Benefits of Bamban
Bamban, known as Donax cannaeformis (Forst. f.) Rolfe, is very common in secondary forests, especially along streams, at low and medium altitudes from the Batanes Island and northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao, in all or most of the islands and provinces. It is abundant in the Bicol region, especially Camarines Norte, Java, Borneo, to New Guinea, the Aru and Admiralty Islands, New Hebrides, and the Marianne Islands.
It is cultivated as an ornamental plant due to its attractive foliage. Its plant parts can be used as herb and spices. They also possess medicinal properties: the leaf sap is used as a refreshing eyedrop while roots, boiled and drunk, can be relieve body heatiness.