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Moringa oleifera - Drumstick

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Moringa oleifera, Nugge soppu

Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. This plant is belongs Moringaceae family. [1]


Arthritis, Joint pain, Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Constipation, Epilepsy, Diarrhea, Stomachache.

Parts Used

Leaves, Flowers, Pods, Seeds.

Chemical Composition

Investigation of the carotenoid contents from the leaves, flowers and fruits of eight M. oleifera cultivars from India yielded luteoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, and β-carotene.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Nuggekayee
Hindi Sahjan
Malayalam Muringa
Tamil Murungai Maram
Telugu Munagachettu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
English Drumstick


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent)


Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry), Tikshna (Sharp)


Ushna (Hot)


Katu (Pungent)


Kapha, Vata



Small tree



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Tri-pinnate Leaf Arrangement is Alternate-spiral and Leaf Shape is Ovate or elliptic



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual Flower borne on a false pedicel 7-15 mm White to cream 5 In axillary, divaricate panicles; white. Flowering throughout the year


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Elongate Torulose capsule, angled, longitudinally 3-valved; seeds many, 3 angled, 3 winged. Fruiting throughout the year Bark corky grey Many seeds {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used


Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Moringa seeds can be planted directly where intended to be grown. No pretreatment is required. Cuttings take root very easily and even large branches can be planted and they will sprout.[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Subtropical area, Equatorial climate areas.

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  1. Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:205
  2. Chemical Constituents
  3. Encyclopedia of life
  4. Ayurvedic preparations
  5. Cultivation details

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