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Kinkeliba is a plant native to West Africa to which many therapeutic virtues are attributed. What are its effects on the body? How to use it ? Is she dangerous? Explanations with Sabine Monnoyeur, naturopath in Paris and Lyon.

Definition: what is kinkeliba?

Nicknamed “long life herbal tea“, the Kinkeliba (scientific name: Combretum micrathum) is a plant native to West Africa, found more particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. It belongs to the Combretaceae family. Since the 19th century, it has been used in traditional medicine to relieve many ailments. It is its green leaves that are used for its therapeutic virtues.

What are the effects of kinkeliba?

“The green leaves of kinkeliba have several active compounds that are very interesting for our health, including flavonoids (super antioxidant), amino acids, potassium nitrate, terpenoids (anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial), betaine or even combretine“, explains Sabine Monnoyeur. Its effects are multiple:

► The kinkeliba is diuretic : it increases the volume of urine and therefore promotes the elimination of toxins present in the body.

► The kinkeliba is an ally for the digestion : it relieves nausea and vomiting as much as constipation and colic.

► The kinkeliba is cholelogist : it stimulates the production of bile by the liver.

► The kinkeliba is hepatoprotective : it protects liver cells.

► Kinkeliba regulates blood sugarit is therefore particularly interesting in case of type 2 diabetes and to monitor weight.

► Kinkeliba is also used to make lower the fever.

► The kinkeliba has virtues anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

► In external use, kinkeliba would promote the process of healing.

Against hypertension

“Thanks to his diuretic properties, kinkeliba is effective in the fight against hypertension. And for good reason, the more we urinate, the more we eliminate the excess salt and water present in our body.“, indicates the naturopath.

Against anemia

“If kinkeliba helps strengthen the immune system, its effectiveness in correcting anemia is not really known“, informs our interlocutor.

To lower your cholesterol

Kinkeliba leaves contain beta-sitosterolalso called phytosterol, a plant sterol that blocks the absorption of cholesterol in the body. This substance mixes with cholesterol in the intestine, thus promoting its elimination. Consuming kinkeliba regularly therefore promotes decrease in blood cholesterol levels.

To lose weight

“The kinkeliba being renowned for its depurative properties, which means that it promotes the drainage of toxins through the urine and promotes waste disposal, it is an interesting slimming ally. Moreover, as it activates the digestionit allows a better assimilation of food, boosts transit, and helps to eliminate waste and fats contained in the body more quickly. Be careful though, it does not lead to no reduction in body fat but rather allows to eliminate waterwhich reduces body mass“, develops Sabine Monnoyeur. Finally, the kinkeliba contains precious antioxidantswhich helps to fight against free radicals and oxidative stress which represent real obstacles to weight loss.

“In France, the kinkeliba is easily found in sachet of dried leaves or powder (made from the leaves of the plant). The ideal is to make a decoction with the leaves, i.e. put the leaves in cold water which you bring to the boil for 15-20 minutes. Count about 20g of leaf for 1L of water. You can drink up to three cups a day. Kinkeliba can also be found in the form ofessential oil or tincture but only on medical prescription in France“, remarks the naturopath.

What are the dangers of Kinkeliba?

Overall, Kinkeliba is a safe and well tolerated plant. However, do not hesitate to seek advice from your pharmacist, naturopath or phytotherapist before resorting to it.

Ask your pharmacist, naturopath or phytotherapist for advice before using it

What are the contraindications of kinkeliba?

If kinkeliba is not associated with any risk of interaction with other medicinal products, its use is contraindicated in children, pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Thanks to Sabine Monnoyeur, naturopath in Paris and Lyon.

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