“Everyone” knows about Aspirin, (ASA) from the Willow bark tree. Cowboys used to chew it as “tooth picks” for pain from sitting on horses all day. But there are many pain relieving compounds found in numerous plants, marijuana the most notorious in recent years. But scientists have found a new bomb in pain killing in the African peach tree.
“It is being likened to tramadol, the synthetic opioid drug that first hit the market back in 1977, except that it is not synthetic and occurs naturally in the bark of Nauclea latifolia, also known as the “African peach” or “pin cushion tree.” According to Chemistry World, concentrations of this unique analgesic compound are so high in the pin cushion tree that people can actually grow and harvest it themselves without having to get a prescription.”
“Just how effective this shrub really is in pain management piqued the interest of neuroscientist Michel De Waard and his colleagues at the “Universite Joseph Fourier” in France, who recently published the findings of a study they conducted on it in the international journal Angewandte Chemie. After obtaining a methanolic extract of the plant using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and testing its effects on mice, the team confirmed that the pin cushion tree is a pain-killing powerhouse.
“Our results indicate that high amounts of the analgesic drug, tramadol, can be obtained through a simple extraction procedure from Nauclea latifolia found in Cameroon or sub-Saharan areas,” says De Waard, adding that multiple analyses conducted by his team confirmed the compound to be tramadol.”
“”The work described has been performed in a rigorous manner, and the highly experienced investigative team has taken great pains to show that tramadol is actually a natural product produced by its plant of origin, Nauclea latiolia,” adds Douglas Kinghorn, a medicinal chemist from Ohio State University who was not involved in the study. “This report … shows that the subject of ethnopharmacology still has much to offer biomedical research in terms of drug discovery.”
Personal comment: yes, I am getting this bush and growing it in my house. Tramadol is a very effective drug for pain, and if I can get it naturally with all the benefits of green plant life, so much the better.
I just wish the oncology people would get on board with all the anti-cancer and analgesic agents that scientists in other countries are discovering in plants. The AMA can suspend or revoke the license of any oncologist advocating for natural adjunctive therapy. It’s a tragedy for us all.