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Tagak-tagak

Benefits of Tagak-tagak Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 4.0 Tagak-tagak (Rhinacanthus nasuta), is a member of the Acanthaceae family. The much-branched shrub is also known by several common names, including ibon-ibonan, tagak-tagak, dainty spurs and snake jasmine. It grows in thickets, hedges and waste places in and about towns in Rizal, Cavite and Laguna Provinces in Luzon. The plant is used traditionally as a medicine for its beneficial effect upon a range of skin conditions. It is also considered aphrodisiac, wound healing antidotal properties. Roots resemble chrysophanic and frangulic acids in its antiseptic and anti-parasitic properties. Read More

Talahib

Benefits of Talahib Image by Gangulybiswarup / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name saccharum spontaneum, this plant is also known as the “Fodder cane”, “Wild cane”, or the “Wild sugarcane” in English. This species usually grows in open areas with low and medium altitudes ranging up to 1,500 meters. Talahib occupies huge areas all over the Philippines. It can also be spotted growing in India, southern China, Malaya, and Polynesia. Talahib contains astringent, emollient, refrigerant, diuretic, lithotriptic, purgative, tonic, and aphrodisiac properties. In the country, decoction made out of Talahib roots is used to cure fever. In some places, it is also believed to help cure conditions such as beriberi, phthisis, blood diseases, dyspepsia, piles, sexual weakness, respiratory ailments, gynecological troubles, and more. In Siddha, Talahib is also used as a treatment for anemia and obesity. Read More

Tandang-aso

Benefits of Tandang-aso Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name solanum torvum, this plant is also known as the “Cherry eggplant”, “Devil’s fig”, “Pea aubergine”, “Pea eggplant”, or the “Turkey berry” in English. This species is pantropic and flowers all year round. It can grow in open, waste places with low to medium altitudes in most islands and provinces of the Philippines. Tandang-aso contains cooling, antipyretic, anti-rheumatic, antiphlogistic, anti-infectious, anti-contusion, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, tonic, diuretic, digestive, sedative, and antimicrobial properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as stomach ache, or pain caused by contusion, amenorrhea, indigestion, gastric pain, sprain contusion, cracks in the feet, enlarged spleen, and more. In Sierra Leonne, Tandang-aso fruits are used as a treatment for cough in children. Read More

Tibig

Benefits of Tibig Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name ficus nota, this plant is also known as the “Sacking tree” in English. This species usually grows in thickets and forests, most especially in places saturated with water, with low to medium altitudes. This can be spotted growing in the Batan Island, Polilo, Mindoro, Culion, Balabac regions of Palawan, Panay, Samar, and Leyte. Tibig fruits are edible but contains no taste, thus, it is usually consumed with sugar. On the other hand, its young leaves are eaten as vegetable. This plant is believed to help cure conditions such as fever, muscle pain, urinary tract infections, and diabetes. Read More

Trompeta

Benefits of Trompeta Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 This small tree is popularly known as “Angel’s trumpet” in English. Trompeta has a scientific name Datura arborea. It is known to be native of Peru and Chile. Recently, introduced in the Philippines, wherein, it is mostly cultivated as an ornamental plant in Baguio. Though the plant has been used as hallucinogen and intoxicant from its hyocyamine content, this plant still can be used as medicine. In fact, studies have suggested it is effective as antioxidant and aphrodisiac. Read More

Tula-tula

Benefits of Tula-tula Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name mallotus floribundus, this plant is also known as the “Blue blade” in English. This species usually grows in forests with low to medium altitudes. It can be found in the Philippines as well as in Tenasserim through Malaya and Celebes. Tula-tula is believed to help cure conditions such as fevers, stomachaches, cholera, and yaws. In the Malay Peninsula, decoction made out the Tula-tula root is used after childbirth; as well as in fevers, stomachaches, and cholera. Read More

Tagbak

Benefits of Tagbak Image by Richard Parker / CC BY-SA 2.0 Tagbak (Kolowratia elegans), is a member of Zingiberaceae family. The evergreen herbaceous perennial plant grows in thickets along streams. The plants rhizome is used for medicinal purposes. A decoction of the rhizome is used in treating hemoptysis. Leaves is pounded added with a little salt is rubbed on paralyzed extremities. A juice expressed from young stems is used as a treatment for urticarial. Read More

Talong punay

Benefits of Talong punay Image by Dinkum / CC BY 1.0 With its scientific name datura metel, this plant is also known as the “Angel’s trumpet”, “Devil’s trumpet”, “Raving nightshade”, or the “Zombie cucumber” in English. This species is known to be native of tropical Asia. Talong punay usually grows in open waste places all over the Philippines where its main purpose is to serve as an ornamental plant. Talong punay contains anesthetic, anti-asthmatic, antispasmodic, and hypnotic properties. However, all parts of the plant are also considered poisonous. Nonetheless, with proper preparation, this plant is still believed to help cure conditions such as dyspnea, asthma, rheumatism, excessive sneezing, joint swellings, lumbago, painful tumors, and more. Read More

Tañgal

Benefits of Tañgal Image by Ton Rulkens / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name ceriops tagal, this plant is also known as the “Yellow mangrove” or the “Spurred mangrove” in English. This species usually grows in mangrove swamps all over the Philippines. It can also be spotted growing in India and Malaya. Tañgal contains astringent and hemostatic properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as hemorrhages, malignant ulcers, diabetes, and abdominal ailments. In Malay, Tañgal bark made into a decoction is used by women in childbirth. Read More

Tiesa

Benefits of Tiesa Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name pouteria campechiana, this plant is also known as the “Chesa”, “Egg fruit” , “Egg fruit tree”, “Canistel”, “Yellow zapote” and the “Yiessas” in English. This species is indigenous to the South America. It was just introduced in the Philippines way back Spanish era. Tiesa is chiefly cultivated for its edible fruit and for its shade. Tiesa fruit is known to be rich in niacin and carotene with just amount of vitamin C. It can be used for jams, marmalades, and ice cream flavoring. Above all, it is believed to help cure conditions such as fevers, skin eruptions, ulcers, anemia, coronary problems, liver ailments, and epilepsy. Read More
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