Abutra

Benefits of Abutra

With its scientific name arcangelesia inclyta, it is also known as yellow-fruit moonseed. Abutra is a climbing plant with a very lengthy stem growing from the ground up to the canopy of trees. Its leaves are leathery smooth that can grow up to 16 centimeters long and 16 centimeters wide. It is scattered in thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes from Batan Islands to Palawan and Mindanao.

Studies have shown that abutra stems contain approximately 4.8% pure alkaloid. The whole plant contains several alkaloids such as berberine, jatrorhizine, columbamine, and shobakunine. It has been also known that a single abutra plant yields one kilo of berberine. Its roots also yield furanoditerpenoid and fibaruretin B.

Primary uses of abutra involves antimalarial, germicidal, tonic, stomachic, febrifuge, emmenagogue, abortive, antiperiodic, and diaphoretic.

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