Pignut/Barbados nut is highly medicinal. A study on it had revealed its potency.
Pignut or Barbados nut is scientifically known as JATROPHA CURCAS LINN. In Nigeria, and in the Igboland in particular, Agulu called it Ugbolo; Umuakpo called it Okweni. Generaaly, it is known as Bulu Olu. In Yoruba: Ijebu called it cengirun, Ijesha called it botuje-ubo. In Hausa, it is called bii ni da zuguu while Gwari called it kwotewi.
Source: JSTOR Collection: Useful plants of west tropical African. Vol 2.
However, According to Oliver Bever (1982), pignut is used to cure arthritic troubles in Igbo land.
Consequently, its anti-microbial activity was assessed using Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella Pneumonia, Bacillus Subtilis, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella Typhi, Candida Albicans and Aspergillus Niger. It was shown that its anti-microbial activity depends on the content of its extract and n-hexane extract have no anti-microbial activity that was comparable to those of chloramphenicol and nystatin.
This leaf, however, has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity. Pignut is good and healthy. Consuming it will boost your immune system and help to fight free radicals. Appreciate and preserve it.
Reference: Eze Charity C.