(Natural News) The cattle stick plant, scientifically known as Carpolobia lutea, is a small tree or shrub native to the tropical regions of west Africa. It is occasionally cultivated for its edible leaves, which are eaten as a vegetable by locals. Its wood is also considered useful due to its durability, inflammability and resistance to termites. It is often used to make house posts, walking sticks, tool-handles, household utensils and torches.
The leaves, roots and stem bark of the cattle stick plant are also used for medicinal purposes. Rich in bioactive compounds, such as flavonoids, alkaloids, cardiac glycosides, terpenes and saponins, the cattle stick plant is credited with having powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-arthritic, anti-diarrheal and anti-nociceptive properties. Its root extract is also a potent aphrodisiac that can increase the production of reproductive hormones.
In a recent study, researchers from Nigeria and Uganda found another use for the cattle stick plant. They reported that the ethanol extract obtained from its roots can influence brain activity and reduce locomotor activity and exploratory behavior in mice. The researchers discussed their findings in an article published in The Journal of Phytopharmacology.
Cattle stick root extract exerts calming effect
According to the researchers, the cattle stick plant is widely used as an alternative