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Abang Abang

Benefits of Abang abang Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With the scientific name leea sambucina blanco and English names Hawaiian holly, Red leea, Red tree vine, and West Indian holly, this plant is commonly known in the Philippines as abang –abang. Botanically, abang-abang is a nearly smooth shrub or small tree, approximately 3 – 5 meters in height. Its leaves are 50 – 80 cm long while its leaflets can grow up to 15 cm in length and are elliptical-ovate to oblong in shape. Its flowers can grow up to 50cm in diameter and 3mm in length. The stalk and calyx are red, petals in pale yellow, and its fruits are dark red in color. It is used to treat enlarged spleen in children, pregnancy detection, toothache, gonorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery and has a diuretic effect. It is also used to treat hypertension. The decoction of its roots, branches and leaves is used for wound healing. In particular places like Thailand, abang-abang roots are used to treat diarrhea and hallucination. Leaf juice of the plant mixed with coconut milk is used as a treatment for dysentery with blood discharge in the Southern Western Ghats. In West Africa and Guinea-Bissau, abang-abang is used to treat epilepsy. Read More

African sausage tree

Benefits of African Sausage Tree Image by MarcoSchmidt / CC BY-SA 3.0 African sausage tree (Kigelia Africana), commonly called cucumber tree or sausage tree due to the size of its fruits hanging from its branches. The flowers are usually maroon or dark red. It is a member of the Bignoniaceae family. It is native to West Tropical Africa, also cultivated in Manila, Los Baños, and Laguna. In Africa, the fruit is believed to be a cure for a wide range of ailments. The bark or root is used as powder or infusion for ulcers and wounds. It has been used for its anti-implantation activities. Read More

Alambrillong-gubat

Benefits of Alambrillong-gubat Image by Kembangraps / CC BY-SA 4.0 With the scientific name adiantum caudatum it is also known as tailed maidenhair and trailing maidenhair in English. It is widely grown in the Philippines, most commonly in thickets. Alambrillong- gubat is also known to grow in tropical Africa and Asia to Polynesia. Its effects are known to be antispasmodic and antiasthmatic. Externally, it is used to cure skin diseases whereas it is believed that it can internally cure diabetes. Read More

Ampalaya

Benefits of Ampalaya Image by Judgefloro / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is a very popular for its bitter taste that is why it is commonly called “Bitter gourd” or “Bitter melon” in English. It has a scientific name Mormodica balsamina Blanco or Mormodica charantia. It is said to be originated in India and to China but is widely use in East Asian, South Asian, and South-East Asian cuisine. In Philippines, it is extensively cultivated for its bitter edible fruit. Despite its bitter taste, Ampalaya leaves, roots and fruits are considered as useful both as food and in medicinal purposes. Leaf juice is used for cough and as a purgarative and anthelminthic and also used for healing wounds. In Philippines, it has gained international recognition for its possible benefits in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Other benefits suggested were body detoxification, strengthening of the immune system and fertility regulation. Aside from that, this plant has many things to offer. It can be used as Anti-inflammatory, Anti-Ulcerogenic, Antioxidant, Antifungal, Analgesic and many more. Read More

Api-api

Benefits of Api-api Image by Vengolis / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific names avicennia officinalis, avicennia oepata, and avicennia obovata, this plant is also known as Indian mangrove in English. It typically grows in the provinces of Quezon, Camarines, Mindoro, Palawan, Samar, Negros, Mindanao, along muddy seashores and tidal streams. It can also grow in India, Southern China, Taiwan, Malaya, and New Guinea. Api-api has aphrodisiac and cicatrizing effect. Snake bites are treated through resin from the api-api sapwood. Its seeds are also boiled in water to make maturative poultices and ciccatrizant of ulcers. The whole plant decoction mixed with sugar and cumin is also used to treat dyspepsia with acid eructations. Read More

Asparagus fern

Benefits of Asparagus fern Image by Yinan Chen  / Public Domain Certification With its scientific name asparagus setaceus, this plant is also known as climbing asparagus fern, climbing feather fern, common asparagus fern, feather fern, or ornamental asparagus in English. It is known to be native in Africa and is cultivated in most warm countries. It has been recently introduced in the Philippines and is now cultivated as an ornament. It is known to have antimalarial and diuretic effects. In some places, asparagus fern decoction is used to treat pulmonary infections while cold infusion leaves and stem is used as a treatment for malaria. Asparagus fern root tubers mixed with boiled milk and sugar is used to cure dysentery and diarrhea. Read More

Abaniko

Benefits of Abaniko Image by Jdsteakley / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name belamcanda chinensis and English names Leopard Lily, Blackberry Lily, and Leopard Lily, abaniko has been known to be the primary material for making the infamous abaniko hand fan. But aside from this, abaniko has also its powers for healing diseases. It can be used as expectorant as well as an antidote to snakebites. It is also used to purify blood and treatments for liver and pulmonary complaints. Its roots contain several medically active constituents including flavonoids and isoflavanoid. Abaniko is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, depurative, pectoral, purgative, stomachic and tonic. In China, abaniko is one of their traditional medicines. They use abaniko to treat pharyngitis, tonsillitis, cough, wheezing, bronchitis and mumps, as well as tumors on the face and breast. Read More

Agas-moro

Benefits of Agas-moro Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Agas-moro (Vernonia cinerea (Linn) Less.), belongs to Asteraceae family and has various names such as Magmansi, Tagulinai, Ironweed, and Ash colored fleabane. It is widespread in Philippines, in open waste places, and roadsides. It is a common weed, propagation by seeds and it is flowering and fruiting throughout the year. The whole plant can be used for medicinal purposes. The juice of the plant can be used for urinary incontinence. Plant possess anti cancerous property. Seeds cure diseases like coughs and other chronic skin-diseases. And the leaves are eaten as a potherb. Read More

A las cuatro

Benefits of A las cuatro Image by GTBacchus / CC BY 3.0 With a scientific name Mirabilis jalapa, its English name four-o’clock was derived from when a las cuatro’s flowers open. Its colors include yellow, white, shades of red and pink, and sometimes marked and mottled, which open in late afternoon (4 o’clock) and close in the morning. a las cuatro may be used as purgative, diuretic and in wound-healing. Its leaves alone are diuretic, juice obtained from the leaves are used to treat wounds, while a decoction is used to treat abscesses. A las cuatro is also used to reduce inflammation. Its roots are diuretic, aphrodisiac and purgative, and are used in treating dropsy. A las cuatro root paste is applied as a compress to treat muscular swellings and scabies. Juice made from the roots is also used to treat diarrhea, fever, and indigestion. Powdered root is also mixed with corn flour then baked to use as a treatment for menstrual disorders. Read More

Ampalayang-ligaw

Benefits of Ampalayang-ligaw Image by VitaminaMov / CC 0 1.0 Ampalayang-ligaw (Momordica charantia Linn.) also called as Wild bitter melon in English is a common tropical vegetable. It is known as one of the ancient vegetables. Aside from being popular as part of cuisine, it is also known because of its health benefits. This vegetable grows wild with a climbing vine in open fields. Since it is an ancient vegetable, it has been used in traditional medicine practices. Parts used are the fruit, the leave/vines, seeds and roots. It is effective for microbial infections, menstrual stimulation, wound healing, inflammation, hypertension, and as a laxative and emetic. Read More
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