Herb can be defined “as a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities.”
A “plant or plant part” means that an herb can be a single-celled algae, the bark of a tree, the leaf, root, fruit, seed, flower, or any other part of any plant, as long as it is used for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities.
“Medicinal” means for health purposes, including the treatment and prevention of disease.
“Savory” means herbs that are used to season food, such as garlic, rosemary, basil, etc.
And “aromatic” refers to herbs, plant parts, or flowers that are used for their odor or aroma, as in perfumes, fragrances, incense, etc.
There are numerous other uses for herbs that do not easily fit into these three categories. For example, herbs are used in the preservation of food, for dying cloth, pest control, decorating, and for many other purposes.
Did I forget to mention that herbs are often used for food?
“Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.” —Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine
In the case of Ruzu Bitters which has been tested and approved by NAFDAC as safe for consumption. It is made up of 3 main herbs namely:
• Uvaria Chamae – Bush Banana(Ogede Odo)
• Curculigo Pilosa – Squirell Groundnut( Epa Ikun)
• Colocynthis Citrullus -Bitter Apple(Bara)
These 3 main herbs alongside other constituents have been combined in a way that delivers the best value to the human body.
Unlike orthodox medicine where a drug has one, two or three pure chemical ingredient and is therefore subjected to certain testing to understand its Pharmacokinetics (what the body does to the drugs i.e. absorption, distribution, elimination, etc.) and Pharmacodynamics (what the drug does to the body i.e. drug interaction with cellular receptors, enzymes, etc.), a crude medicinal plant preparation is not subject to this as each herb contains up to 40 different chemical compounds each belonging to different phytochemical groups.
What is done in medicinal plant research is to assess biosafety in what is called toxicity studies. Acute, sub – acute, chronic etc. toxicity studies are carried out. Plant preparations are given to subjects and full blood parameters (AST, ALT, ALP, Urea, creatinine, PCV, WBC etc) are assayed for. These parameters including an assay for oxidative stress parameters are analyzed.
All these test have been conducted on Ruzu Bitters and the results are tremendous in favor of Ruzu. Preliminary experiments carried out on Ruzu do not only affirm its claims but also show that it is very safe for consumption as approved by NAFDAC. Further research is ongoing to find out how many more boundaries we can push with Ruzu.
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