A new study has shown that Banana stem could be a good drug for the cure of epilepsy. Researchers found that it contains chemical substances that may be eventually developed into new medications for treatment of seizure or convulsions in persons with epilepsy.
The 2018 study was published in the ”Pharmacognosy Research”.
The researchers tested the water extracts of banana stem on animals and found that it was able to reduce the onset and duration of seizures in animals with some forms of epilepsy under laboratory conditions.
The water extract was made by crushing the central pale-white inner part of the stem and sieving it through a sterile muslin cloth.
Although the mechanism by which the water extract of banana stem works on the brain to reduce the onset and duration of seizures is not clear at this stage of experiments, they said that it may also help to prevent damage to the brain due to oxidative stress during seizures.
In India and other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia and Thailand, banana stem extracts also used to treat kidney stones. Aside from its stem and flowers cooked and eaten; it is also used to treat urinary tract infection, constipation and to lose weight.
Banana stem juice is rich in iron and vitamin B6, which are responsible for increasing the haemoglobin content in blood. This property makes banana stem juice a crucial part of the diet for anaemic persons. Drinking this juice regularly also helps to regulate the acidity level in the body, and it is a natural remedy for heart burns and irritability.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. The seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain send out the wrong signals.
People may have strange sensations and emotions or behave strangely. They may have violent muscle spasms or lose consciousness.
Epilepsy has many possible causes, including illness, brain injury, and abnormal brain development. In many cases, the cause is unknown. However, oxidative stress is regarded as a possible mechanism involved in the gradual process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy.
People with epilepsy and their doctors are expressing growing interest in alternative therapies. Although antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) help most people control their symptoms, these do not work for everyone.