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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

Araro

Benefits of Araro Image by Kaakkara / CC BY-SA 3.0 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). Read More

Ayong-kabayo

Benefits of Ayong-kabayo Image by J.M.Garg / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name cissus adnata, this plant is also known as endeavor river vine in English. It grows in thickets from Northern Luzon to Mindanao at low and medium altitudes. It also occurs on India to Indo-China and Timor. Ayong-kabayo has alterative and diuretic effects. It is believed that the root of ayong-kabayo is a good blood-purifier. Also, a cold infusion of pounded roots is used to treat coughs. Juice made from its stem can also be effective as a cough treatment as well as diarrhea. This plant can be propagated through its seeds. Read More

Abutra

Benefits of Abutra Image by Edward Steven / CC BY-SA 2.0 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. Read More

Agor

Benefits of Agor Image by Dalgial / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name fimbristylis miliacea, it is also known as glober fringerish and grass-like fimbry in English. Agor is known to grow in countries on South and South East Asia such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. It can also be found in other parts of the world such as Ecuador, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Peru, and Suriname. Agor is considered as a competitor to rice because it competes with the nutrient absorption. It can spread vigorously between rice roots. Malays use its leaves for poulticing in fever while tribe in central India uses the roots for dysentery. Read More

Alikbangon

Benefits of Alikbangon Image by Jkadavoor / CC BY-SA 4.0 With the scientific name commelina nudiflora, this plant is also known as Jie hie cao in Chinese. Alikbangon is pantropic which commonly grows throughout the Philippines in open grasslands and waste places in settled areas at low and medium altitudes. Alikbangon is known to have febrifuge, rubefacient, diuretic, blood coagulant, antifebrile, antidote, and tonic, antifungal, and antibacterial effect. Concentrated boiled alikbangon decoction and drink are believed to cure fever symptoms due to infection. It can also treat burns, itches and boils when applied to the affected area. Other uses may include treating mumps, difficult urination, acute gastroenteritis, erysipelas, laryngopharyngitis, tonsillitis, and colds. Read More

Andadasi

Benefits of Andadasi Image by J.M.Garg / CC BY-SA 2.0 Andadasi (Cassua sophera Linn.) is associated to the Family Caesalpiniaceae, popularly known as kasondi senna. It is a shrubby herb that is closely allied to Cassia occidentalis (Balatog-aso). Mostly found throughout India and in most tropical countries, it can also be found in the Philippines from Northern to Central Luzon. The shrubs leaves are considered to be used for their anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and purgative property. It is also used as an expectorant for cough, cold, bronchitis, asthma, and for the treatment of liver disorders. Read More
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