Benefits of Abang abang
With the scientific name leea sambucina blanco and English names Hawaiian holly, Red leea, Red tree vine, and West Indian holly, this plant is commonly known in the Philippines as abang –abang. Botanically, abang-abang is a nearly smooth shrub or small tree, approximately 3 – 5 meters in height. Its leaves are 50 – 80 cm long while its leaflets can grow up to 15 cm in length and are elliptical-ovate to oblong in shape. Its flowers can grow up to 50cm in diameter and 3mm in length. The stalk and calyx are red, petals in pale yellow, and its fruits are dark red in color.
It is used to treat enlarged spleen in children, pregnancy detection, toothache, gonorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery and has a diuretic effect. It is also used to treat hypertension. The decoction of its roots, branches and leaves is used for wound healing.
In particular places like Thailand, abang-abang roots are used to treat diarrhea and hallucination. Leaf juice of the plant mixed with coconut milk is used as a treatment for dysentery with blood discharge in the Southern Western Ghats. In West Africa and Guinea-Bissau, abang-abang is used to treat epilepsy.