Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cyclea barbata, creeping plant lowering blood pressure.

Cyclea barbata known in Indonesia as "Cincau hijau". This plant is often found in open areas or forest edge shrubs. But there also are kept creeping in hedgerows. This plant grows well in areas that have a height of less than 1000 meters above sea level.

This plant got the name "Cincau" because the substance contained in it is the main ingredient in the manufacture of cincau (grass jelly). Cincau is a gel derived from soaking the leaves (or other organs) of certain plants in water. Gels formed by the leaves of plants contain carbohydrates that can bind water molecules.

Cyclea barbata is soft trunk plants of creeping. Trunk C. barbata dark green, circle diameter rods, coarse bark and thorny. The length of the stem is able to reach tens of meters to reach the place that gets sunlight. Shield-shaped leaves, slightly rounded, dark green and full of fluff. Tapered leaf tip. Cyclea barbata always settle down in two. Namely male and female flowers are on two different plants. Male and female flowers gathered in small panicles that grow hanging from the stem segment. The fruit in the form of berries gathered with the grain size of 0.5 cm oval. When young, green fruit and a brown and white when cooked.
Cyclea barbata form a rhizome/tuber in the soil. The length of the tuber can be up to 50 cm. with a diameter of 2-3 cm. Tuber skin color with bright brown inner whiteness. With the existence of this tuber, in the dry season Cyclea barbata entirely dry, but at the beginning of the rainy season will grow a new plant.

Cyclea barbata has a property to control high blood diseases. Substances contained in Cyclea barbata can be used as material for medicines, in addition to use as a refreshing beverage. According to the PDII-LIPI, this plant contain carbohydrate, fatty substances, alkaloids siklein, kardioplegikum, tentradine, isotentradine and dimethyl tentradin useful for treating fever, abdominal pain, high blood pressure, and poisoning eat shrimp.

From some research that has been done on this plant, was able to treat high blood pressure disease. A total of 5 grams of crushed leaves of this plant with 150 cc of boiled water and then squeezed. Juice was given to patients to drink two times a day. As a result, patients experience decreased blood pressure significantly. A patient aged 70 years and his blood pressure reached 215mm/120mm decreasing blood pressure became 160mm/100mm within one month after taking Cyclea barbata. In addition, fiber in the Cyclea barbata also high. Research conducted by the Nutrition Directorate of the Ministry of Health Indonesia against this plant revealed there were 6.23 grams per 100 grams of crude fiber content in gel C. barbata. This means, if Cyclea barbata consumed along with fruits and vegetables daily could be sufficient to meet the daily requirement of 30 grams of fiber so that it can help to combat degenerative diseases such as coronary heart disease. (Hudamagazine)

Here's the recipe for the treatment of abdominal pain and hypertension:
Ingredients: Cyclea barbata leaves to taste
Method: Cyclea barbata leaves crumpled, with boiled water, filtered and left for some time until the form of jelly, then add coconut milk and sweeteners from sugar palm.
How to use: commonly eaten