Top 6 Medicinal And Anti-Cancer Properties Of Curry Leaves

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Curry leaves are widely planted in Asia and used in many dishes. Not only are curry leaves a great herb but they are also a miraculous medicinal material with the ability to:

  • detoxify
  • reduce hyperglycemia
  • relieve constipation
  • stop diarrhea
  • calm nerves
  • improve memory
  • heal wounds and burns
  • prevent cancer

… thanks to the rich content of phytonutrients in curry leaves.

anti-cancer properties of curry leaves

Medicinal And Anti-Cancer Properties Of Curry Leaves

The following are the medicinal and anti-cancer properties of curry leaves, and how to use it.

1. Curry Leaves To Prevent Cancer

A study at Meiji University in Japan showed that carbazole alkaloids in curry leaves had a strong influence on cancer cells, especially colorectal cancer, leukemia and prostate cancer. So drinking curry leaves water is a great way to protect your body against malignancy.


  • Pick 30-45 fresh curry leaves, put in a teapot and add hot water. Let it cool.
  • Filter leaves and reheat tea as you like to drink it warm, add a teaspoon of honey and a little lemon juice to add flavor and enhance the bioavailability of the nutrients in the curry leaf tea.
  • Drink the tea every day to protect you against cancer.

2. Curry Leaves To Stop Diarrhea

Curry leaves are rich in alkaloid carbazole that plays an important role in preventing diarrhea and improving digestion since it can control castor oil-induced diarrhea. Besides, curry leaves have light laxative properties, which can help reduce constipation. To treat this ailment with curry leaves, here’s what you can do:


  • Get a bunch of curry leaves, wash clean and leave to dry.
  • Juice the leaves to get the juice. A slow juicer works best for this purpose.
  • You will get a small amount of the juice. Drink it neat, without any flavoring, to kill all bacteria in the intestines.
  • Drink it 1-2 times per day until diarrhea is gone.

3. Curry Leaves To Reduce Hyperglycemia

When you eat too many foods and drinks with sugar, blood sugar levels tend to increase dramatically. Excess sugar is converted to fat and stored in the body for future energy needs.

Curry leaves can prevent hyperglycemia (high blood sugar level), thereby preventing the accumulation of fat in the body and also protecting the body from the negative effects such as diabetes.


  • Eat 8-10 raw curry leaves every morning.
  • Or, drink curry leaf juice or tea every day (see above for instructions on how to make).
  • Eat/drink daily till you achieve your desired result.

4. Curry Leaves For Wounds And Burns

Curry leaves contain mahanimbicine compounds that promote wound healing and also restore the follicles in the wound. Besides, the rich content of vitamin E and antioxidants found in the leaves also have great effects on the healing process of the skin.

Curry leaves are one of the most effective remedies for the healing of wounds and burns.


  • Prepare a bunch of clean curry leaves and crush them.
  • Clean the affected areas with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Apply crushed leaves gently on wounds.

5. Curry Leaves To Improve Eyesight

Curry leaves are rich in iron, magnesium, minerals, and vitamins, especially a great amount of vitamin A that is essential for eye health and vision. If you have dry eyes and poor eyesight, use curry leaves to your benefit.


  • Crush fresh and clean curry leaves, to apply on closed eyes.
  • Lie down and relax for about 10 minutes so that the nutrients in the curry leaf penetrate gradually through the eyelids.
  • Or, drink curry leaf tea every day to strengthen your eyes.

6. Curry Leaves For Hair Growth

Curry leaves contain high levels of vitamins A, B, C and E, and natural acids that are beneficial for hair growth and scalp. Additionally, nutrients in the curry leaves prevent premature graying. Use curry leaves for healthy hair growth.


  • Wash and clean a bunch of fresh curry leaves.
  • Juice the leaves to get the juice. A slow juicer works best for this purpose.
  • Apply the juice to your scalp, and massage the scalp gently for a few minutes.
  • Wait 10 minutes, then wash off with water.
  • Do this 1-2 times per week for best result.

Curry leaves have many significant benefits for health, but are often limited to be used only in dishes. After reading this article, we hope you will start to make use of them for better health.

Emily PhamAuthor Bio:
Emily Pham is a blogger with over 10 years of experience in searching the effective remedies for skin care and health problems.


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