Orchids are beautiful. Aside from providing a stunning floral décor for plant enthusiasts, it is also believed to provide beneficial health aspects to patients with Alzheimer’s and heart disease. For thousands of years, orchids have been used to alleviate symptoms of different ailments.
In a study conducted by experts from the University of Vienna, it was found that Eulophia macrobulbon — a type of orchid native to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia contains multiple therapeutic properties.
Results of the study which was published in Phytomedicine showed that Eulophia macrobulbon has phytochemicals with antioxidant properties and can protect the body against inflammation since it was able to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory proteins like tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin-6 while increasing anti-inflammatory markers based on inflammation-induced cell models. Moreover, E. macrobulbon also showed “notable cytotoxic effects” against breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer.
In their report, the researchers concluded that:
“Based on this data, EME provides various beneficial anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cytotoxic attributes and may be used as a herbal remedy in the pharmaceutical or food industries.”
Other Health Benefits Of Orchids
Here are some of the other health benefits you can get from orchids.
According to a study at the University of Michigan, orchids can help improve concentration and increase memory retention by up to 20, thereby leading to an improved quality of life.
Stimulates Cell Activity
Orchids contain rutin, apigenin, and anthocyanin which are needed for those with blood clotting problems. Bioactive ingredients such as gluocono oxide, quercetin, and isoquercitrin are also present in its leaves. Its seeds also have also amino acids and alkaloids which plays an important role in cell activity.
Decorating your home with orchids can help you relax and reduce stress, thereby reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses.
Helps With Ulcers
The leaves of orchids can help relieve ulcers and indigestion.
Simply grind some orchid leaves and then add ginger and honey. Put the mixture in a glass of water, and let it boil. Filter and drink it until your condition improves.
Improves Thyroid Problems
Thyroid-activating properties are present in orchids. These can help improve symptoms of thyroid problems such as sudden weight gain, body pain, hair loss, anxiety, and irregular periods.
Boost The Immune System
A good immune system will keep you from various diseases. Using the orchid flowers and ice bath benefits can be utilized to boost the immune system so that you can avoid various diseases.
Great For Weight Loss
Boil orchid roots in a cup of water. Regularly drink the decoction to aid in your weight loss goals.
Treats Urinary Tract Infection
Orchid flower buds are can be used to treat urinary tract infection. Put 2 g of orchid buds in two glasses of water and bring it to a boil until the volume of the liquid is reduced by half. Drink it twice a day.