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Daniri

Benefits of Daniri Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name decaspermum fruticosum, this plant commonly grows throughout the Philippines, mostly in islands and provinces on thickets and secondary forests at an altitude ranging up to 2,000 feet. It also grows in the countries such as China, Malaya, tropical Australia, and Polynesia. It has astringent and anti-dysenteric effects. In the Philippines, Daniri fruits are used as cure for stomach pains. Dysentery may also be cured by Daniri. Read More

Dilang-aso

Benefits of Dilang-aso Image by OscarParraga / CC BY-SA 2.0 Dilang-aso (Pseudelephantopus spicatus (Juss.) Rohr.) belongs to the family Compositae. The plant goes by many names like dila-dila, dog’s tongue, false elephant foot, iron weed and tobacco weed. It is a common troublesome and vigorous weed that can be found growing by roadsides, in waste places and as a weed in pastoral, plantation, and agricultural lands. It is harvested from the wild and used as a medicine. The leaves are used to cure wounds and can be applied topically as a specific treatment for eczema. Read More

Duhat-matsing

Benefits of Duhat-matsing Image by Adityamadhav83 / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name polyalthia suberosa, this plant is also known as Polyalthia and Corky debbar tree, in English. It commonly grows in thickets in the provinces of Cagayan, Laguna, and Mindanao, at low and medium altitudes. It can also be found in countries such as China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam. It has anti-HIV replication, anti-bacterial, adaptogenic, febrifuge, astringent, analgesic, laxative, diuretic, soporific, and sedative effects. In the tropics, its latex is used as crude filling for tooth cavities. Read More

Dao

Benefits of Dao Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name dracontomelon dao, this plant is also known as the Argus pheasant tree, New Guinea walnut, and Pacific walnut, in English. It is known to be native to Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Thailand. It is previously distributed in forests throughout the Philippines but is now becoming rare. Dao has cooling, antidotal, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. It is believed to help cure conditions such as itches, internal ulcers, poisoning, dysentery, and inflammation of the skin. In Indonesia, women drink a decoction of Dao bark to expel the membrane enveloping the fetus in the womb. Read More

Dilang-baka

Benefits of Dilang-baka Image by Mauroguanandi / CC BY 2.0 Dilang-baka (Opuntia cochenillifera) belongs to the Cactaceae family. It is a succulent, evergreen shrub or small tree. This plant goes by many name including Dapal, cochineal cactus, prickly pear, velvet opuntia and wooly joint prickly pear. It is commonly found in the wild, and planted for ornamental purposes. Naturally grows in dry and semi- dry areas in the tropics. It has edible fruits and the young stems are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. In medicinal purposes, the fruits and flattened leaf like stem are applied in folk medicine. The flattened stem sections are used as poultice to treat fungal skin infections and fevers. While the branches are roasted and sliced then applied as a poultice to relieve pain, swelling. Grated stem is mixed with corn meal and soft grease then applied externally to relieve heavy chest colds and fever associated with pneumonia. Read More

Dungon-late

Benefits of Dungon-late Image by Wendy Cutle / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name heritiera littoralis, this plant is also known as the Boat-fruited mangrove and Looking-glass tree, in English. It usually grows throughout the long side of the seashores in the Philippines. This species can also be found in India, tropical Africa and through Malaya and Polynesia. Dungon-late is believed to help cure conditions such as diarrhea and dysentery. In the Moluccas, they extract the seeds to utilize this plant while in Vietnam, they make decoction out of the dungon-late seeds to utilize it as a treatment. Read More

Dahong-pula

Benefits of Dahong-pula Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 4.0 This herb is commonly known as “Bloodleaf” or “Chicken gizzard” in English. It has a scientific name of Iresine herbstii Hook. It is actually cultivated throughout the Philippines and is known to be native to tropical America. Dahong-pula is also known for its different uses in some places. In southern Brazil, it is used for wound healing. It is also used in association with other plants, such as Trichocereus pachanos, for divination, for diagnosing diseased, to take possession of another identity or forother ritualistic healing uses. However, according to studies, this plant is a rich source of unique betacyanins and as potential source of pigments as natural colorants. Read More

Dapong-kahoi

Benefits of Dapong-kahoi Image by Edward Steven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name loranthus ferrugineus, this plant is known to be parasitic on various tree types in many islands and open forests in Palawan with low altitudes. It is also grown in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and India. Dapong-kahoi is believed to help cure conditions such as malaria, snake bites, and afterbirth. Plant decoction, poultice of leaves, and decoction of leaves are the usually ways to consume this plant for medical purposes. Read More

Dilang-butiki

Benefits of Dilang-butiki Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Dilang-butiki (Dentella repens (L.) Forst.) is also known as creeping dentella or creeping lickstoop. It belongs to the Rubiaceae family. And it is terrestrial, annual or perennial, prostate herb. This herb typically grows along river banks, margins of pools or rice fields. The edible part of the plant is the pad-like stems; it can be eaten raw or cooked. Young stems have a citrus-like flavor it is rich in amino acids and vitamins. For medicinal uses, leaves are used for when of blood ailments to purify the blood. Also used to improve eyesight, and prescribed as laxative. Read More

Duranta

Benefits of Duranta Image by Lazaregagnidze / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name duranta repens, this plant is also known as the Golden dew drop, Golden eardrops, Pigeon berry, and Skyflower, in English. It is known to ne native from the tropical America but is commonly found in Baguio as hedges and fence screens. Its leaves, fruits, and juice can be used for medicinal purposes. Duranta fruits are reported to be slightly poisonous. Nonetheless, its fruits are used as febrifuge, and a treatment for malaria and intestinal worms. It is also believed that this plant can also help in treating abscesses, itches, infertility, fever, and pneumonia. Read More
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