I'd like to know what plant this is- a patient says she uses it daily to control her Diabetes.

by Amendri
(Durban,South Africa)

79 yr patients cure for diabetes!!!

79 yr patients cure for diabetes!!!

We are in the medical profession and are just concerned if it's safe for consumption - and what is the name of the plant.


It looks like a succulent.I thought of purslane ... But am not sure.

Hi, Amendri -

This is definitely not purslane.

I submitted it to some plant identification specialists to see what they came up with, and their best guess was Plectranthus amboinicus, also known as Cuban oregano or Indian borage.

But I've never heard of this plant helping in diabetes control before.

What does the patient call it? Does it have any smell? Does it flower?

Any information you might have would be helpful.

Anyone else have any ideas as to what this plant might be?

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Dec 09, 2016
How do you use it?
by: Jodi

If I'm not mistaken...

It looks like a Kalancho?

Yes, it is a succulent.

Hi, Jodi -

I'm sending this back to the Plant ID group to see what they think. I hope this woman isn't eating a Kalanchoe, because many of those are toxic.

Dec 09, 2016
Plant ID for Diabetes
by: Anonymous

I have a variegated Cuban Oregano and it doesn't look anything like this.

I really think this is the Kalancho; I recognized it the instant I saw the photo but googled it to confirm.

Happy Friday:)

Hi,

I had a Cuban Oregano once and it was more fleshy. But there are a couple of other Plectranthis species that look very similar to this photo.

I'm sending this back to the Plant ID group to see what they think, and to learn how to differentiate the two.

I can't find any information about any of these plants that suggests they would help diabetes, though. So I'm fairly puzzled as to why the patient is eating it.

I'm more concerned that the patient herself can't identify the plant for the doctor.

PSA: It's extremely dangerous to eat anything that you haven't positively identified.

Dec 12, 2016

by: Patricia

Here is the answer to how to tell Kalanchoe from Plechantris (from the Plant Identification group):

"The Kalanchoe it resembles, blossfeldiana, that has leaves that feel waxy, almost fake. Your Plectranthus leaves should have a slightly fuzzy feel. Might not be evident in a pic but your fingers can confirm. Plectranthus usually have prominently raised veins on the leaf reverse. Kalanchoe leaves are smooth on both sides with no visible veins beyond a midrib."

Hope this helps anyone who might be confused.

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