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Kabling-parang

Benefits of Kabling-parang Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name anisomeles ovata, this plant is also known as the “Malabar catmint” in English. This species is known to be introduced in the Philippines. It usually grows I waste places and along borders of thickets, in settled areas at low and medium altitudes. Kabling-parang can be found on most or all islands and provinces all over the country. It has anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiphlogistic, analgesic, carminative, stomachic, diaphoretic, and astringent properties. Here in the country, Kabling-parang is used to treat gastric catarrh and intermittent fevers. In other places, this plant is known to help cure conditions such as external afflictions, eczema, toothache, snake bites, bone pains, cold, fever, abdominal cramps, dyspepsia, fever associated with teething, and uterine affections. Read More

Kalancho

Benefits of Kalancho Image by PawełS / CC BY-SA 3.0 This beautiful plant is also known as “Christmas kalanchoe” or “Flaming Katy” in English. It comes with a scientific name Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poelin. It is commonly seen as garden plant and usually cultivated as ornamental plant. However, studies have shown that this plant has more to offer. In fact, it has flavonoids in its flowers. Its methanol and water extracts yielded alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, tannin, saponin, resin and phenols. Thus, it is considered as antiviral, antiseptic and disinfectant. Read More

Kalulot

Benefits of Kalulot Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is also known as “Tagap” or “Kubi” which is commonly known on its scientific name Artocarpus rubrovenia. It is usually known as endemic species which are found in forests at medium altitudes. In Philippines, it is often found from Cagayan to Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon; and in Mindoro and Cagayan del Sur. The parts which are typically used are the bark and the leaves. In fact, the decoctions of bark together with the fresh leaves are given to treat the person with fever. Read More

Kamoteng kahoy

Benefits of Kamoteng kahoy Image by Amada44 / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is usually known as “Cassava” or “Tapioca plant” in English. It has a scientific name Manihot esculenta Crantz. It is considered pantropic and known to be introduced from Mexico in the early colonial period. Kamoteng kahoy is planted or semicultivated in settled areas throughout the Philippines for its fleshy and starchy roots. There are two well-known varieties of it, the bitter and the sweet. It is actually a source of tapioca. Sweet cassava is not as good as starch producers as the bitter kind, but is non-poisonous, tasty and grown for use as vegetable. The bitter is planted for its starch and the roots are considered poisonous but easily dissipated by heat. The plant is considered appetizer, aperients, tonic, anti-rheumatic, anti- inflammatory and antimicrobial. Read More

Karipata

Benefits of Karipata Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name murraya koenigii, this plant is also known as the Curry leaf, Curry leaf tree, South India soapnut, and Sweet nim, in English. This species is known to be native to India and Sri Lanka. Karipata is also cultivated here in the Philippines. This plant has pungent, aromatic, tonic, stomachic, carminative, antidysenteric, anti-emetic, antioxidant, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, hepatoprotective, and antihypercholesterol effects. Furthermore, it is believed to help cure conditions such as acne, leucoderma, blood disorders, upset stomach, nausea, skin irritations, poisonous bites, burns, and more. Read More

Kauayan-tinik

Benefits of Kauayan-tinik Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name arundarbor agrestis, this plant is also known as the Giant thorny bamboo, Spiny bamboo, and the Thorny bamboo, in English. This species is known to be introduced at an early date. It usually grows in settled areas with low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines. It can also be found in southern China, Malay Peninsula, to Moluccas. It has emollient, diuretic, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, astringent, stimulant, aromatic, tonic, anthelmintic, and aphrodisiac properties. Kauayan – tinik is believed to help cure conditions such as inflamed joints, intestinal worms, leprosy, fevers, hemoptysis, anuria, eruptive affections, blood diseases, biliousness, leucoderma, inflammations, wounds, piles, and more. Decoction of its leaves is also used to stimulate menstruation. Read More

Kolintang-violeta

Benefits of Kolintang-violeta Image by Sugeesh / CC BY-SA 2.0 Kolintang-violeta (Barleria cristata) is also known as Violeta or Philippine Violet and it belongs to Acanthaceae family. The plant is widely grown as an ornamental, particularly as a flowering hedge plant. It grows in waste places and along the sides of roads. Medicinally, the bitter juice of leaves or roots is antibacterial, diaphoretic and expectorant. It is used for treating serious catarrhal infections. Seeds are used as an antidote for snake bites. In some studies, it was shown that a methanol extract of leaves possesses significant anti-inflammatory activity. Read More

Kulantro

Benefits of Kulantro Image by Llez / CC BY-SA 3.0 Kulantro also known as “Cilantro / Coriander” and in scientific name “Coriandrum sativum”, it is a plant from the family of Apiaceae or Umbellifers. Seeds and the herb of coriander, both of which are used as spice or a medicinal plant. It is native to the Mediterranean but cultivated worldwide as a culinary herb. And also grows in Baguio, Philippines. The part of the plant that can use are the leaves, seeds, fruits, and oil. It is considered aromatic, anti halitosis, carminative, corrective, narcotic, stimulant; stomachic. And some of studies, it is anti-diabetic, anti-platelet aggregation, antioxidant, anti lithogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic. Read More

Kabuyaw

Benefits of Kabuyaw Image by Jdsteakley / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name citrus hystrix, this plant is also known as the Caffir lime or Kaffir lime, in English. This species is found throughout the Philippines. It usually grows in primary and secondary forests, sometimes in or near settlements at low and medium altitudes. Kabuyaw has stimulant and stomachic effects. It is believed to help treat conditions such as nausea and ainting, flatulence, headaches and worms in children, stomachaches and dyspepsia, as well as postpartum septicemia. Kabuyaw is also used in perfumery, toiletries, handwash, and shampoo because if its scent. Juice extracted from its fruits is also used as an insecticide. Read More

Kalantas

Benefits of Kalantas Image by Raykyogrou0 / CC BY-SA 3.0 It is considered as forest tree and is usually known as “Philippine mahagony” or “Red Cedar” in English. The scientific name of this tree is Toona calantas or Cedrela calantas. It is typically found in primary forest at low and medium altitudes. In Philippines, it is usually found in Batan Islands, Cagayan to Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon, Mindoro, Samar, Negros, Leyte, Cebu and Mindanao. It is also reported in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. This plant is used in the manufacturing of boxes and furniture. However, it can also be used as medicine. It is considered effective as Anti-ulcer, analgesic, anti-tumor and in wound healing process. Actually, the decoction of bark is astringent and used for cleaning wounds. Read More
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