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What Are the Medical Uses of Cynodon Dactylon?

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Cynodon dactylon is an extremely sturdy grass that is found in warm climates and grows best in sandy soil or clay. This plant has been used medicinally as an antimicrobial, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory agent. Most recently this grass has been studied for its potential use in the treatment of diabetes. It is also often used to improve a variety of urinary tract issues and infections as well as intestinal disorders. Some of the common names for Cynodon dactylon are Bermuda grass, dubo, and Bahama grass.

The antimicrobial property of dubo seems to be localized to the roots. Several scientific studies have been performed using the leaves, stems. and roots of this plant, but the strongest antimicrobial properties were found when only the roots were used. To prepare dubo for use as an antimicrobial, the roots of the plant are finely chopped, dried, and then macerated into a powder that can be can be dissolved in a solution and further concentrated for application.

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The anti-cancer properties of Cynodon dactylon are currently being investigated as a more benign alternative to chemotherapy and radiation. Preliminary studies, using the extracts from this grass, have found that it acts as a strong antioxidant, protecting cells from the impact of dangerous free radicals. Extracts from this grass may also act as an anti-proliferative, preventing the rapid spread of some cancer cells. This grass may also possess the ability to cause the death of some cancer cells. In addition, the side effects of using extracts from Cynodon dactylon to fight cancer seem to be minimal.

The anti-inflammatory property of dubo grass is another reason it is highly valued in traditional medicine. These anti-inflammatory properties may be due to the high concentrations of flavonoids and glycosides found in Cynodon dactylon extracts. Flavonoids and glycosides are able to block many of the enzymes that regulate the inflammatory processes in the body.

As of 2100, dubo grass is being seriously studied as an alternative treatment for diabetes. Cynodon dactylon seems to help lower and regulate blood sugar levels, insulating the body against the shock of elevated blood sugar. In addition, preliminary research suggests that extracts from this grass may also lower cholesterol levels.

Dubo has also long been used to fight a variety of urinary tract issues. In traditional medicine, this grass is used to treat urinary tract infections, prostatitis, and syphilis. It is also often used to cure dysentery and diarrhea. The effectiveness of dubo in treating these disorders probably stems from its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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