Abaniko is an erect and tufted perennial rhizomatous herb with a thick creeping rootstock. Traditionally considered aperient, purgative, antipyretic, diuretic, expectorant, deobstruent, carminative and resolvent. It’s pulp considered stomachic. Studies have shown anticancer, antifungal, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory, antilipidemic, antibacterial, estrogenic properties.
– Rhizomes used as expectorant.
– Used for purifying the blood, for liver and pulmonary complaints.
– In Malaya, used as a remedy for gonorrhea.
– In Malabar, used as alexipharmic.
– In Cochin-China (Vietnam), roots used for aperient and resolvent properties.
– Used as antidote to snakebites.
– In traditional Chinese medicine, used for pharyngitis, tonsillitis, cough, wheezing, bronchitis and mumps, blood purification, tumors of the face and breast. B. chinensis is an ingredient in the Chinese product–San Jin Xi Gua Xuang–used for sore throat, mouth and tongue ulcers.
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