Benefits of Alpasotis

With the scientific name ambrina ambrosioides, this plant is also called epazote, Indian goosefoot, sweet pigweed, or wormseed in English. Alpasotis is known to be native in Mexico but is now pantropic. In the Philippines, this plant grows in settled areas either cultivated or spontaneous, at medium and high altitudes like Benguet.

Alpasotis have analgesic, antiasthmatic, antifungal, carminative, diuretic, emmeagogue, stomachic, sudorific and vermifuge effect. Decoction may be used as wash to various skin diseases of the lower limbs, eczema, and ulcers. Infusion is used as digestive remedy, colic, and stomach pains. It is also used for wound healing and its poultice is used to treat snake bites and poison.

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