Plants That Can Raise Mood and Reduce Hunger
South African people has a habit of chewing certain plants to reduce hunger and improve mood. These plants are now wanted by scientists to do a research on it. So what kind of plants are we talking about?
For hundreds of years South Africans chewed plants called sceletium tortuosum. They revealed that these plants can reduce stress, hunger, soothe and can improve mood.
This plant is known in South Africa as Kanna, Channa or Kougoed that has been used by San people to reduce hunger, thirst, fatigue, sedative and hypnotic effects. This plant can be chewed, made into a tea or smoked.
Ben-Erik Van Wyk, a professor of botany and plant biotechnology from the University of Johannesburg said that he has conducted a research on these plants and found no adverse effects or dependency of this plant.
“When the plant is chewed, the plant will give a little attack on the head that is similar to the effects of smoking,” says Van Wyk.
Van Wyk said anyone who has been chewing this plant will experience a different sensation and know that something is happening. Often, traditional medicine is despised as old-fashioned and outdated drugs, but these products can be cultivated.
“Products containing these plants can be useful for people who have daily stress at work, feeling a little anxious with the social, tense or have bad mood,” said Nigel Gerickle, research director of HGH Pharmaceuticals.
For that, researchers are collecting scientific data from these plants, so that later they can make pills containing the plant extracts and can be sold throughout the world.
But until now these products have not received approval from the Food and Drug Administration, of the United States. But this product is expected to be launched in 2011.