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Medicinal benefits of “Hospital Too Far”

By Obiabin Onukwugha

Jatropha tanjorensis (J.T) popularly called “Hospital Too Far” in Nigeria is a flowery plant that can be found in gardens and back yards of those who know its medicinal value.

Can be used in various ways depending the purpose for which it is used at a particular time.

For most mothers, hospital too far is a delicious leaf that can be added to soup, especially okra soup. It is said to add more taste to the soup, especially if cooked with fresh fish.

It is also mostly used by pregnant and women of reproductive age for its supposed reproductive benefits. It is said that by boiling and consuming the leaves as tea, women with reproductive issues can become mothers.

Also, Jatropha tanjorensis is said to be a quick action treatment for malaria and typhoid. To treat malaria with Jatropha tanjorensis, boil leaves for about five minutes and drink it while still hot. Adding lemon grass to it is an added advantage.

Further more, Jatropha tanjorensis, is said to increase blood volume. To increase your blood volume, squiz and add water, filter and drink a glass twice daily,

Again, Jatropha tanjorensis is said to also treat symptoms of diabetes. However, this has not been ascertained by any scientific proof.


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