Benefits of Mais Image by Ulleo / CC0 1.0 Mais (Zea mays), is a member of the grass family Gramineae or Poaceae. It is also known as Maize or Corn. The erect tall grass is widely cultivated throughout the Philippines. It is considered as a staple food in some provinces and islands. Also, it is native to America and grown in the tropics and temperate regions of the world. For medicinal action and uses, it is diuretic and mild stimulant. It is a good emollient poultice for ulcers, swellings, rheumatic pains. An infusion made from the parched corn allays nausea and vomiting in many diseases. Read More


Benefits of A Malakabuyau Image by Hectonichus / CC BY-SA 3.0 Malakabuyau (Chaetospermum glutinosum (Blanco) Swigle), is a member of Rutaceae family. It is also known as boyag, kabuyok, tabog or glutinous swinglea. The small tropical tree is used as ornamental plant in Colombia. It possesses fruits which are not edible, but have an extraordinary pleasant smell. It is distributed in thickets and secondary forests in Isabela to Quezon Provinces of Luzon. For medicinal uses, an extract from the fruit is used to treat eczema. It is also used in dogs to get rid of ticks. Read More


Benefits of Mali Image by Ethel Aardvark / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name leea indica, this plant is also known as the “Bandicoot berry” in English. This species is known to be rare in the Philippines. It usually grows in thickets with low altitudes. It can be found in Mindoro, Mindanao, Panay, and Sulu archipelago and is also grown in India, Indo-China, Malay Peninsula, Java, Sumatra, and Borneo. Mali has cooling, digestive, thirst-quenching, anticancer, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, antidiarrheal, anti- dysenteric, and antispasmodic properties. This species is believed to help treat conditions such as colic, diarrhea, chronic dysentery, vertigo, body pains, and more. Paste made from Mali roots can also be used as a treatment for skin problems. Read More


Benefits of Mani-manian Image by Lordtct / CC BY-SA 2.0 Mani-manian (Arachis pintoi Krapov. & Greg.), is a member of the bean or pea family Fabaceae also known as Leguminosae. It is known by several common names, including Forage peanut, golden glory, perennial peanut, peanut grass and pinto peanut. The herbaceous perennial plant is native to Brazil and it is also planted as an ornamental landscaping ground cover. Seedlings of the plant develop quickly that can reach the ground cover spread by 6 months through its system of stolons. Persistence is also attributed to the rooted stolons. In Bicol area, crushed leaves are rubbed over insects and centipede bites. Read More


Benefits of Melon-gubat Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name melothria maderaspatana, this plant is also known as the “Madras pea pumpkin”, “Bristly bryony”, and “Rough bryony”, in English. This species usually grows in open grasslands and old clearings, with low and medium altitudes. Melon-gubat can be spotted in Batan Island, Lepanto, Bontoc, Cavite, Laguna, Masbate, Palawan, and Mindanao. It can also be found in tropical Africa, Asia through Malaya, and tropical Australia. Melon-gubat has hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and immunomodulatory properties. It is also believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as flatulence, aching bodies, toothache, vertigo, biliousness, constipation, fever, anxiety, and more. It is also known to improve appetite. Read More


Benefits of Makabuhay Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 Makabuhay (Tinospora rumphii Boerl.), is a member of the family Menispermaceae. It is commonly known as paliahan or heavenly elixir. The clinging vine grows in tropical areas, it can be found in most forests throughout the Philippines. Leaves and stems have been found to cure particle health concerns. Properties that are beneficial are found and considered febrifuge, vulnerary, tonic, antimalarial, parasiticide and insecticidal. And studies suggest that they are also properties that are cardiotonic, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-proliferative and hypolipidemic. Read More


Benefits of A Malakafe Image by David Eickhoff / CC BY-SA 2.0 Malakafe (Canthium dicoccum), is a member of Rubiceae family. The evergreen shrub or tree is also known as Ceylon boxwood. It grows in secondary and primary forests in Luzon, Mindoro, Guimaras and Mindanao. It has medicinal properties like febrifuge and antidiarrheal. Parts that are used for medicinal purposes are bark and roots. In India, they used the bark to cure fever. While a decoction made from the plants roots is used to treat diarrhea. Read More


Benefits of Mali-mali Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name leea aculeata, this species usually grows in thickets and secondary forests, particularly along streams with low and medium altitudes. This can be found in the Babuyan Islands, northern Luzon, Mindanao, and Palawan. It can also be found in Borneo, Java, and Moluccas. Mali-mali is believed to help in purifying the blood. To obtain this, Mali-mali leaves are reportedly consumed. Read More


Benefits of Mankit Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Mankit (Rubia cordifolia Linn.), is a member of Rubiaceae family. It is also known as heart-leaved madder, Indian madder or madder. The climbing or creeping herbaceous perennial plant grows in thickets and forests in Luzon, Lanao, Davao and Mindanao. The plant is widely used in traditional medicine. It contains properties like colorant, astringent, deobstruent, tonic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Roots are also bitter and acrid. It is also an alternative, anodyne, antiphogistic, antitussive, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, hypotensive, styptic, tonic and vulnerary. Read More


Benefits of Melon-melonan Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name trichosanthes cucumerina, this plant is also known as the Chinese cucumber, Wild snake gourd, snake tomato, and Viper gourd, in English. This species grow in thickets with low and medium altitudes up to 1,200 meters. It can only be spotted in Ilocos Sur, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Rizal, and Laguna. It can also be found in India, Malaya, and tropical Australia. Melon-melonan has abortifacient, anthelmintic, emetic, purgative, cathartic, aperient, anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective, cytotocic, and antibacterial properties. It is also believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as worm expulsion, quotidian and quartan fevers, liver congestion, bilious disorders and skin diseases, skin swellings like boils and furuncles, dysentery, coughs, and more. Read More