Written by Mita Majumdar, M.Sc. | 

Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Sep 26, 2018

Side Effects of Moringa / Drumstick

Although UNESCO claims moringa to be ‘non-toxic, easily digestible source of nutrition’, the tree does have its quota of negative side effects. Listed below are some of the common ones.

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  • Avoid eating the root of the moringa tree. It contains alkaloid spirochin, which is a potential neuro-paralytic toxin and can cause paralysis and death.
  • Leaves of moringa have laxative properties. When eaten in large quantities they may cause stomach upset, heart burn, gaseous distension, and diarrhea.
Side Effects of Moringa/ Drumstick: Stomach Upset
  • Moringa when taken directly with water or raw may cause heart burns. It is better to cook it.
  • The taste of moringa is not too pleasant. If you are using it for the first time, it may produce a gag reflex. It may also cause nausea when consumed in large quantities.
  • The chemicals found in the roots, flowers and the bark could cause uterine contraction in pregnant women and may increase the risk of a miscarriage.
  • Avoid moringa if breast feeding, since the chemicals may not be safe for the infants.
  • Do not take moringa if you are on blood thinning medications such as warfarin.
Side Effects of Moringa/ Drumstick: warfarin
  • Studies have shown that moringa can also cause disorders affecting the blood such as gum bleeding, petechiae (red dots by bleeding under the skin because of broken blood vessels), lower number of blood platelets, and decrease in white blood cell count.


  1. Possible Role of Moringa oleifera Lam. Root in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1924986/)
  2. Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme - (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/most-programme/)


@Guest Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hi, my self Vidya .[41 yr. old] ... I am taking drumstick juice daily since 1 month.. is it cause of heave bleeding during periods /germs.

@Guest Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hi,my daughter is 14 month so i feeding milk ,so we drink this tea

M.Naeem Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hi, Can you please explain me how to make "Tea" by using Moringa/ Drumstick leaves or seeds...

halksjim Saturday, September 16, 2017

For which propose the Moringa/ Drumstick leaves or seeds are helpful?

ajinnv Friday, January 10, 2014

if we eat drumstick daily will our skin becomes black

mitamajumdar Friday, January 10, 2014

hi ajinnv, no, it doesn't darken the skin. actually no food can darken the skin because skin color is determined by the amount of melanin present in the body. nothing we eat can actually affect melanin. hope this helps.

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