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Abuhab-baging

Benefits of Abuhab-baging Image by Rhododendrites / CC BY-SA 4.0 Comes with scientific names strophanthus dischotomous, and strophanthus erectus, abuhab- baging is an endemic specie found in the low and medium forests of Cagayan, Abra, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Bataan, Laguna, Sorsogon, Palawan, Leyte, Negros, and Mindanao. Abuhab-baging is characterized as a woody vine which is erect and shrub-like when young, but can be stout when matured. Its leaves can grow from 8 to 15 centimeters long. Its Calyx lobes are slender which can grow from 7 to 9 millimeters long. Its tube is white which can grow up to 2 centimeters long with lobes that are about 8 millimeters wide and 1 centimeter long. Fruit is a doublefollicle, woody, oblong-ovoid, about 16 centimeters long and 7 centimeters in diameter. Fruits contain numerous elongated seeds. In the Philippines, bark is employed as an effective arrow-poison. Read More

Agoago

Benefits of Ago-ago Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Agoago also known as Malayan mistletoe and Dendrophthoe (scientific name) belongs to Loranthaceae family. It will be found in trees in Zambales Province, Luzon; and in Palawan. And it also occurs from India, Thailand, Vietnam, to southern China and southward to Sumatra, Java and Borneo. Some of studies that Agoago is considered as a antioxidants, antidiabetic, antihypertensive. And other country like Perak, Thailand and Indonesia are using the leaves of it as a medicine for hypertension cough, ulcers, skin infections, post-partum treatments and small fox. Read More

Alibuñgog

Benefits of Alibuñgog Image by 翁明毅 / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific names ehretia philippinensis and ehretia beurreria, this plant is endemic in the Philippines. It is usually grown in thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes from the Babuyan Islands and Northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao. Its effects involve counter-irritant, emollient, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea, and anti-dysenteric. Poultice of bark and stem scraped into a pulp are applied to painful and inflamed areas as a relief. It can also be applied to areas of painful and swollen joints, facial inflammation, post-traumatic swellings, inflamed swollen hangnail and cellulitis. Read More

Anabo

Benefits of Anabo Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 4.0 Anabo (Ambroma augusta Linn.) is a species of the flowering plant in the genus Abroma, family Sterculiaceae. It is known by many common names, including Ambong, Anibong, Pakalkal, Perennial Indian hemp, and Devil’s cotton. It is a shrub that grows in places with tropical climates. Anabo is an aid for various health ailments. Health benefits include lower glucose absorption, treat benefits, promote hemoglobin, and contain antimicrobial properties. The root is use for itch, dysmenorrhea, uterine disorders, rheumatism, arthritic pain and diabetes. For those who suffer sinusitis, this shrub provides relief in headache. It also balances the level of hormones and also regulates menstruation. Read More

Apurau

Benefits of Apurau Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific names scirpus articulatus, scirpus incurvatus, and carex glomerata, this plant is also known as Bullrush in English. Apurau grows in Luzon Provinces such as Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, and Laguna, usually in open, wet places in settled areas at low altitudes. It also grows in the Old World tropics. Apurau is considered as purgative. In some places, this plant is used for baby’s vomiting and diarrhea. Juice obtained from grounded apurau roots are given to babies before taking breakfast. Read More

Ayo

Benefits of Ayo Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name tetrastigma strumarum, this plant has an unresolved scientific name tetrastigma harmandii and a local scientific name tetrastigma sorsogonense. It usually grows in thickets of Cagayan, Apayao, Abra, Lepanto, La Union, Nueva Viscaya, Bataan, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Mindoro and Panay at low and medium altitudes. It also occurs in Indo-China. The pulp of Ayo fruit is edible and has a sour taste. It is suitable as preservatives. Its leaves are likewise sour and are cooked with other foods to add flavor. Ayo as a medicinal plant has a diuretic effect. Lotion can also be made from the plant to treat scabies. Read More

Abukado

Benefits of Abukado Image by YamileFlorez / CC0 1.0 With the scientific names persea gratissima and persea americana, abukado is also known as alligator pear. It is originated from tropical America and is now extensively cultivated in the Philippines. It usually grows from seeds but can be propagated by budding, grafting, and marketing. Abukado fruit are usually consumed in salads and makes an excellent ice cream. It is a good source of vitamins A, some B, C and E, potassium even higher than that of banana, fiber, and iron. Compared with other natural oils, abukado oil works well with the skin. It emulsifies more easily and is more rapidly absorbed. It is more advisable for those with dry and flaky skin because abukado oil can make the skin soft and supple, flakes and callus disappear. This could also accelerate healing and cares for scalp and hair. Read More

Agoho

Benefits of Agoho Image by Atamari / CC BY-SA 3.0 With the scientific name Casuarina Equisetifolia and Casuarina litorea, Agoho is also known as the Australian beefwood and beach she-oak in English. It usually grows on sandy shores, pinelands, disturbed sites, filled wetlands, roads shoulders, cleared land, and undeveloped lots in tropical America but is now also grown throughout the Philippines. It is mostly cultivated in Manila as an ornamental foliage tree. Physically, agoho resembles the appearance of a pine tree. Its parts are known to be useful as treatments for various diseases but the whole plant is considered antidiarrheal, anticancer, antibacterial, and antifungal. Its barks are considered astringent, emmenagogue, ecbolic, and tonic while its leaves are hypoglycemic, molluscidal, and cytotoxic. Also, its seeds are considered anthelmintic, antispasmodic and antidiabetic. Read More

Aligbangon

Benefits of A las doce Image by Max Pixel  / CC0 1.0 With the scientific name floscopa scandens, this plant is also known as climbing flower cup in English. It usually grows in wet places along streams at low and medium altitudes, in most or all islands and provinces in the Philippines. It also grows in India, Indo-China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, through Malaya to tropical Australia. It is believed that aligbangon is used to treat broken bones. In some places, leaf paste is used to treat poisonous stings, leaf juice used for sore eyes; others include febriluge, abscesses, pyodermas, and nephritis. Read More

Anayop

Benefits of Anayop Image by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT / CC BY-SA 3.0 Anayop (Callicarpa caudate Macim.) is an evergreen shrub. Sometimes it is harvested from the wild for local medicinal purposes. This shrub requires cross-pollination for fruit production. It can be found on steep, open slopes in parts of Luzon and in Mindanao. It also occurs in Southeast Asia, Northeastern Australia and Solomon Islands. In the Philippines, a decoction of fresh or dried leaves is used to relieve stomach pains. The leaves are also used by applying it externally to relieve earache. Read More
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