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Kachumba

Benefits of Kachumba Image by Donvikro / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name argemone mexicana, this plant is also known as the Bird-in- the-bush, Goatweed, and Golden thistle of Peru, Mexican poppy, Prickly poppy, and Queen Thistle, in English. This species is known to be native from tropical America but has now become pantropic. It grows scattered throughout the country, usually in waste places, and in about towns. It has analgesic, antispasmodic, antitussive, demulcent, emetic, expectorant, hallucinogenic, purgative, sedative, alterative, anthelmintic, narcotic, sedative, pectoral, laxative, and demulcent properties. It is believed to help treat conditions such as parturition pains, chronic skin diseases, blenorrhagia, vesicular calculus, inflammatory swellings, toothaches, tapeworm, coughs, blisters, conjunctivitis, leprosy, asthma, etc. Read More

Kalapinai

Benefits of Kalapinai Image by DavidEickhoff / CC BY 2.0 This small tree is commonly known as “Hop bush” or “Hopseed” in English. It has a scientific name Dodonaea viscosa. This plant is considered pantropic and usually seen along the seashore and in regions subject to a pronounced dry season, extending inland and ascending to 2,000 meters. It is also found throughout the Philippines and in China and Taiwan. This plant is widely used as medicine in different places. In Philippines, the decoction of bark is used as effective astringent for eczema and simple ulcers. In some other places, it is used for skin diseases, gout, headaches, backaches, stomach pains, and rheumatism. In Australia, it is used for wound healing. Read More

Kalumpang

Benefits of Kalumpang Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 3.0 This tree is popularly known as “Wild almond” or “Skunk Tree” in English. It comes with a scientific name Sterculia foetida. It is usually found in most Islands and provinces along the seashore and in semi-open forests at low and medium altitudes. In Philippines, it is often found from northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao. Also, it is reported from India to tropical East Sfrica trhough Malaya to northeastern Australia. Well, its kernels are flavored like cacao and used to adulterate cacao, the only difference is its taste which is not better. Also, its oil resembles olive oil and useful for culinary purposes. Moreover, this plant is also used for medicine. In Philippines, the decoction is used for dropsy and rheumatism. Its oil coming from the seeds are given internally for itching and skin diseases. Read More

Kamuning

Benefits of Kamuning Image by Jason Hollinger / CC BY-SA 2.0 Kamuning (Murraya paniculata) is a slow growing, evergreen shrub or small tree. The plant belongs to Rutaceae family. It is known by many names, including Chinese box, common jasmine-orange, cosmetic bark tree, mock orange and orange jasmine. It is valued for its essential oil and its uses as medicine. The plant is often grown as a hedge and it is widely planted in tropics and subtropics as an ornamental. It is commonly found in thickets and secondary forest throughout the Philippines. Also grows in India to Malaya. Kamuning or Orange jasmine is used as a traditional medicine through most of its native range. The leaves are astringent, stimulant and tonic and are used to treat dropsy, diarrhea and dysentery. Powdered leaves are applied externally to fresh cuts. Bark of the stem and roots is astringent. The ground-up bark of the roots is both eaten and applied externally to treat body aches. And the flowers are stomachic and tonic. Read More

Kasopangil

Benefits of Kasopangil Image by Richard Parker / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name clerodendrum intermedium, this plant is also known as the Glorybower, Bagflower, Bleeding heart, Dragon boat flower, and Pagoda flower, in English. This species grows in thickets, secondary forests, and damp places with mow and medium altitudes. It can be found throughout the Philippines and other countries such as Taiwan, Borneo, Celebes, and Sumatra. Kasopangil has purgative, anti-inflammatory, and vulnerary properties. It is also believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as pains after childbirth, mumps, rheumatism, neuralgia, colic inchildren, abdominal post-partum complaints, wounds, ulcers, skin diseases, and more. Read More

Kawad-kawaran

Benefits of Kawad-kawaran Image by Matt Lavin / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name cynodon dactylon, this plant is also known as the Florida grass, Bahama grass, Creeping-cynodon, Creeping finger grass, Bermuda grass, Couch grass, Dog’s tooth grass, Dub grass, and Green couch, in English. This species usually grow in open grasslands, rice paddies, waste places with low and medium altitudes. Kawad-kawaran can be found throughout the Philippines. This plant has diuretic, pectoral, demulcent, astringent, hemostatic, laxative, stypic, heating anthelmintic, antipyretic, tonic, aprhrodisiac, emetic, emmenagogue, and expectorant properties. It is believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as wound-bleeding, inflammatory conditions, dropsy, syphilis, bleeding from piles, fresh cut wounds, headaches, dysentery, hemorrhoids, hematuria, menarrhogia, and more. Read More

Kolitis

Benefits of Kolitis Image by Harry Rose / CC BY-SA 2.0 Kolitis (Amaranthus viridis) is associated to Amaranthaceae family. It is also known by many common names, including Kalunai, Amaranth, Green amaranth, Slender amaranth and Wild amaranth. The vigorous, erect, branched, annual plant is sometimes cultivated in the Tropics for its edible leaves. It is originally from the American tropics. The plant is emollient and vermifuge. A decoction made from the entire plant is used to stop dysentery and inflammations, and also used to purify the blood. Juice from the root is used to treat inflammation during urination, and can also be taken to treat constipation. Leaves are diuretic, febrifuge and purgative. Read More

Kulutkulutan

Benefits of Kulutkulutan Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Kulutkulutan also known as  “Chinese Burr” and in scientific name “Triumfetta bartramia”, it is a member of family Tiliaceae. It is common in open waste places in all islands and provinces, at low and medium altitudes. Studies have suggested antitumor, antioxidant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, diuretic, and immune-modulating properties.The part of the plant that can used are the roots, bark, leaves. They are mucilaginous and in decoction are astringent. And also root considered styptic, aphrodisiac, galactagogue, diuretic, cooling. Read More

Kadios

Benefits of Kadios Image by MathiasIsenberg / CC BY-ND 2.0 With its scientific name cajanus cajan, this plant is also known as the Congo pea, Pigeon pea, or Red gram, in English. It is known to be introduced probably way back from the prehistoric times from the tropical Asia of Malaya. It can grow throughout the Philippines, which may be cultivated, semi cultivated and spontaneous in some places at 2400 meters above sea level. This species is also pantropic. It has antihelmintic, expectorant, febrifuge, sedative, and vulnerary properties. It is also believed that Kadios can help treat conditions such as coughs, diarrhea, abdominal pains, measles, anemia, hepatitis, diabetes, urinary infections, yellow fever, genital and skin problems, bronchitis, and more. Read More

Kalapini

Benefits of Kalapini Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name pluchea indica, this plant is also known as the Indian camphorweed, Indian pulchea, and Marsh fleabane, in English. This species can be found in the Philippines from the northern Luzon to Mindanao. It usually grows along the seashore and tidal streams within the influence of salt or brackish water. Kalapini can also be found in India, China, and Malaysia. It has astringent, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, gastroprotective, antivenom, and antioxidant properties. It is also believed that Kalapini can help cure conditions such as inflammation and hemorrhoids. Read More
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