Medicinal Value of Cactus

The medicinal value of cactus is immense. Studies reveal that cactus contain anti-tumor, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties. In addition, experts opine that cactus has the capacity to prevent cancerous growth of cells. The prickly pear cactus for instance, has enjoyed enough significance with respect to its medicinal value.

Health Benefits of Cactus

Listed below are some health benefits of prickly pear cactus:

  • Helpful in the treatment of type 2 diabetes
  • Helps in the treatment of hyperlipidemias (increased or abnormal level of lipids in the blood)
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps manage conditions of overweight and obesity
  • Prevents cancer
  • Heals wounds
  • Helps treat BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) symptoms

Medicinal Value of Cactus

San Pedro

cactus has high medicinal value as well. Some health benefits derived from a juice prepared from the San Pedro cactus are prevents the burning of the bladder and kidneys, helps treat conditions of high fever and hepatitis.


is another cactus-like plant which is popularly grown in South Africa and is renowned for its appetite suppressing quality and hence effectively used in the treatment of obesity.


prickly pear

, also known as Opuntia is a very popular herb. Forming an important part of the ancient Mexican culture, the prickly pear is abundant in flavonoids¬Ě which are an important antioxidant property. Antioxidants have a detoxifying effect on the body thereby preventing cellular damage which is the path to cancers, ageing and other health problems.

The status of cactus has evolved over time from being just a crop to a cure or healer for various human ailments. Dishes prepared from the pulp of the opuntia fruit have become very popular today. Traditionally, the prickly pear cactus was also used to treat diabetes.

Considering the medicinal value of cactus, natural food companies are not only supplying prickly pear cactus but also offering recipes and dishes prepared from the fruit and pads of the cacti plant or herb.