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    Victory Amah
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      Aju Mbaise is a herb containing the bark, leaves, and roots of 5 different plants, including ginger, negro pepper, popularly known as uda, and uziza. It can be added as a spice while cooking pepper soup or it can just be added to other types of concoctions, this herb is taken for its many health benefits.


      The name Aju Mbaise translates to wrap from Mbaise. The herb originated from a village called Mbaise, located in Imo state, Southeastern Nigeria. The herbs, leaves, and roots are usually wrapped together to resemble the wrap used to carry water on the head. Some sticks are usually found in the tie of wrapped leaves. Everything found in Aju Mbaise has its distinct health benefits.


      This herb is popular among new mothers and those interested in losing weight; these days it is packaged as a slimming product. However, the benefits are beyond the weight loss PR. It is consumed by people around the country because of how beneficial it is.

      For consumption, the wrap is put into water without being unwrapped and boiled. Some ingredients may however be added to the water to enhance the taste. On its own, the water from it has a bitter-sharp taste but an alluring aroma due to the spices it contains. Aside from consuming the water directly, it can added to be a delicacy.

      In 2019, a study was conducted to determine the phytochemical constituent of ethanol extract of the Aju Mbaise herbal mixture. This study discovered so many remarkable things about Aju Mbaise like the herbal decoction contains an extraordinary amount of phytochemicals. The phytochemical result discovered the presence of alkaloids (8.69%), flavonoids (19.10%), glycosides (6.86%), hydrogen cyanide (0.92%), phenols (31.56%), saponins (0.83%), steroids (0.94%), tannins (16.80%), and terpenoids (14.31%).

      The health benefits of Aju Mbaise include;

      Post-Partum Benefit;

      It aids in the expedition of post-partum recovery. This herb replenishes the nutrients that may have been lost during the period of pregnancy and in the cause of childbirth. It reduces bloating so it helps reduce the stomach post-partum, getting it down to normal size. This herbal drink also helps in the production of breast milk, as well as normalizes and balances the menstrual cycle following delivery. A study in 2016 revealed that the decoction inhibited the growth of negative bacteria in nursing mothers.

      Weight Loss;

      It aids in weight loss and especially belly fat, this is because it splits fats into acids which makes its excretion from the body easy. It also helps fasten the metabolism thus helping the body burn fat right away and this benefit is not exclusive to women.

      Fertility Benefit;

      This herbal drink opens the womb, cleanses it, and makes it safe and ready for pregnancy. It gets rid of bad blood and water. This function comes in handy after giving birth as it gets rid of anything lodged in the womb after childbirth. On some occasions, It is used by women who have had miscarriages or abortions to flush their womb, make it healthy, and prevent complications during future conceptions.

      Menstrual Benefit;

      This can be taken to regularize irregularities in menstruation. Some women take Aju Mbaise to balance their periods, give it a more even flow, and also make it less painful.

      Tackles Fibroid and Unusual Growth;

      Aju Mbaise taken in the early stages of fibroid growth can shrink the size of this tumor and reduce the discomfort caused by it.

      Even though Aju Mbaise has a lot of health benefits, there are certain risks concerned in its consumption. Pregnant women are advised to avoid this herb because it increases the risks of miscarriage and can cause birth defects in babies. Nursing mothers are also advised to consume the herb in small quantities as it can affect the weight of the baby. Other common side effects include light-headedness and dizziness when it is consumed in much quantity. It also increases the appetite. The key to taking this herb is moderation.

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