|Moringa oleifera, a very powerful herb that can cause bleeding|
In fact, moringa provides solutions to far more issue than just health. The tree can remove pollution from water, grows easily where water is scarce and provides livestock with protein.
As a plant biologist, I've always munched on berries, leaves, nuts and fruit from plants in the garden and plants in the wild. And I've never had a problem, until the other day after a week of eating a handful of moringa leaves each day.
Immediately after eating the moringa leaves I began feeling full of energy. There is quite a bit of literature available pointing to how the phytochemicals in moringa can actually improve peripheral circulation.
But within a couple of days I began to urinate blood, lots of blood.
At first I thought I was passing another kidney stone. It'd only been a couple weeks since I passed three very large stones and they did some serious damage on the way down, creating lots of blood flow with their razor sharp edges.
But the kidney stone damage cleared up within a couple of days.
After a week of urinating blood I began to think the problem at hand was not a kidney stone issue.
Then someone sent me a link to a website where the information suggested moringa could cause internal bleeding. So I began to research moringa's effects on bleeding and clotting. There are several quite complicated scientific papers on how moringa's chemical components can interfere with blood clotting. After reading and rereading the medical terms I realized that the plant is actually a very powerful anti-coagulant and even an abortifacient.
So the morning habit of eating moringa leaves stopped. And within a day there was no more blood in my urine.
The more I read and researched, the more I realized this plant is not a plant to be taken lightly when ingested for any reason.
Moringa was causing me to hemorrhage. I was actually bleeding out internally.
Now before I would had scoffed if I had read this. I would have said something to the effect of 'it was a fluke interaction with other medications', or 'actually something else and not moringa'.
But once you experience first hand the power, good or bad, of this plant, you stand in awe of it.
We have several moringa trees planted around the yard. Now everytime I walk by one I shiver just a little. The plant can be a blessing. The plant can also be a monster.
Lesson learned the hard way. Herbs, leaves and berries can be good. They can also be deadly.