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Magilik

Benefits of Magilik Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 It is commonly known as “Wooly leaved fire-brand teak” in English and it comes with a scientific name Premna cumingiana Schauer. This tree is typically found in secondary forests at low and medium altitudes, ascending to 1,000 meters, from Northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao. It also occurs in Celebes. This tree is known to be used as a remedy for dropsy, here in Philippines, by infusing leaves. In addition, Magilik is also used as diuretic and anti-diabetic. Read More

Malagoso

Benefits of A Malagoso Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Malagoso (Mollugo pentaphylla) is a member of Molluginaceae family. The plant is also known as Indian chickweed, itch flower or five-leaved carpetweed. It is described as an erect prostate, annual plant with a thin taproot. It is locally abundant as a minor weed in cultivated areas, including rice fields and open grasslands also in sandy or stony localities. Properties that are considered stomachic, aperient, emmenagogue and spermicidal are found present in the plant. Leaves are bitter taste and considered antiperiodic. In India, leaves are used as a bitter pot herb. Read More

Malayan Spurge

Benefits of A Malayan Spurge Image by IES / CC BY-SA 3.0 Malayan Spurge (Euphorbia antiquorum), is a member of Euphorbiaceae family. It is known by several common names, including Indian spurge, Malayan spurge, square spurge, square milk hedge, triangular milkwort and triangular splurge. The spiny, succulent shrub or small tree is widely cultivated throughout the Philippines as an ornamental. The plant is tastes bitter and has cooling effect. It also has properties that are considered stomachic, antifebrile, antiphlogistic, anti-infectious and antidermatosis. Medicinally, it is applied as poultice and an extract from the plant is used for chest pains and constipation. Read More

Mangostan

Benefits of Mangostan Image by Jeremy Weate / CC BY-SA 2.0 Mangostan (Garcinia mangostana), is a member of Guttiferae family. It is known by several common names, including Mangosteen, kanabla, king’s fruit, purple mangosteen and queen of fruits. The small, very slow-growing evergreen tree is usually planted in parts of Mindanao and in Sulu Archipelago, and occasionally in other region. Parts of the trees contain medicinal properties. The rind is an astringent and used internally to treat dysentery, diarrhea, cystitis and gonorrhea. Also, it is applied externally to treat eczema and other skin disorders. An extract form the bark is called “amibiasine”, it is marketed for the treatment of amoebic dysentery. Read More

Melon

Benefits of Melon Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name cucumis melo, this plant is also known as Cantaloupe and Musk melon, in English. This species is known to be cultivated in warm countries. In the Philippines, it is cultivated in several varieties. Melon has emetic, purgative, nutritive, demulcent, diuretic, stomachic, peptic, and constructive properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as vomiting, chronic an acute eczema, freckles, dyspepsia, purulent problems of the digestive tract, and menorrhagia. Melon seeds are used as a refreshing medicine in Italy. Read More

Mutha

Benefits of Mutha Image by Jeevan Jose  / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name cyperus rotundus, this plant is also known as the Nut grass, Coco grass, Nutsedge, and Purple nutsedge, in English. Mutha can be found in open areas with low and medium altitudes. This species is pantropic in distribution and is a common weed in gardens, lawns, and wastelands. Mutha has analgesic, alternative, astringent, antispasmodic, antibacterial, carminative, contraceptive, demulcent, emmenagogue, emollient, febrifuge, immunostimulant, laxative, stimulative, tonic, and vermifuge properties. In the Philippines, this plant is used to treat dysentery. In other places, it is believed to help cure conditions such as indigestion, constipation, neurogenic, gastralgia, abdominal distention, acidic vomiting, irregular menstruation, stomach and bowel disorders, leprosy, and more. Read More

Magnolia

Benefits of Magnolia Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This shrub comes with different English name such as “Coconut magnolia”, “Dwarf magnolia” and “Egg magnolia”. Its scientific name Magnolia coco, is an ancient genus. It is believed to be native to China, and is planted but not common in the Philippines. It is propagated by seeds or marcotting. Magnolia flowers are added to tea to enhance the fragrance. Though, study also shown to exhibit antioxidant properties and its bark has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine where it is called “houpu”. Read More

Malais-is

Benefits of A Malais-is Image by Miigas / CC BY-SA 2.0 Malais-is (Malaisia scandens), is a member of Moraceae family. It is also known as Burney vine or crow ash. The climbing shrub is distributed in thickets and forests in Northern Luzon to Mindanao and Palawan. Seeds of the plant are considered edible; it can be eaten raw or cooked. Medicinally, a decoction made from leaves is administered to women after birth. Vine from the plant used as a rope for tying purposes. Read More

Malbas

Benefits of Malbas Image by Vengolis / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name abutilon badium, this plant is also known as the Country mallow, Indian abutilon, Indian lantern flower, Indian mallow, and the Chinese bell flower, in English. This species is certainly introduced in the Philippines and has become pantropic. It usually grows in thickets and waste places with low and medium altitudes all over the country. Malbas has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, astringent, demulcent, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, laxative properties, and more. In the Philippines, Malbas leaves decoction is used for cleansing wounds and ulcers. It is also believed that it can help cure conditions such as bronchitis, bilious diarrhea, gonorrhea, bladder inflammation, urethritis, fevers, cystitis, and more. Read More

Mani

Benefits of Mani Image by Texnik / CC BY-SA 3.0 Mani (Arachis hypogaea Linn.), is a member of the bean or pea family Leguminosae. It is known by several common names, including peanut, earth nut, goober, ground nut or monkey nut. The annual plant, spreading, branched herb is cultivated in many parts of the Philippines because of its edible seeds. Medicinally, the oil is considered aperient, demulcent, emollient and pectoral. Also considered aphrodisiac, decoagulant, anti-inflammatory and peptic. Seed is mainly used as a nutritive food. And have been used in folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac and decoagulant. Read More
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