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Kabling-gubat

Benefits of Kabling-gubat Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name orthosiphon aristatus, this plant is also known as the Cat’s whisker, Indian kidney tea, Java tea, and Kidney tea, in English. This species usually grows in thickets at low and medium altitudes. In the Philippines, it can be found in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, and in Coron. Kabling-gubat can also occur in India, through Malaya, up to tropical parts of Australia. It has anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, diuretic, and hypoglycemic properties. Kabling- gubat is also believed to help cure conditions such as toothache, kidney and bladder-related diseases, renal inflammation, kidney stones, dysuria, genitourinary diseases, as well as hypertension. Read More

Kalamitmit

Benefits of Kalamitmit Image by João Medeiros / CC BY 2.0 It is usually known as “Yellow merremia” or “Yellow wood rose” in English. It comes with a scientificname Merremia umbellata. It is considered pantropic. This plant is commonly found in thickets at medium altitudes, typical throughout the Philippines. The young leaves may be mixed with other vegetables and eaten. Aside from being consumed as food, it is also used as medicine. In fact, decoction of plant is used as deobstuent, diuretic and alterative. It is also useful for rheumatism, headaches and neuralgia. Furthermore, it is used for epilepsy through sniffing of the powder of leaves. Read More

Kalpueng

Benefits of Kalpueng Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 It is a shrub which grows up to 3.5 meters in height. Kalpueng is also known as “Caricature plant” in English. It has a scientific name Graptophyllum pictum. This shrub is widely planted as a hedge. In Philippines, it occurs in two forms. One with green leaves blotched in white while the other with dark purple leaves. Kalpueng is usually used as medicine. Based on studies, it is considered as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidiabetic and renoprotective. In many places, it is used as an emollient poultice on ulcers and on breast to relieve inflammatory obstruction to the flow of milk. Its different parts are used to treat different illness such as earaches, swellings, headaches, skin complaints and ulcer. Read More

Kamote

Benefits of Kamote Image by Earth100 / CC BY-SA 3.0 This is a popular plant which is commonly known as “Sweet potato” in English. Kamote comes with a scientific name Ipomoea batatas. It is a warm season crop broadly cultivated in the Philippines. Kamote is known to be introduced by the Spaniards from Mexico in the early colonial period. Actually, it is cultivated in all warm countries and can be planted any time of the year. It is easily propagated from stem cutting. The leaves and its roots are edible. It is actually a staple food crop in some countries. Besides, it is valued as nutritious crop. In fact, kamote has a higher nutritional value than the common potato. It is a good source of vitamins A, B and C, iron, calcium and phosphorus. Also, it is high in complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Read More

Karagain

Benefits of Karagain Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name cassia mimosoides, this plant is also known as the Fishbone cassia, Artillery plant, Japanese tea, Mountain flat bean, and Tea senna, in English. This species usually grows in open grasslands at low and medium altitudes. Karagain can be found in the Philippines particularly in the northern parts of Luzon to Mindanao. It can also be found in India, southern China, Malaya, and Australia. This plant has anti-diarrheal and stomachic properties. It is also believed that Karagain can help treat conditions such as diarrhea, colic, dysentery, facial eruptions, stomach spasms, and more. It has also become an ingredient in weight loss products. Read More

Kauad-kawaran

Benefits of Kauad-kawaran Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name cassytha capillaris, this plant is also known as the “Love vine” in English. This species usually grows in thickets especially near the sea and in dry regions with a 500 meter altitude. It can be found throughout the Philippines. Kauad-kawaran is also known to be parasitic on various coarse grasses, shrubs, and others. This plant has astringent, diuretic, antiphlogistic, anticontusion, laxative, cooling, tonic, and alterative properties. It is also believed that Kauad-kawaran can help cure conditions such as constipation, dysentery, hemoptysis, epistaxis, acute conjunctivitis, furuncles, cold, fever, headaches, infections, hepatitis, hepatic fever among infants, and more. Read More

Kolinta

Benefits of Kolinta Image by J.M.Garg / CC BY-SA 2.0 Kolinta (Barleria prionitis) goes by many names and is known as Kulanta, Common yellow nail dye plant, Porcupine flower and Barleria. The plant is associated to Acanthaceae family. The glabrous, evergreen shrub is widely grown in the tropics as an ornamental. It is distributed in thickets and waste places, sometimes becoming weedy in roadsides, and in dry places in evergreen forests. For medicinal purposes, parts used are leaves, tops and roots. The plant has properties that are considered diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and febrifuge. In the Philippines, a decoction made from leaves and tops is used for bathing in cases of febrile catarrh Read More

Kulañgan

Benefits of Kulañgan Image by J.M.Garg / CC0 1.0 Kulañgan also known as “Tylophora perrottetiana” (scientific name) belongs to  Asclepiadaceae family. Kulañgan is a slender, twining, smooth, herbaceous vine. It is found only in the Philippines, in thickets at low altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Bontoc, La Union, Benguet, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Rizal and Laguna Provinces in Luzon. The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use .The leaves are vulnerary, they are reported to be a very effective dressing on wounds. Read More

Kabling-parang

Benefits of Kabling-parang Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name anisomeles ovata, this plant is also known as the “Malabar catmint” in English. This species is known to be introduced in the Philippines. It usually grows I waste places and along borders of thickets, in settled areas at low and medium altitudes. Kabling-parang can be found on most or all islands and provinces all over the country. It has anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiphlogistic, analgesic, carminative, stomachic, diaphoretic, and astringent properties. Here in the country, Kabling-parang is used to treat gastric catarrh and intermittent fevers. In other places, this plant is known to help cure conditions such as external afflictions, eczema, toothache, snake bites, bone pains, cold, fever, abdominal cramps, dyspepsia, fever associated with teething, and uterine affections. Read More

Kalancho

Benefits of Kalancho Image by PawełS / CC BY-SA 3.0 This beautiful plant is also known as “Christmas kalanchoe” or “Flaming Katy” in English. It comes with a scientific name Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poelin. It is commonly seen as garden plant and usually cultivated as ornamental plant. However, studies have shown that this plant has more to offer. In fact, it has flavonoids in its flowers. Its methanol and water extracts yielded alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, tannin, saponin, resin and phenols. Thus, it is considered as antiviral, antiseptic and disinfectant. Read More
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