Telfairia occidental is the botanical name for pumpkin leaf. It is grown in West Africa and it is
eating as a vegetable and its seeds are also edible. Common names for this plant are Ugu in Ibo
and Ikon ubong in Efik and Ibibio. T. Occidentalis is traditionally used by an estimated 30 to 35
million people indigenous in Nigeria. The Ibo ethnic group, however, cultivate the plant more
than other groups for food.
Diagram of Pumpkin Leaf
Health benefits of Pumpkin leaf
Cancer: It fights against cancer. The presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
in the leaves help fight against this dreaded illness. It contains chlorophyll, phenolic
compounds, saponins, tannins, flavonoids, glycoside and phytosterols which possess chemo-
suppressive properties. This makes it possible for the leaves to prevent cancer growth.
It tackles convulsion: convulsion is a disorder that can be violent, irregular, and can cause by
brain disorders. However alternate medicine practitioners have used pumpkin leaves to prevent
and treat this disorder for years.
It increases fertility: studies have shown that pumpkin leaves can be vital when it comes to
treating infertility issues. The antioxidant properties which include Oleic acid, Vitamin A,
Alkaloids, Tannins, and Linoleic Acid have been shown to help both the functionality of the
testes to increase sperm count.