Saturday, 6 May 2017



Borututu is traditional medicine made from the African tree Cochlospermum angolense. As the name indicates, it is widespread in parts of Angola, where it is known as mburututu in the Chokwe and Kimbundu languages.

Borututu bark is claimed to have hepatic healing properties and general cleansing effect. Borotutu bark pills and herbal teas are sold in health stores. The bark showed activity against the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei in laboratory tests.

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It is native to many countries in Africa and Asia. Examples include South Africa where in Afrikaans it is called ranklemoentjie, and in Venda, gwambadzi. It is very popular among the Kikuyus of Central Kenya, where it is known as mururue.
It grows in forested riparian habitat with high rainfall. The destruction of forest habitat in Africa threatens the species' survival.

The plant is used medicinally by many African peoples, including the Maasai, who use it for malaria, cough, and influenza. The roots contain coumarins that have antiplasmodial activity. Extracts of the plant have demonstrated antiviral activity against H1N1 influenza in the laboratory. The harvest of this slow-growing plant from the wild for medicinal use may cause its populations to decline.

Protocols for domestication or propagation of the tree are being researched.


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