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Pakpak lawin

Benefits of Pakpak lawin Image by Obsidian Soul / CC BY-SA 3.0 Pakpak lawin is also known as Drynaria quercifolia (Linn.) J.Sm. (scientific name). The plant is found throughout the Philippines, in primary and secondary forests, growing on rocks, trees, old stone walls. The plant has phytochemical screening yielded phenols, tannins, alkaloids, protein, xanthoproteins, carboxylic acid, coumarins and saponins. The plant yields catechin, coumarins, flavonoids, phenolics, saponin, steroids, tannins, and triterpenes. Study of dried rhizomes yielded friedlin, epifriedelinol, beta-amrin, beta-sitosterol 3-beta -D - glucopyranoside and naringin. Read More

Pandan-luzon

Benefits of A Pandan-luzon Image by B.navez / CC BY-SA 3.0 Pandan-luzon is also known in scientific name Pandanus luzonensis,  This name is the accepted name of a species in the genus Pandanus (family Pandanaceae). Chiefly in secondary forests at low altitudes in the Luzon areas of Pangasinan, Bulacan, Zambales, Rizal, Bataan, Laguna Provinces. The root of the plant are stomachic and diuretic. The decoction of tips of fresh or dried prop roots used as diuretic. It is also used for crafting, leaves used for weaving hats, baskets, mats. Read More

Pasyonaryo

Benefits of Pasyonaryo Image by Hans B.~commonswiki / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name passiflora edulis, this plant is also known as the “Passion fruit” in English. This species is known to be native to Brazil. Pasyonaryo is cultivated in Philippine gardens located in towns and cities. Pasyonaryo has antibacterial, anxiolytic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as hypertension, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, anxiety, and nervousness. In Brazil, extracts from Pasyonaryo leaves has been used as a sedative. Read More

Phalsa

Benefits of Phalsa Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name grewia asiatica, this plant is also known as the Asiatic grewia, Phalsa tree, and Phalsa berries, in English. This species is known to grow in dry slopes with low altitudes. Phalsa can be found in the provinces of Cagayan, Bataan, and Ilocos Sur. It can also be spotted at India, Thailand, and Indo-China. Phalsa has astringent, cooling, stomachic, demulcent, and anti-rheumatic properties. It is believed to cure conditions such as rheumatism, pustular eruptions, diabetes, and heart conditions. In Pakistan, Phalsa is used for release of after-birth. Read More

Poinsettia

Benefits of Poinsettia Image by Prenn / CC BY-SA 3.0 This is considered the most famous “Christmas Flower” or “Flame leaf”. It has a scientific name Euphorbia pulcherrima. It is known to be native of Mexico and probably introduces about 1870. Poinsettia is widely cultivated as ornamental garden plant and traditionally used in Christmas decorations. According to studies, Poinsettia is not toxic, unlike those myths which say it is deadly. In fact, studies have shown that its extract is effective as antibacterial, anticonvulsant and analgesic. Read More

Puto

Benefits of Puto Image by Alpsdake / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name caesalpinia sepiaria, this plant is also known as “Cat’s claw”, “Liane sappan”, and “Shoofly” in English. This species grows in thickets about limestone cliffs and boulder with 1,200 meter-altitude. Puto can be found in Isabela and Benguet. It can also be spotted in India, Japan, and southward Malaya. Puto has purgative, astringent, anthelmintic, antipyretic, and antimalarial properties. This plant is believed to help cure conditions such as burns, ague, intestinal worms, malaria, skin affections, and jaundice, biliousness, and stomach problems. In China, excessive use of Puto flowers decoction can cause idiocy. Read More

Pakuan

Benefits of A Pakuan Image by Steve Evans / CC BY- 2.0 Pakuan is also known as Watermelon and in scientific name Citrullus lanatus, it is a scrambling and trailing vine in the flowering plant family Cucurbitaceae. It is widely cultivated in the Philippines. The species originated in southern Africa, with evidence of its cultivation in Ancient Egypt. Some of studies about this plant have shown antioxidant, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, antihypertensive, mosquitocidal, repellent, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, radioprotective, anti-ulcer, laxative properties. The seeds considered cooling, demulcent, diuretic, vermifuge, nutritive, pectoral and pectic. Read More

Pandan-mabango

Benefits of A Pandan-Mabango Image by Dekoelie / CC BY 1.0 Pandan-mabango s also known as Dwarf Screw Pine and in scientific name Pandanus odorous, belongs to the Pandanaceae family. It is introduced in the Philippines and common along sandy beaches. It also occurs in India, Persia, and Arabia; and cultivated in Malaya. The part of the plant that used are the leaves, anthers, tops, seeds. This plant is considered cardiotonic, cephalic and aphrodisiac, and the oil also is considered  stimulant, antispasmodic and antiseptic. And the roots are diuretic, tonic and depurative. Read More

Patani

Benefits of Patani Image by Wie146 / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name phaseolus lunatus, this plant is also known as the “Java bean”, “Burma bean”, or “Lima bean”, in English. This species is known to be introduced from the tropical America and has become pantropic and thoroughly naturalized. Patani is chiefly cultivated for its edible seeds. It can be spotted growing in thickets with low and medium altitudes up to 2,000 meters. Read More

Pigeon orchid

Benefits of Pigeon orchid Image by gbohne / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name dendrobium crumenatum, this plant is also known as the Pigeon dendrobium, Pigeon orchid, Sparrow orchid, or White Dove orchid, in English. Pigeon orchid is considered one of the most common orchid species in Asia. It usually grows at sea level up to an altitude of 500 meters. It can be spotted throughout the Philippines as well as in Sri Lanka, Burma, Malay Peninsula, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Borneo. Pigeon orchid is believed to help cure conditions of ear infection, boils, and pimples. Fibers on its stem are also used as a decorative material for basket-making. Read More
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