Prekese, also known as Tetrapleura tetraplera, is a pea-like plant native to west tropical Africa. The plant's fruits have a pungent herbal flavor that makes it insect repellent. It's also seen as a seasoning. It is mainly used as a medicinal plant in Ghana, Nigeria, and other African nations.
1. Wound Healing Properties
The dry prekese's wet fruit extract has excellent wound healing properties. The aqueous extract from the fruit has been used for curing in the past, and this has been scientifically proven. The low concentration (200mg/ml) of the extract, on the other hand, proved to be more effective than the high concentration (2000mg/ml) extract. The research was carried out at Uyo University. Often use a low concentration of fruit extract to treat wounds with the optimal results.
2. Convulsion Management
Herbal mixtures made up of stems, fruits, and leaves have a beneficial effect on treating convulsions in traditional medicine. According to an analysis conducted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the fruit's aqueous extract has anticonvulsant properties. Patients with epilepsy will find it useful in managing and controlling their condition. The extract from the fruit has the power to calm the nervous system.
3. Analgesic Properties
Prekese was discovered to have high analgesic properties in the same research described above. As a result, the extract is often used to treat arthritis pain. In arthritis and rheumatism patients, it reduces inflammation.
4. Fever & Enema
When a person is healing from a medical condition, they are often advised to bathe in water that has been soaked in whole fruit. This also provides quick relief from feverish symptoms. Constipation, enema, and emetic are all helped by a similar injection.
5. Flavonoids & Phenolic Acids
Prekese is high in flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The fruit's properties aid in the prevention of heart disease. The fruit's phenolic extract was found to be helpful in the prevention and management of hyperuricaemia. This is due to the presence of phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Tetrapleura tetraptera, also known as Uyayak, was found to be very effective in regulating type 2 diabetes in rats in a study. Prekese fruit extract was also shown to be effective in reducing blood glucose levels in both fasting and nonfasting settings. It is mainly used as a folkloric medicine in South Western Nigeria to treat the disease.
7. Mosquito Repellant
Because of its strong odor, the fruit is often used as a mosquito repellant, and it is reliable. The role of essential oils in it is thought to be responsible for this property.
The fruit extract of the prekese is used to make soap because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The soap not only has healing properties for the scalp, but it also increases the hardness and foaming of the skin.
By 2025, the global population of people living with hypertension (high blood pressure) is expected to reach 1.56 billion. Physical inactivity, alcohol and nicotine consumption, and a diet rich in sodium – usually from refined and fatty foods – are all responsible for the disease's that prevalence. Prekese has been recognized as an effective treatment for high blood pressure.
Prekese can be brewed to produce a weight-loss tea called Prekese tea. The Prekese drink has the power to cleanse our bodies of excess fats.
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