Medicinal: Bird’s Nest Fern

plant 4Uses:

An infusion of the leaves has been used to ease labour pain by an aboriginal tribe in Malaysia. The Malays also use the leaves to obtain a lotion to treat fever.

Family: Asplniaceae

Genus: Asplenium

Medicinal: Sea Hibiscus

plant 8Uses:
In Malaysia and Indonesia, the leaves are considered cooling and thus are used in controlling fever. The leaves are also used as a soothing agent and to remove phlegm from the respiratory passages. In the Philippines, the mucilaginous water, obtained by soaking fresh bark in water, is prescribed for dysentery.

Common Name: Sea Hibiscus

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Hibiscus

Medicinal: Setawar Hutan

plant 7Uses:

The rhizome has been used to treat fever, rash, asthma, bronchitis, and intestinal worms. It is also mentioned as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness. It is used to treat kidney problems and other urinary problems in Mizo traditional medicine.

The showy flowers emerge from between dark red to reddish purple bracts on pinecone-shaped, terminal inflorescences

Vernacular Name: Setawar Hutan
Family: Costaceae
Genus: Cheilocostus

Medicinal: Ambong Ambong

plant 6Uses:
The Malays eat the leaves from this plant when they have indigestion and apply a poultice to the head to cure headache. The roots are used as an antidote to eating poisonous fish and crabs in Indonesia.

This seashore shrub or small tree has white flowers whose corolla tube is split open along the upper side

Vernacular Name: Ambong Ambong
Family: Goodeniaceae
Genus: Scaevola

Medicinal: Bunga Tanjung

plant 5Uses:
In Malaysia, the bark is used to treat fever, pimples and diarrhoea and the leaves for headache. The Indonesians smoke the leaves to get relief from asthma and apply the bark to treat itch, rheumatism and gonorrhea.

Family: Sapotaceae
Genus: Mimusops

Medicinal: Tongkat Ali

plant 3Uses:

E. longifolia has been widely commercialized. Has been used as the basis for supplements, anti-malaria and drink additives. As a supplement, it has been marketed for the supposed benefits of sexual health improvement, as an energy and stamina booster, for improving blood circulation, and as a testosterone booster. Also commercialize as “Tongkat Ali Coffee”.

Vernacular Name: Bird’s Nest Fern

Family: Asplniaceae

Genus: Asplenium

Medicinal: Curculin

plant 2Uses:
Curculin is a sweet protein that was discovered in Curculigo Latifolia. Like Miraculin, Curculin exhibits taste-modifying activity; however, unlike Miraculin, its also exhibits sweet taste by itself. After consumption of Curculin, water and sour solutions taste sweet. The sap from the pith is used to treat cuts and wounds.

It has the potential to make unpleasant tasting substances, such as medicine, palatable. Cancer patients undergoing Chemotherapy can sometimes experience the unpleasant side effect of food tasting metallic. Miraculin has been used, with some success, to relieve this side effect, however it does not work in every case. Curculin could be investigated as a possible alternative.

It comes from the fruit of Curculigo latifolia from Malaysia.

Vernacular Name: Tambaka
Family: Hypoxidaceae
Genus: Curculigo

Medicinal: Straits Rhododendron

plant 1Uses:
The leaves are used for wounds. The whole plant is used to reduce high blood pressure. Roots are taken as mouthwash and are used to relieve toothache. The root can be given to woman after child birth to aid healing and womb strengthening or to alleviate rheumatism, arthritis and tenderness in the legs.

Common name: Straits Rhododendron
Scientific name : Melastoma malabathricum
Vernacular Name: Senduduk
Identification: A shrub up to 2 meters.
Distinguish Features : Attractive purple flowers. Dark purplish edible fruit.