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Acacia

Benefits of Acacia Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Acacia is a common shared name of many species of Philippine plants both scientific and common. Some of these include acacia concinna, acacia, acaci, acacia farnesiana, acacia glauca, acacia niopo, and acacia crassicarpa. It is abundant in the areas of La Union, Benguet, and Ilocos Sur. It also grows in India and to the Southern China and Malaya. Soft parts of acacia berries contain 5% saponin when dried. Its pods also yield several kinds of saponins including kinmoonosides A-C, triterpenoidal prosapogenols name concinnosides A,B,C,D and E with four glycosidesm acaciaside, julibroside A1, albiziasaponin C and aglycone, and acacia acid lactone. The whole plant yields flavonoids, saponins, terpenoids, and tannins. Acacia pod is acid, bitter, and singulary pungent. It is also considered deobstruent in cases of jaundice and other biliary derangements. Decoction of pods is also used to treat biliousness and as a purgative. Paste made from pods, leaves and bark are used as hair cleanser when dried. Read More

Ahito

Benefits of Ahito Image by J Sala21 With the scientific name tagetes erecta is also known as African, Aztec, and French marigold but it can stand by the name marigold alone. Ahito is cultivated mostly throughout the Philippines as an ornament. It also grows spontaneously and naturalized in some localities in the country. Ahito flowers all year round. Marigold is considered to have the richest and purest level of lutein. It is also known to be anthelmintic, aromatic, digestive, ophthalmic, sedative, stomachic, tonic, carminative, emmenagogue, and laxative. The petals of its flowers are edibly used in salads and for flavoring and coloring. Read More

Alinang

Benefits of Alinang Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific name cyperus iria, this plant is also known as the grasshopper’s cyperus, ricefield flatsedge, and umbrellas edge in English. It usually grows on paddy weed in open, wet places. Aside from the Philippines, it can also be found in China, Japan, Korea, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Fiji, Swaziland, and West Africa. Alinang is believed to have tonic, stimulant, stomachic, and astringent effect. Decoction of ground tubers are known to treat fever. In a study conducted, it is also revealed that alinang has a larvicidal effect. Read More

Anjenjo

Benefits of Anjenjo Image by JimKuhn / CC BY 2.0 With the scientific name artemisia chinensis, this plant is also known as Chinese wormwood and silver fragrant weed in English. Anjenjo is known to be native in China but was introduced in the Philippines during the Spanish times. It is cultivated in open slopes, or near the sea as an ornament. This plant has carminative and emmenagogue effect. In the Philippines, in some parts of rural Quezon, it is used to treat hepatitis and arthritis. While in China, leaves and stems are used in making moxa and treatment for diabetes. Read More

Arnica

Benefits of Arnica Image by Björn S. / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific names arnica montana and arnica helvetica, this plant is also known as leopard’s bane, wolf’s bane, and mountain arnica in English. It is famous for its large, yellow, flower head. This plant is abundant across Europe but is considered extinct in Hungary and Lithuania. Its bark taste bitter and acrid while it smells just like apples. Arnica is believed to promote healing of wounds and bruises. It can also relieve stomach and abdominal pains. It has also antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, parasitic, vulnerary, estrogenic, galactagogue, and emmenagogue effects. Read More

Acacia

Family • Fabaceae / Mimosacea - Acacia crassicarpa A. Cunn ex Benth - THICK-PODDED-SALWOOD Acacia is a shared common name for many species of Philippine plants, both scientific and common names: (1) Acacia concinna, acacia, a prickly shrub found in La Union, Benguet, and Ilocos Sur provinces of northern Luzon; (2) Albizzia lebbect, acaci, langil, mimosa; (3) Samanea saman, rain tree, acacia,for Acacia concinna; (4) Acacia farnesiana, aroma; (5) Acacia glauca, ipil-ipil; (6) Acacia niopo, kupang; (7) Acacia crassicarpa Common names Golden wattle (Engl.) Growfast (Engl.) Thick-podded salwood(Engl.) Botany Small- to medium-sized tree, growing to 25 m high, crown heavily branched and spreading. Bark is dark brown, hard with deep vertical furrows, the inner bark is red and fibrous. The leaves are winged and curved like a sickle, 8-20 cm x 1 to 4 cm, greyish green and glabrous. Inflorescense is a bright yellow spike, clustered in groups of 2-6. Pods are woody, oblong-ovoid, flat, 5-8 x 2-3 mm, black and arranged in seprate comparments. Distribution Recently introduced and popular used as an ornamental shade tree. In landscaping, considered a "growfast" tree. Uses Folkloric No recorded medicinal use in the Philippines. The gum, roots, leaves, bark. pods and seeds have been used by aboriginal Australians in decoction, poultice, tonics or inahalations for a variety of ailments — diarrhea, dysterery, sore eyes, colds, sore eyes and skin conditions. Other uses Wood dires rapidly and is good for firewood and charcoal. The wood was used for manufacturing weapons and tools. It has [...]

Akapulko

Benefits of A las doce Image by Judgefloro / CC0 1.0 With its scientific name cassia alata, akapulko is also known with many names in English. These include: Emperor’s candlestick, candle bush, ringworm bush/shrub, and wild senna. It was introduced by tropical Americans but now grows abundantly throughout the Philippines, usually on low and medium altitudes. Occasionally, it is cultivated to use as an ornament or for medication. It is known that akapulko has its laxative, fungicidal, alterative, abortifacient, purgative, sudorific, hydragogue, diuretic, vermifuge effects. Its seeds are also used to treat intestinal parasitism. Decoction of leaves and flowers are used as expectorant in bronchitis and asthma as well as an astringent. Crushed leaves and juice extract are also used to treat ringworm, scabies, eczema, tinea infections, itches, insect bites, and herpes. Read More

Alipung

Benefits of Alipung Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With a scientific name gmelina philippensis, it is also known as asiatoc beechberry and Asian bushbeech in English. This plant species commonly grows in thickets and secondary forests in Cagayan, Benguet, Pangasinan Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Panay at low and medium altitudes. There are also reports showing that Alipung is also grown in Siam, Cochin-China. Alipung’s fruit juice is commonly applied to the area of skin affected by “alipunga” (a kind of eczema). It is also used as a repellant to limatik specie of leech). Fruit poultice pounded with lime is used to treat coughs when applied to the throat. Dropsy can also be cured by a mixture of alipung fruit, with lime and garlic applied to the body. Read More

Anonang

Benefits of Anonang Image by J.M.Garg / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name cordia dichotoma, this plant is also known as fragrant manjack, glue berry, indian cherry, or sebestan plum in English. It grows in most islands and provinces in the Philippines, usually in thickets and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes. It also grows in India, Southern China, Taiwan, Malaya, tropical Australia, and Polynesia. It has demulcent, expectorant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, diuretic, aphrodisiac and anthelmintic effect. Anonang is used as a treatment for headaches, stomachaches, mouth ulcers, relief for colic pains, ulcers, gonorrhea, dyspepsia, fever, diarrhea, and leprosy. Read More

Arnus

Benefits of Arnus Image by KENPEI / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name alnus japonica, this plant is also known as Japanese alder or Japanese alnus in English. It is known to be indigenous in Korea and is grown in Japanese wet lowlands and is propagated by seed or grafting. In the Philippines, it grows in Baguio and other parts of the Mountain Province. In some countries, arnus is used to treat cancer, gastric disorders, hepatitis, and fatty liver. It may also be used as a dye that is obtained in its bark. Studies suggest that it has hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects. Read More
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