Monday, February 6, 2012

Centella asiatica Linn. (Bua Bok tea.)

Medicinal Plants in Thailand.

Centella asiatica (Linn.) Urban
Asiatic Pennywort, Tiger Herbal
Thai name : Bua Bok

Perennial creeping herb. Leaf simple, alternate, kidney-shaped, 2-5 cm in diameter. Inflorescence in axillary umbel; flowers small, violet. Fruit dry, dehiscent.
Fresh leaf: treatment of sore throat, thirst; antipy­retic, diuretic, antidiarrheal; externally used for burns and wounds. Preparation: grind 1 handful of well-cleaned fresh leaves with small amount of water, put on the affected area or squeeze and use only watery juice. Active constituents are madecassic acid, asiatic acid and asiaticoside, which are astringent and stimulate tissue repairmen! at affected area, lower the probability of keloid formation, inhibits growth of Staphylococcus spp., possess antifungal activity against tinea versicolor and reduce inflammation. Commercialized product as anti-inflammatory cream for surgical wounds.

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Piper sarmentosum Roxb. (Chaa Phluu)

Medicinal Plants in Thailand.

Millingtonia hortensis Linn. f.
Thai name : Peep

Tree, 15-25 m high, with deeply furrowed corky bark. Leaves bipinnate to tripinnate, opposite; leaflets ovate-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, 3-5 cm long. Inflo­rescence in terminal panicle; flowers white, long tubular, fragrant. Fruit linear capsule, compressed parallel to septum, septifragal.
Dried flower: smoke for treatment of asthma. Root: lung tonic, antiasthmatic; volatile active constitu­ent hispidulin, exhibits better bronchodilatic effect than aminophylline. No toxicity found.

TRADITIONAL USE Dried flower. Bronchodilator
Root : long tonic, Bronchodilator

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Xylia xylocarpa (Roxb.) Taub. (Daeng)

Medicinal Plants in Thailand.

Xylia xylocarpa (Roxb.) Taub.

var. kerrii (Craib et Hutch.) Nielsen


Iron Wood

Thai name : Daeng

Tree, 5-30 m high; young branches and shoots yellowish puberulous. Leaves bipinnate, alternate; pinnae 2; leaflets 4-5 pairs per pinna, ovate or ovate-oblong, 3-7 cm wide, 7-20 cm long. Inflorescence in terminal or axillary, single or compound heads; flowers white or yellowish white. Pod flat, kidney-shaped.

Stem bark: antidiarrheal; decoction; used to cure exanthematous fevers. Wood: boil with water and drink as laxative; treatment of uterus or ovarial cancer in women and lung cancer in men; Stem bark and wood: decoction; take a glass daily for internal injury, bloody vaginal discharge. Not recommended for pregnant women. Flower, anti­pyretic, heart tonic

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