In Nigerian’s traditional medicine, a simple tea has shown huge effects in treatment of diabetes (type 2). This tea is created from the the fruits of citrus aurantium, which is the bitter orange, and from the extract of Rauvolfia Vomitoria otherwise known as poison devil’s pepper. Recently this tea was tested with type 2 diabetes patients and was found effective.
There are more to Rauvolfia Vomitoria than just a treatment for type 2 diabetes; it can also be used for treatment of hyper tension, decreasing heart rate and also to stop bleeding and so on. It is called as poison devil’s pepper because it also comes with some side effects when taken in larger doses.
Just as the Rauvolfia Vomitoria, Citrus Aurantium can also be used in other treatments like nausea, insomnia, indigestion, nasal congestion and even for weight loss. The bitter orange present in the Citrus Aurantium has a similar structure to ephedra. Its peel oil has the most medicinal compounds. The tea ingredients are being harvested by the researchers and are now being used as medicine.
The tea was initially tested on diabetic mice by the researchers, after about 6 weeks of daily treatment to the mice and taking notes on the changes of the amount of fat, it is found that the tea works effective on mice. After this trial with the mice, the researchers started 4 months long tests on humans and the result turned out to be effective, a significant glucose tolerance increase was noticed.
Another change on the patients that is noted compared with the placebo group is the changes in fatty acid. The amount of polyunsaturated fatty acid was considerably increased for the patients, which is good since it makes the cell membranes of the body to be permeable. The result of this experiment is found that the cells started to absorb glucose much better from the blood than usual. The researchers believe that this may lead to a new method of medical treatment for type 2 diabetes.