Benefits of Alinang
With the scientific name cyperus iria, this plant is also known as the grasshopper’s cyperus, ricefield flatsedge, and umbrellas edge in English. It usually grows on paddy weed in open, wet places. Aside from the Philippines, it can also be found in China, Japan, Korea, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Fiji, Swaziland, and West Africa.
Alinang is believed to have tonic, stimulant, stomachic, and astringent effect. Decoction of ground tubers are known to treat fever. In a study conducted, it is also revealed that alinang has a larvicidal effect.