bites ? If yes, you can now start saving the money you spend on your doctor as I’m going to introduce you to a locally available herb that treats these kind of diseases
This shrub found almost in every part of world usually next to roads and overgrazed areas, is labelled as an invasive species.
Sodom apple is the common name and its scientific name is Solanum incanum. This shrub belongs to the Solanaceae family which has up to 2000 different species, of which a 100 can be found in tropical Africa.
Never heard of this family of plants? You have. It has three species that we all know very well; potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants all belong to the Solanum family.
Plants plays a very important role in indigenous communities, not only do they provide food, building material and food for livestock but most importantly, traditional medicine.
Tribes such as the Maasai have incredible plant knowledge, unfortunately this knowledge is not being passed down to the younger generations anymore. Elderly members are no longer around and modern medicine is easily accessible.
Sodom apple has many medicinal properties amongst many tribes in Tanzania. It is believed that the flowers are lucky charms. When travelling for example you can take some flowers with you for the journey. Some also place these flowers in front of their shops in the hope that it will bring luck to the business.
1 Stomach Ulcers
To treat stomach ulcers using Sodom apple plant,you need the fresh roots of this plant. Wash these roots,mix them with a reasonable amount of water and boil them up for about 25-30 minutes. You are recommended to drink a whole cup of the boiled water. Repeat this for about one week to have best results.
Treating toothache,you need to uproot the Sodom plant and get its fresh roots,then wash the roots, peal off the root barks and chew the root using the aching tooth.
As you do this,the watery juice coming from the root gets into your tooth cavity resulting into positive results.
To treat snakebites or insectbites, you only need Sodom apple leaves. First you need to take first aid cautions,tie the affected area to prevent the venom from flowing into your body’s bloodstream,and then press the wound gently to remove the venom.
Crush the Sodom apple leaves and cover the wound with these crushed leaves. Here,you can then visit your doctor for further treatment since some snakes are very poisonous.
4.Its use in India in the treatment of skin diseases has caused severe bullous dermatitis leading sometimes to hypertrophic scars.
Milky sap is used as a rubefacient and is also strongly purgative and caustic