THE HEALTH VALUES OF AFRAMOMUM MELEGUETA OR ALLIGATOR PEPPER BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN.
Aframomum Melegueta Zingiberaceae which is also known in the alternative medicine circles as Alligator pepper is not only very useful to appease our deities, it also serves as a gift for welcoming the guests to our homes when they come visiting. Despite the fact that Aframomum Meleguata Zingiberaceae seeds give many health benefits to human bodies, they are also often chewed before offering prayers in the spiritual traditional circles. The leaves are cooked for drinking to serve the same various health benefits and values in our bodies. Aframomum Meleguata or Alligator pepper seeds or leaves are good in curing a lot of ailments like smallpox, chickenpox, measles and malaria. The seeds are also good in fighting anaemic situation in human. Aframomum Meleguata is good in healing wounds and it acts as a stimulant in the body to enhance appetite. The seeds or leaves also fight against rheumatism and toothache in human. Whichever way we look at it, Aframomum Meleguata Zingiberaceae or Alligator pepper is indeed our great friend with both great health and spiritual values for the benefits of mankind.