Prosea Herbal

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1. Gatas-gatas (Euphorbia hirta L.)

Common names: Boto-botonis (Tagalog); maragatas (Ilokano); asthma herb.

Indications and preparations: Cigarettes from dried leaves and flowers for asthma; latex for warts and cuts.

2. Makahiya (Mimosa pudica L.)

Common names: Babain (Ilokano); huya-huya (Bisaya); torog-torog (Bikol); sensitive plant.

Indications and preparations: Decoction of whole plant diuretic, anti-asthma, wash for dermatitis.

3. Oregano (Plectranthus ambionicus (Lour.) Spreng.)

Common names: Suganda (Tagalog); country borage, Indian borage.

Indications and preparations: Leaf juice and decoction for asthma, cough; pounded leaves for insect bites, poultice for headache and gas pain.

4. Lagundi (Vitex negundo L.)

Common names: Dangla (Ilokano); five-leaved chaste tree, horseshoe vitex.

Indications and preparations: Leaves and flowering tops decoction, syrup, tablets and capsules for coughs, colds, fever and asthma.

Family: Verbenaceae
Description: A shedding shrub or small tree up to 8 m tall, bark surface slightly rough, peeling off in papery flakes, pale reddish-brown. Leaflets 3-5, narrowly elliptical Fruit spherical to broadly egg-shaped, 3-6 mm long, purple or black when mature.
Ecological distribution: Found in humid places or along watercourses, in waste places and mixed open forest. Eastern Africa and Madagascar to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, throughout the Malesian region, east to the Palau Islands, the Caroline Islands and the Mariana Islands. Widely cultivated in Europe, Asia, North America and the West Indies.
Parts used: Leaves and flowering tops.
Traditional uses: roots and leaves – for pain, bitter tonic, expectorant and diuretic;
sap from crushed leaves – for coughs and sore throat;
leaf decoction – for wounds, ulcers, aromatic baths, and internally to promote the flow of milk, to induce menstruation, against gastric colic, and against flatulence.
seeds – boiled and eaten to prevent the spread of toxins from poisonous bites of animals;
flowers – for diarrhea, cholera and liver disorders
Special precautions: Make sure to have the five-leaved varieties, as there are other varieties of lagundi.
Product available: Syrup, tablets and capsules.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.

5. Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton)

Common names: Kampupot (general); manul (Bisaya); Arabian jasmine.

Indications and preparations: Infusion, steam inhalation of the fresh flowers for asthma and bronchitis.

6. Calamansi (Citrus microcarpa Bunge)

Common names: Bugarom (Bisaya).

Indications and preparations: Leaf decoction diuretic and anti-diabetic.

7. Dusol (Kaempferia galanga L.)

Common names: Gisol (general); disok (Ilokano); East Indian galangal.

Indications and preparations: Rhizome decoction for colds, headache, malaria.

8. Yerba Buena (Mentha cordifolia Opiz)

Common names: Herba buena, menta (general); marsh mint, mint leaves.

Indications and preparations: Tablets, capsules, tea for pain e.g. headache, toothache, arthritis; for cough, gaseous distention; pounded leaves, ointment for insect bites, colds.

9. Luya (Zingiber officinale Roscoe)

Common names: Luy-a (General); baseng (Ilokano); laya (Bikol); ginger, ginger root.

Indications and preparations: Rhizome decoction, lozenges, tea for colds, cough, sorethroat, and as carminative, and to relieve motion sickness; tincture, liniment for rheumatic complaints.

Family: Zingiberaceae

Description: Erect, slender, perennial herb with a thickened, fleshy subterranean rhizome and with one or more aerial leafy stems up to 1.25 m tall. Rhizome fleshy, robust, up to 2 cm thick, growing horizontally underground but at shallow depth. Leaves regularly arranged in two opposite rows, sheath prominently veined. Flowers fragile, short lived, arises direct from rhizome. Fruit a thin-walled capsule, 3 valved, red. Seed small, black and with pulpy cover.
Ecological distribution: Prefers warm, sunny conditions. Grown in tropical Asia, brought to Europe and East Africa by Arab traders from India, introduced to Jamaica.
Parts used: Rhizome.
Traditional uses: Rhizome juice – used against migraine, inflammation of the lining tissue of the nose, throat, and air passages, against spasmodic pain in the bowels and relieve menstrual cramps.
Crushed rhizomes – applied externally against headache, toothache, rheumatism, intestinal problems, itch, boils, swellings and applied as an antidote against snake poison.
Decoctions or poultices – rubbed on the body after childbirth, against swelling and bruises, rheumatism and baths against fever.
Leaves – externally for poulticing to treat headache.
Ginger tea – to prevent hoarseness.
Culinary purposes: as spice and food flavoring.
Indications: For cough, colds; as carminative, for rheumatic complaints.
Special precautions:. Some people may be allergic to ginger oil. Dosage of ginger should not exceed the amounts used in food especially for pregnant and nursing women
Product available: Ginger powder, tea, oil.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205

10. Balanoy (Ocimum basilicum L.)

Common names: Bidai (Ilokano); bouak (Bisaya); basil, sweet basil.

Indications and preparations: Leaf juice for cough, gas pain, toothache, insect bites.

11. Ikmo (Piper betle L.)

Common names: Buyo (Bisaya); betel leaf pepper.

Indications and preparations: Fresh leaves as poultice for swellings, bruises, boils, headache, stomach ache, on the chest for pulmonary complaints.

12. Duhat (Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels)

Common names: Lomboy (Ilokano, Bisaya); Java plum, black plum.

Indications and preparations: Leaf decoction for diarrhea, as mouthwash and for cleansing wounds; ripe fruit for diabetes.

13. Sinta (Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Wallich ex Nees)

Common names: Aluy, lekha (Tagalog); green chireta.

Indications and preparations: Pills or infusion for hypertension; mixed with Orthosiphon aristatus, for diabetes.

14. Chichirika (Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don.)

Common names: Kantutay, amnias (Tagalog); Madagascar periwinkle (English)

Indications and preparations: Decoction for diabetes; alkaloids for cancer chemotherapy.

15. Caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito L.)

Common names: Cainito, star apple

Indications and preparations: Decoction of leaves for diarrhea; fresh fruit for diabetes.

16. Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers.)

Common names: Bugarom (Bisaya).

Indications and preparations: Leaf decoction diuretic and anti-diabetic.

17. Balbas-pusa (Orthosiphon aristatus (Blume) Miq.)

Common names: Kabling-gubat; cat’s whiskers.

Indications and preparations: Leaves and flowers decoction; diuretic, dissolves renal stones; combined with  Andrographis paniculata, for diabetes.

18. Sampa-sampalukan (Phyllanthus niruri L.)

Common names: Tartalikod (Ilokano); yerba de San Pablo (Bisaya); egg-woman, seed-under-leaf.

Indications and preparations: Infusion for diarrhea, diabetes, hepatitis, jaundice; pounded plant poultice for bruises, swellings, open sores.

19. Ampalaya (Momordica charantia (L.) DC)

Common names: Ampalaya (Tagalog); paria (Ilokano); palia (Bisaya); bitter gourd, bitter cucumber, bitter melon (English)

Indications and preparations: anti-diabetic (non-insulin dependent); for fertility regulation.

Family: Cucurbitaceae/ Asteraceae
Description: Monoecious, annual vine up to 5m long. Stem 5-ridged. Leaf blade broadly ovate,deeply palmately-lobed, deeply cordate at base, lobes obovate and sinuate-lobulate or sinuate-toothed, glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Flowers, yellow. Fruit, irregularly warty, orange when ripe, dehiscing. Seeds brown.
Ecological distribution: In lowland rain forest, riverine forest, thickets, hedges, waste places, and roadsides. Domesticated in in eastern India and Southern China.
Parts used: Young leaves: tops.
Traditional uses: Root, stem, fruit, flower decoction – as an agent to reduce fever, diabetes millitusPlant – as laxative, against chronic malariaJuice from plant parts – externally to treat skin disorders, abscesses and burns, diarrhea and stomach-ache.Leaf juice – for jaundice, and menstrual disorders.

Flower – part of a mixture for asthma.

Seed – for chest pains, dysentery, obstructions of liver and spleen, hemorrhoids, chronic malaria, ulcers, breast cancer, mumps, and lumbago.

Roots – expectorant.

Leaf tops and fruits as vegetable.

Special precautions: Blood sugar level should be monitored regularly. The native variety with small bitter fruit is recommended.
Product available: tablets, capsules, tea.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

20. Sambong (Blumea balsamifera L. DC)

Common names: Sambong (Tagalog); lakad-bulan (Bikol); Ngai camphor (English).

Indications: Diuretic in hypertension; dissolves kidney stones.

Family: Compositae/Asteraceae

Description: Erect, semi-woody, aromatic herb or shrub about 4 m tall. Leaves alternate, coarse, large with slightly toothed margins. Flowerheads stalked, terminal panicles, yellowish-white flowers numerous.
Ecological distribution: In roadsides, fields, lowland and mountainous regions. From India, Myanmar, South China, Taiwan to Thaiand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Parts used: Leaves and flowering tops.
Traditional uses: leaf decoction – for asthma, bronchitis, respiratory problems in general; stomachic, vermifuge, as bath for women after childbirthleaf juice – for sores, boilsCigarettes containing chopped leaves – to relieve sinusitis.
Special precautions: Avoid using with other diuretics. When taking diuretics, eat at least one banana a day.
Product available: Tablets, capsules and herbal tea
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

21. Manzanilla (Chrysanthemum indicum L.)

Official name (Filipino): Manzanilla.

Common names: Dolontas (Tagalog); false chamomile, winter aster, Indian chrysanthemum.

Indications and preparations: Flowers macerated in oil for colic, stomach upset.

22. Bayabas (Psidium guavaja L.)

Common names: Guava, bayabas (Tagalog); guyabas (Iloko); Guava (English).

Indications: Antidiarrhea; antiseptic.

Family: Myrtaceae

Description: Shallow-rooted shrub or small tree, up to 10 m tall, branching from the base and often producing suckers. Bark, smooth, green to red brown, peeling off in thin flakes. Leaves opposite and with glands. Flowers solitary or in 2-3 flowered cymes. Fruit a berry, globose. Seeds usually numerous, embedded in pulp, yellowish, 3 – 5 mm long.
Ecological distribution: In parks and gardens. Indigenous to American tropics, originated between Mexico and Peru, to the Philippines and introduced from West to India.
Parts used: Leaves, fruits.
Traditional uses: for diarrhea;Leaf decoction: for washing wounds, skin infections, feminine hygiene; mouthwash.Chopped leaves: to stop bleeding (shallow cuts).Fruits: excellent source of Vitamin C; for making jams and jellies.
Special precautions: Eating too much guava fruit may cause constipation.
Product available: guava powder; herbal tea.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

23. Luyang dilaw (Curcuma longa L.)

Common names: Dilaw; (Tagalog); kalabaga (Bisaya); kulyaw (Ilokano); turmeric.

Indications and preparations: Rhizome, ointment for allergic dermatitis; as poultice for gas pain in adults.

Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Description: Perennial erect herb that grows to about 1.5 m high, with fleshy and aromatic branched underground stem (rhizome), Leaves are large, about 70 cm long and 20 cm wide. Flowers yellowish-white, fragrant; inflorescence terminal. Rhizome is yellow outside, bright yellow-orange inside.
Ecological distribution: Native to the Indo-Malesian region; in rich, moist soils, in most of Southeast Asia.
Parts used: Rhizomes
Traditional uses: As medicine – juice is applied to bruises, for stomach ache, as antispasmodic; for skin itch and other skin diseases; expels intestinal wormsOther uses: Food color, spice and dye for fabrics and fibers..
Special precautions: As with any other medication, if after using for 3 – 5 days, symptoms persist or there is no sign improvement, consult a doctor.
Product available: Turmeric ointment, turmeric powder.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

24. Sampalok (Tamarindus indica L.)

Common names: Sambagi (Bisaya); sambak (Bikol); salomagi (Ilokano); tamarind.

Indications and preparations: Leaf decoction sponge bath in fever and after childbirth; ripe fruit laxative, macerated in water and sweetened a refreshing drink for fever.

25. Paminta (Piper nigrum L.)

Common names: Pimienta (general); black pepper.

Indications and preparations: Decoction of fruits for fever and malaria.

26. Makabuhay (Tinospora  crispa L. Hook f. & Thompson)

Common names: Paliahan (Bisaya).

Indications and preparations: Stem decoction antipyretic, anti-malaria; wash for skin ulcers.

Family: Menispermaceae

Description: A woody climber up to 15 m long, older stems with numerous prominent protrusions. Leaves broadly heart-shaped; flowers with 3 petals; fruit an ellipsoidal drupe, orange, up to 2 cm long. The stem contains a very bitter milky sap.
Ecological distribution: In primary rainforests or mixed deciduous forests throughout the Philippines; in tropical Asia at altitudes up to 1000 m.
Parts used: fresh or dried stem
Traditional uses: An infusion is used to treat fever due to malaria; also for jaundice; and against intestinal worms.
Method of preparation and dosage: Boil chopped stem, 30 g fresh or 25 g dried, in 3 glasses of water for 20 minutes. Strain. Take ½ glass of the decoction twice a day before meals.
Contraindications: Bitter taste not agreeable to most people. Avoid giving to pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Special precautions: Use non-metallic containers for preparing the decoction. As with any medication, proper administration of the designated dose is very important. If no improvement in the patient’s condition is observed after 2 days, discontinue treatment and consult a physician or pharmacist.
Product available:
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

27. Bawang (Allium sativum L.)

Common names: Ajos (Bisaya); garlic

Indications and preparations: Fresh cloves, capsules for lowering blood cholesterol levels; antiseptic.

Family: Alliaceae

Parts used: Leaves and bulbs (cloves).
Traditional uses: cloves – for lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels;
externally – for headache, insect bites, ringworm, athlete’s foot, toothache, rheumatism;
decoction – for fever
Special precautions: Avoidtaking with medicines for lowering blood sugar, and medicines for thinning blood. Dosage must not exceed 6-8 cooked cloves a day. Stomach ulcer may develop if garlic is eaten raw.
Description: Erect, low, annual herb, 30-60 cm high. Leaves flat, or V-shaped in transverse section, alternate, arranged in two opposite rows, arising from underground bulbs. Cloves enclosed by papery protective coats. Flowers often imperfect or absent.
Ecological distribution: Cultivatedall over the world. Probably originated from Central Asia.
Product available: tablets, capsules, powder-based extract
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205

28. Pansit-pasitan (Peperomia pellucida (L.) Kunth)

Common names: Ulasiman-bato, pansit-pansitan (Tagalog); olasiman-ihalas (Cebu,Bisaya); tangon-tangon (Bikol); peperomia (English).

Indications and preparations: Infusion, decoction or salad for gout and rheumatic pains; pounded plant warm poultice for boils and abscesses.

Family: Piperaceae

Description: Small fleshy herb up to 30 cm tall. Stem initially erect, rooting at nodes, glabrous. Leaves spirally arranged, simple and membranous when dry. Flowers bisexual, without a stalk, floral bracts rounded. Fruit fleshy, one-seeded.
Ecological distribution: in disturbed habitats, in gardens and cultivated areas that are damp and lightly shaded, on damp hard surfaces such as walls, roofs, steep gullies, and in flower pots. Native to South America, common in South-East Asia, naturalized widely in the Old World tropics.
Parts used: Aerial plant parts.
Traditional uses: Whole plant – as warm poultice to treat abscesses, boils and pimples, rheumatism and fatigue.
bruised leaf – for headache, convulsions.
infusion or decoction-against gout, kidney troubles, rheumatic pain, externally as rinse for complexion problems.
Leaf juice – for colic and abdominal pains.
Eaten as fresh salad.
Special precautions: Avoid using with other pain relievers, diuretics.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

29. Siling labuyo (Capsicum frutescens L.)

Common names: Sili labuyo (Tagalog); Capsicum pepper, chili bird pepper, bird’s eye chili (English).

Indications: Counter-irritant.

Family: Solanaceae

Description: An annual herb or subshrub 0.5-1.5 m tall, erect much branched. Stem irregularly angular to to subterete up to 1 cm in diameter, green to brown-green with purplish spots near nodes . Leaves alternate, simple and very variable. Flowers usually borne singly, terminal. Fruit a non- pulpy berry, very variable in size, shape, color, and degree of pungency, up to 30 mm long green, yellow, cream or purplish when immature, red orange, yellow brown when mature.
Ecological distribution: New World origin, originated in South America, introduced and cultivated throughout South-East Asia. They grow at a wide range of altitudes, with rainfall between 600-1250 mm.
Parts used: Leaves, fruits.
Traditional uses: Externally – carminative and antispasmodic in colics; relief of rheumatic pain.Used as spice in cooking.
Special precautions: Capsicum may cause stomach irritation. Should not be taken during pregnancy and lactation.
Product available: Liniment
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

30. Mayana (Plectranthus scuttelarioides)

Common names: Badiara, malaina (Tagalog); daponaya (Bisaya); painted nettle.

Indications and preparations: Fresh leaves as cataplasm for bruises, contusions, swellings, headache.

Family: Labiatae

Description: An erect, branched perennial herb up to 150 cm tall, commonly cultivated for its ornamental purplish foliage. Flowers small, 8-15 mm long, in irregularly branched clusters, blue or violet with whitish tube; nutlets globose, 1 – 1.2 mm long, shiny brown.
Ecological distribution: In all kinds of habitat; from rainforest to fields, thickets and gardens; from lowland to 2900 m altitude.
Parts used: Leaves
Traditional uses: Internally for diarrhea; against intestinal worms; for delayed menstruation; for hemorrhoids. Externally for swellings, small pox, fresh cuts and sores.
Special precautions: Discontinue medication if it does not seem to be working, or if an allergic reaction occurs.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

31. Sabila (Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f.)

Common names: Dilang buwaya, acibar (general); Curacao aloe, aloe.

Indications and preparations: Sap from fresh leaves for alopecia, falling hair, burns, psoriasis, complexion care. Pounded leaves poultice for contusions and localized edema.

32. Niyog-niyogan (Quisqualis indica L.)

Common names: Tartaraok (Tagalog); balitadham (Bisaya); Rangoon creeper, Chinese honeysuckle, liane vermifuge, yesterday, today & tomorrow.

Indications and preparations: Fruit (kernel)anthelmintic; leaves poultice for headache.

Family: Combretaceae
Description: Woody climber up to 8 m, young branchlets sparsely pubescent. Leaves opposite, untire, 7 – 15 cm long. Inflorescence erminal or axillary clusters of fragrant, tubular, showy flowers varying in color from white to pink to red. Petals 10 – 20 mm long. Fruit ellipsoidal, long, with 5 prominent wings lengthwise. Fruit when mature taste like almonds.
Ecological distribution: In forest margins at low altitude, in gardensand backyards. Native to Asian tropics and throughout Malesian region.
Parts used: Fruits.
Traditional uses: root, seed, fruit decoction – used as vermifuge, stop diarrhea;
fruits and seeds – alleviate nephritis, used as bechic or pectoral, against ascaris;
leaf juice – remedy for boils and ulcers;
leaves – relieve ache caused by fever;
roots – treat rheumatism;
fruit decoction – gargle against toothache.
Special precautions: Follow recommended dosage. Overdose causes hiccups.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

33. Ipil-ipil (Leucaena leucocephala (Lamk.) de Wit)

Common names: Santa Elena (Tagalog); komkompitis (Ilokano); loyloi (Bisaya).

Indications and preparations: Seeds anthelmintic.

34. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.)

Common names: Bruise-wort, bone-set.

Indications and preparations: Crushed leaves, ointment for allergic dermatitis.

35. Akapulko (Senna alata (L.) Roxb.)

Common names: Katanda (Tagalog); andadasi (Ilokano); palochina (Bisaya); ringworm bush, seven golden candlesticks

Indications and preparations: Crushed leaves, ointment for fungal skin infections e.g. tinea flava, ringworm, athlete’s foot

Family: Leguminosae
Description: A shrub, 1-2 m tall, with thick branches, pubescent. Leaves with 8-20 pairs of leaflets oblong-elliptical. Flowers with oblong sepals. Fruit tetragonal, winged and glabrous. Seeds quadrangular, flattened, and shiny.
Ecological distribution: Native to South America, now distributed throughout the tropics; abundantly naturalized in South East Asia, and occasionally planted throughout the region for medicinal and ornamental purposes.
Parts used: Leaves
Traditional uses: root, flower and leaf decoction – used as laxative
pounded leaves – against ringworm
leaf decoction – as an expectorant in bronchitis and dyspnea, as astringent, mouthwash and a wash for eczema.
Special precautions: Apply thinly twice daily on affected part. Improvement should occur 2 – 3 weeks after treatment.
Product available: ointment, lotion, herbal soap.
Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp.
Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.

My Source: http://www.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph/prosea/proseaherbal/indications_index.htm

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    ayyah toledo said:
    January 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    thank to this website it helps me find my project easier
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