Type 2 diabetes and arthritis: Tobacco plants may benefit health- medicinal uses of the Nicotiana plant

According to a new study, Tobacco plant Nicotiana has several medicinal uses.

Tobacco is more than just a filler for cigarettes but undeniably one of the most avoidable causes of premature death and disease in the world. According to a new study, the tobacco plant, Nicotiana , may contain  powerful therapeutic potential for treating conditions like type-2 diabetes, stroke, dementia an, arthritis, more effectively and at an affordable price.

According to the researchers at the University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada, tobacco plants can be used to produce large quantities of an anti-inflammatory protein called Interleukin 37, or IL-37 - naturally produced in the human kidney in very small quantities. This protein has been shown in pre-clinical models to treat a whole host of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases effectively.

The study published in the journal Plant Cell reports suggested that tobacco plants could prepare the paving ways to provide treatments that are effective and much more affordable than current methods.

Earlier, scientists at the University of Central Florida biomedical found that insulin might someday be grown in genetically modified plants, including tobacco plant, and then be used to prevent diabetes before symptoms appear or to treat the condition in its later stages.

In this study, the team of scientists, genetically engineered tobacco plants with the insulin gene and then gave freeze-dried plant cells to diabetic mice as a powder for eight weeks. Results from their study, reported in the Plant Biotechnology Journal, showed that the diabetic mice had normal blood and urine sugar levels, and their cells were producing normal levels of insulin.

Medical uses of Nicotiana (Tobacco Plant)

As per WebMD, the leaves of tobacco contain a chemical called Anabasine, which makes tree tobacco leaves poisonous when taken by mouth. Ideally, this chemical acts as a stimulant when taken at low doses. However, it behaves like a depressant when taken at high amounts. But tree tobacco appears to help repel insects when applied to the skin.

Uses of tobacco plant include - sore throat, wounds, fever, insect repellant, pain, headache, and various other conditions. However, more evidence is required to determine the safety and effectiveness of tree tobacco for these uses.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always do consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

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