His name is a little complicated to read and say, but his properties are really miraculous. It is called Desmodium and grows in Equatorial Africa, that is, a very humid place, and always at the feet of oil palms. Know the plant that helps the liver regenerate in the following article.
Learning About Liver Functions
Before getting to know this plant that has the capacity to regenerate the liver, it is good to have some concepts in relation to the liver functions, so important for our body. The liver works tirelessly to keep you healthy by regulating and purifying the body of toxic substances. It synthesizes proteins and captures everything negative you add through food and drink.
So it is vital that we keep it in good condition. The liver is the largest and most complex organ of our body, it acts in 500 functions and makes a great team with the gallbladder. It allows to develop metabolic functions, absorb vitamins, act on hormones and much more.
It is also good to know that the liver has the power to regenerate itself if given the right tools. By removing a part by a disease or an accident, it grows again what is missing, thanks to stem cells. But for this to happen, at least 25% of the liver should be healthy.
On the other hand, it is an extremely sensitive organ, because it is destroyed faster than any other. Consuming too much alcohol, eating too many fats, certain diseases or metabolic alterations can leave it useless or at least enough decimated to work full time.
Desmodium descendent: the magic plant for the liver
Within the phytotherapy, there are different natural remedies to be able to improve the liver functions, as it is the case of the thistle, the dandelion, the black radish or the wild artichoke. However, the only truly magical and powerful plant is Desmodium descendent.
This species grows in Africa, its leaves are very light green, it is creeping with stems that are rolled in the palm trees or coconut trees, with light violet flowers and green fruits up to 25 centimeters long. It is also called “dry love”, “bur bur”, “beard of ox” and “paste”.
It has been used for centuries in Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Congo. In Ghana, for example, it is used within natural medicine as a treatment for asthma, dysentery, constipation and abdominal cramps. It was discovered by the current medicine in 1960, thanks to two French doctors who were doing social works in the region.
It was used in patients with hepatitis, which healed in a matter of weeks. Local healers knew a lot about this plant and took several samples to analyze in the laboratory. The first results indicated that Desmodium counted on alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids and anthocyanins, all very beneficial components.
Further clinical trials were conducted in England, Canada and France, which determined that it was not only useful for treating liver dysfunctions but also to protect it during invasive or long-term treatments such as chemotherapy and for allergic patients. It has the ability to normalize enzyme levels in the liver and relax smooth muscle fibers. Desmodium also offers bronchodilator and antihistamine properties.
This powerful plant is an excellent natural treatment for different liver diseases, whether viral or chemical or poisoning (alcoholic or drug). And as if all this were not enough, it helps keep the immune system in perfect condition, being ideal for patients with pathologies like HIV.
Desmodium is very effective in treating the symptoms of hepatitis (yellow complexion, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite), which disappear within a few days. The traditional use of this plant in cases of epilepsy also draws the attention of researchers.
How to consume Desmodium
This wonderful plant can be obtained in certain naturist homes in the form of a dry plant, such as extract, mother tincture and even capsules. To increase its ability to regenerate the liver, for example, it can be associated with other plants such as rosemary or thistle marian.
Although no cases of people poisoned with Desmodium have been detected, it is worth mentioning that it has laxative effects.
In case of suffering a liver problem, it is advisable to consume between 6 and 10 grams per day of the dry plant boiled in a liter of water. This treatment should be continued for two to four weeks (acute phases) or between six and eight weeks (chronic phases).
If medical treatment has been performed with liver-damaging tablets, such as for nail fungus, it is convenient to consume an infusion of Desmodium per day before, during and after treatment. The appropriate dose is 6 grams per liter of water.
If you want to take advantage of the Desmodium plant to revitalize and decrease the liver, as it can be in the case that we have been diagnosed fatty liver, it is necessary to take a daily dose of 10 grams between one and three months. And in the case of people with allergies (mostly asthma), the dosage is 5 grams of the plant per day, always in the form of infusion.