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MULBERRY PLANTATION AS ETHICAL REFORESTATION OPTION:

Mulberry plantation can also utilise fallow land unsuitable for traditional crops for productive purposes, as was discovered to great practical benefit in Zimbabwe. As an ethical ecological solution to reforestation, the mulberry tree will reach full height of 30- 45 ft with 40 ft canopy, depending on variety, within five years. Water and soil nutrients directly affect the growth and bio-mass production of mulberry trees, and intercropping with other fruit trees and legumes which nitrogenize the soil, can optimize and address food security issues which abound in damaged rural communities faced with reconstruction. The wood of the mulberry tree is a useful building material and is used to make farm tools. High grade paper and artificial fibre can also be made from the bark.

MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF MORUS

Every part of the mulberry tree is of tremendous medical value.

In Korea, Dr. Reb Lea has extensively studied and documented the neutriceutical properties of Morus which contains gamma amino butyric acid, an anti-oxidant. Mulberry, combined with Chinese Yam and Kudzu is used as an anti-hypertensive, to treat high blood sugar and reduce high cholesterol. Phytosterols and sitosterol fibre has application for relieving fever, indigestion and, containing deoxynofiremycin and calcium, alleviates flatulence and calms the body. Vitamin A, B1, B2, C and sodium relieves headache symptoms and dissolves blood clots. Potassium, physterol, flavonoids, moractum, carotenes and amino acids exert a beneficial effect on stress related illnesses.

Mulberry syrup, made of the fruit, has been documented in Ars Medica as SYRUPUS MORI, a cough syrup base and an excellent gargle. Mulberry preparations have been used extensively in the treatment of cancer of the liver. The sap of the tree is Anti fungal and useful as a skin tonic; according to 11 Kings 20 ~ mulberry should be used as a remedy for thrush, leukoderma, ringworm and worms.

Mulberry has been used successfully to treat dysentery, with the root of the tree steeped and drunk for weakness, difficult urination. Its antihelmintic properties are useful for the treatment of tapeworm. It has powerful application in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism and osteoarthritis and the high protein and mineral content is reputed to have a beneficial effect on male pattern baldness. The oldest living man who died last year at age 114, was a mulberry farmer who attributed his longevity to his mulberry plants.



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