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Sambong for Diabetes

Posted on March 1, 2015 | No Comments on Sambong for Diabetes

Also known as Alibum, Lakad-bulan, Alimon or Lalakdan; Sambong or Blumea camphor is a shrub or weed that is famous as a natural herbal medicine similar to marijuana because it can also have hallucinogenic effects when excessively consumed. With a scent and taste like camphor, Sambong had been used for cleansing the kidneys to treat kidney stones, wounds and cuts, rheumatism, anti-diarrhea, anti-spasms, colds and coughs and hypertension.

For diabetes, Sambong is believed to have blood cleansing properties that can help lower the blood sugar levels. More specifically, scientific studies show that sambong contain apigenin, a novel AR inhibitory agent against diabetic complications. Moreover, as a diuretic, it helps dispose of excess water and sodium (salt) in the body. Because of this, many diabetic patients use Sambong to help manage their blood sugar.

To use Sambong for diabetes, the weeds are simply boiled to make a tea. The tea can be drunk three or more times a day. In some cases, the leaves can also be crushed or pounded and mixed with coconut oil. The drinking of Sambong however should be made with caution and supervision of a health professional. Too much consumption of the sambong tea results to hallucinogenic effects. Some people might be tempted to abuse its use.

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