What is Gumbi Gumbi?

For many years, Australia’s Aboriginal people have used Gumby Gumby to fight disease. Today there is research to back up the mountain of anecdotal evidence indicating its healing potential.

gumbi fruit on bark

Pittosporum angustifolium (formerly called phylliraeoides) is the tree known for its ability to boost the immune system, and help with many health problems. It is a difficult tree to propogate, but it grows in many area of Australia.

The wilga tree was also used as bush ‘medicine,’ and is sometimes called Gumbi Gumbi, but P. angustifolium far outstrips wilga’s ability to heal. It’s in a league of its own!

Beneficial compounds found in the leaves

Researchers have discovered many compounds in the leaves, and several powerful healing agents :

  • SAPONINS ARE natural detergents with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that also show promise in preventing and treating colon cancer
  • TANNINS are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compounds with anti-parasitic and longlasting anti-oxidant properties
  • ALKALOIDS are reactive alkaline compounds containing nitrogen that can make powerful changes in the body, and are widely used in medicines

Gumby Gumby also contains polysteroids, triterpenoids, phenolic compounds like those found in green tea, cardiac glycosides and flavonoids that lower cholesterol, strengthen the immune system and fight cancer.

gumbi cropped long

Research findings

A 2007 study in Germany found that Gumbi Gumbi leaf extracts killed cancer cells and boosted the immune system.

A study published in 2011 concluded that the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of Gumbi Gumbi, in conjunction with its low toxicity, “validate the Australian Aboriginal usage of [the herb] and indicate its medicinal potential.”



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