A published study showed that a solution made from Kalanchoe extracts quickly healed the wounds of live mice.
Kalanchoe pinnata – scientifically known as Bryophyllum calycinum and Bryophyllum pinnatum – is a succulent perennial plant found primarily in Madagascar, China, Africa and South America. Kalanchoe’s main medicinal value derives from a high concentration of alkaloids, steroids, lipids and other phytochemicals present in the plant’s extracts. Among the holistic and herbal medicine communities, the medical use of kalanchoe pinnata covers a range of mild to severe health conditions and is administered internally, externally, or both, depending on individual need. Other names for the plant include aerial plant, miracle leaf, Goethe plant, and living plant.
Kalanchoe pinnata can be used to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections such as E. coli.
One of the most common medical uses of kalanchoe pinnata is in treating wounds and minor ailments. For injuries, skin ulcers and external infections, the leaves of the plant are crushed or boiled and applied directly to the affected area. Healers claim that the plant accelerates healing while providing pain relief to the patient. For illnesses like colds and flu symptoms, caregivers often boil kalanchoe leaves to make a topical poultice or administer extracts in a hot drink. Some healers also rely on kalanchoe’s antiviral properties to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections such as staph, pseudomonas, and E. coli.
Kalanchoe pinnata plants are mainly found in Madagascar.
Asian healers regularly use kalanchoe for ailments related to the eyes, ears and throat. Ear infections and conjunctivitis may respond well to a drop or two of a diluted kalanchoe solution, while sore throats require a poultice made from the plant’s leaves. In China and Trinidad, the plant’s extracts and leaves are common ingredients in medicinal preparations for digestive ailments, bleeding, inflammation, and respiratory problems.
Kalanchoe pinnata is cultivated in China.
Musculoskeletal injuries also seem to benefit from treatments made with kalanchoe pinnata. South American and Chinese holistic healers often use the plant for sprains, fractures, strained muscles and swelling. Trinitarians use kalanchoe for many physical ailments as well as more abstract mental and emotional conditions. For example, healers in Trinidad can prepare a bath of kalanchoe leaves to dispel enchantments or make a hot drink from the leaves to combat parasites such as the tay tay worm.
Conjunctivitis may respond well to a diluted kalanchoe solution.
Despite a degree of controversy among medical professionals over the effectiveness of kalanchoe pinnata, some medical journals have cited successful clinical trials. For example, the African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology reported positive results from a trial in which Kalanchoe root was used to destroy parasitic worms. Additionally, the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology published the results of a study in which a solution made from kalanchoe extracts quickly healed the wounds of live mice.