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Kaatoan-bangkal

Benefits of Kaatoan-bangkal Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name anthocephalus chinensis, this plant is also known as Cadamba, Kadam, and Common bur-flower, in English. It grows in primary forests with low and medium altitudes of the Philippines. This species can occasionally be found planted along roadside. Kaatoan-bangkal can also be found in India, China, Australia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. It has tonic, astringent, febrifuge, anti-inflammatory, digestive, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, antiemetic, and wound-healing effects. It is also believed that Kaatoan-bangkal helps in treating conditions such as ulcers, wounds, metorrhea, snake bites, skin diseases, fever, anemia, uterine problems, leprosy, dysentery, and can improve semen quality. Read More

Kalay

Benefits of Kalay Image by Edward Steven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name alphonsea arborea, this plant grows in forests at low and medium altitudes. Kalay fruit leaves, and bark can be utilized for nutritional and medical purposes. Its fruits are edible and can be eaten raw. Kalay has febrifuge, emmenagogue, and anti-dysenteric properties. It is known to help treat conditions such as amenorrhea, urticaria, and diabetes. Kalay is also utilized as a material for making baseball bats and bowling pins. It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant. Read More

Kalit-kalit

Benefits of Kalit-kalit Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 This perennial vine is also known as “Three-leaf Cayratia” or “Bush grape” in English. It has a scientific name Cayratia trifolia. This plant is usually found in thickets at low altitudes. It is actually found throughout the Philippines. Also, it is reported to be seen in China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia. In India, this is consumed as wild weed and considered nutritious and edible. In fact, many places used it as medicine. The decoction of leaves is known as antiscorbutic while the roots is used as astringent medicine. Furthermore, the plant is used as diuretic, for tumors, neuralgia, and splenic afflictions. Read More

Kamia

Benefits of Kamia Image by Lezumbalaberenjena / CC BY-SA 2.0 This beautiful plant is usually known as “Ginger Lily” or “White butterfly” in English. It has a scientific name Hedychium coronarium. This plant is known native of India and considered as pantropic. It is also found in some regions of the southern Philippines. Kamia is mostly cultivated as ornamental plant but the young buds and flowers are actually edible and used as flavoring. Hence, it is actually good as herbal medicine too. In fact, the decoction of the rhizome is anti-rheumatic, tonic, stimulant and excitant. It is used as a gargle for tonsillitis and used for diabetes. In Chinese medicine, it is used for headaches, inflammatory pains, and rheumatism. Read More

Kaong

Benefits of Kaong Image by Dick Culbert / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name arenga pinnata, this plant is also known as the Areng palm, Malay sago palm, Black fiber palm, Black sugar palm, solitary sugar palm, and Sugar palm, in English. This species is generally planted in most islands and provinces in the Philippines. It can be abundantly planted in some forested areas but never at any great distance from settled areas such as in Rizal, Cavite, Bataan, Laguna, and Tayabas. Kaong has stomachic, pectoral, diuretic, and antihermic properties. It is believed that it can help cure condtions such as colds, sinus problems, sore throat, cold sores, and enlargement of the spleen. It can also be beneficial to the lungs and can assist digestion and improves appetite. Read More

Katil

Benefits of Katil Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name eriosema chinense, this plant is also known as the “Chinese bush carrot” in English. This species usually grow in open grasslands with chiefly medium altitudes ascending to 2,000 meters. It can be found in the Philippines particularly in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Bontoc, Lepanto, Benguet, Nueva Viscaya, Semirara in Culion, and in Mindanao. It can also be found in China, India, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaya, and tropical Australia. Katil has antidiarrheal, astringent, diuretic, and tonic properties. It is also believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as scrofula, diarrhea, colds, and menstrual derangements. Read More

Kitkitli

Benefits of Kitkitli Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Kitkitli (Hypoxis aurea Lour.) belongs to the Amaryllidaceae/Hypoxidaceae family. It is also known as Golden star grass or Yellow star grass. The small hairy tuberous plant is distributed in open grasslands in Bontoc, Benguet and Nueve Ecija Provinces in Luzon, also in Lanao and Bukidnon Provinces in Mindanao. The plant has properties which is similar to ginseng. Its rootstock swells in water and it is mucilaginous. It is considered reconstructive, rejuvenating, aphrodisiac and tonic. It is used in wasting diseases, dyspepsia, lassitude, impotence, wounds and diseases of the eyes and ears. Read More

Kuchai

Benefits of Kuchai Image by Anonymous Powered / CC BY-SA 3.0 Kuchai also known as “Chinese chives” and in scientific name “Allium odorum”. This is belonging to the plant family Liliaceae and considered a perennial, sometimes an annual. It is cultivated in the area of Manila by the Chinese and it is native of China and Japan. It can used also as a medicine, it stimulates the appetite, relieves congestion in the respiratory passages, promotes the flow of urine and promotes the discharge of pus in boils. Externally, the fresh leaves and bulbs are used as antiseptic and vulnerary. And the whole plant considered diuretic. Read More

Kabatiti

Benefits of Kabatiti Image by DavidEickhoff / CC BY 2.0 Kabatiti also known as Latherleaf and in scientific name Colubrina asiatica, it is a shrub in the family Rhamnaceae. Along the seashore and borders of tidal streams throughout the Philippines. It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World, from eastern Africa to India, southeast Asia, tropical Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Some of studies, Kabatiti is used as antibacterial and antioxidants. And the part of the plant that can used are leaves and fruit.  Decoction of leaves use to alleviate skin irritation and treat a variety of skin diseases and the decoction of fruit used as abortifacient. Read More

Kalamansanai

Benefits of Kalamansanai Image by Tatters / CC BY 2.0 It is a large tree that can reach up to 30 meters high. Kalamansanai is commonly known as “Yellow terminalia” or “Philippine almond” in English. It has a scientific name Teminala calamansanai. It is known to be native to the Philippines and the South Pacific Islands. This tree is typically found in most islands and provinces from the Babuyan Islands and northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao. Also, it is found in some places such as Indo-China, Myanmar, Thailand and in NE India. This tree used as medicine for it is considered astringent and lithotriptic. In fact, in the Philippines, the bark is used internally and externally. It is usually used for kidney stones. Read More
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