Benefits of Araro
With its scientific name maranta arundinacea, this plant is also known as arrowroot, maranta, and obedience plant in English. It is believed that it is native in tropical America but has now become pantropic. In the Philippines, it is cultivated for its starch-storing rhizomes.
Araro has stomachic, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, sedative, and digestive properties. In some places, this plant is used for poulticing poisoned wounds, insect stings, and spider bites. It can also be applied to the skin to relieve painful, irritated, and inflamed mucous membranes. A study also suggests that araro has a beneficial effect in treating diarrhea associated with irritable bowel disease (IBS).