“Voi”, a plant grown in the tropical area, has scientific name as Cleistocalyx operculatus, under Myrtaceae family. “Voi” tree is about 5-6 m in height and its petioles are 1- 1.5 cm in length. The leaf blade is tough and hard. The flowers seem to have no peduncle, are chartreuse and white. The 7-12 cm diameter fruits are ovoid. The leaves, shoots and buds have special pleasant fragrance. All parts of the tree such as leaves, flowers, buds, roots can be used as medicine.
Here are the great advantages of “voi” tree for your health:
A “panacea” for gastrointestinal disease
According to the Oriental medicine, “voi” leaves help to be more appetizing, better digestion. Bitter substance helps to stimulate secretion of digestive juices, on the other hand tannins protect the intestinal mucosa, and perfume attar has high antibacterial ability but harmless for the beneficial bacteria residing in the digestive system.
Water of “voi” leaves and buds has active inhibitor for the growth of some bacteria such as Gram-negative and Gram-positive, so it can be used for long-term treatment of colitis and other digestive diseases.
Water of “voi” leaves has many uses for your health
Prevention and treatment of diabetes by “voi” buds
Scientists from the National Institute of Nutrition and the University of Japanese Women have concluded that “voi” buds are capable of limiting postprandial hyperglycemia and supporting stable blood sugar, supporting blood lipid reduction, preventing complications of diabetes with long-term treatment.
Because the “voi” buds contain a high content of polyphenol (equivalent 128mg catechin/g dry weight) and alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, so it is able to support the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
Antioxidant for the body
The results conducted in the laboratory also showed that “voi” bud is able to exterminate free radicals and has strong antioxidants. The ability of antioxidants of “voi” bud reduces the formation of cataracts, protects pancreatic beta-cell, and recovers antioxidant enzymes in the body.
In the summer, after the weary working hours, if drinking a “voi” water bowl, you will feel quench your thirst and healthy, because in addition to water, your body shall be also provided with a number of necessary minerals and vitamins. This kind of water has a very efficient cooling effect in the hot summer days. It can cool the body and is diuretic, so it helps to eliminate toxins in the body through urination.
Antiseptic for skin
The water of “voi” leaves contains some antibiotics which can kill many types of harmful bacteria such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, diphtheria bacteria, pneumococcus, Salmonella, Bacillus subtilis, so the fresh or dried “voi” leaves can be regarded as a type of antiseptic used to cure skin diseases such as scabies, boils or the fresh “voi” leaves can be simmered to use as a shampoo to treat impetigo very effectively.
The water of “voi” leaves contains some antibiotics which can kill many types of harmful bacteria
Remedy from “voi” tree:
Itch and impetigo treatment: Take an amount of “voi” leaves, simmer and use this water to bathe, wash the itching position and the head to cure impetigo.
Burn treatment: Scrape the outer bark of the phloem of “voi” tree, wash, pound, dissolve it in cooled boiled water, filter this solution to take water, and apply this medicine on the burn. The medicine will reduce the exudate and blister, soothe the pain, and limit the growth of bacteria.
Itch and dermatitis treatment: simmer the “voi” leaves to take water and apply.
Diarrhea treatment: 3 “voi” leaves, 8g guava outer bark, 10g black end of aromatic banana. Slice all, dry them, simmer with 400ml water, divide 100ml remained into 2 doses daily for consecutive 2-3 days.
Chronic colitis, abdominal pain and diarrhea treatment: Shred approximately 200g fresh “voi” leaves, pour 2 liters of boiling water, and soak for 1 hour to drink instead of water.
Dyspepsia, indigestion: Take 6 - 12g the phloem of “voi” tree, simmer and use this water to drink twice a day. Take 10 - 15g the “voi” buds, simmer and drink this water three times a day.
Cholesterol reduction in the blood fat: infuse 15-20 g “voi” buds to drink instead of tea, or simmer and divide it into 3 doses daily. Need drink regularly to be effective.
How to use
Wash dried “voi” leaves, put in a kettle, pour cold water into the kettle and boil; can drink with or without ice. Boil the “voi” buds or infuse them as green tea
“Voi” water from the dried leaves is red brown, and from fresh green leaves is green as green tea. When drinking, the “voi” water tastes slightly bitter, sweet and aromatic.
Minh Ha (Dep & Khoe)