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The Healing Power Of “Guest Tree” Commonly Known As “Tan-ag” In The Philippines

Tan-ag is a tree growing 8 to 15 meters high. Leaves are alternate, broadly ovate, with pointed tip and heart-shaped base. Flowers are pink, about 8 millimeters long, terminating the branches. Fruit is a thin-walled, inflated capsule about 2 centimeters long.

Properties
– Lice-killing.
– Considered anti-tumor, antibacterial (weak), chronotropic, histaminergic, spasmolytic.
– Studies have shown hepatoprotective, antioxidant, and cytotoxic properties.

Uses
– Young leaves, sprouts, and flowers eaten as vegetable.
Folkloric
– Decoction of leaves used for scabies and itching and all forms of dermatitis.
– Used for psoriasis.
– Crush leaves rubbed on forehead to relieve headache.
– Bark and leaves used in Malaya as hair wash to destroy lice.
– In eastern Malaysia juice of leaves used as eyewash.
– In Malaya, Indonesia and Papua, New Guinea, used to treat scabies.
– In Papua, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, a preparation from the cambium used to treat pneumonia. Leaves used as hair-wash to get rid of lice.

– In Indonesia, used for liver diseases.
– In Sulawesi, boiled leaves drunk for stomachaches, liver diseases, and various internal diseases. The leaves used as repellent against ticks.
– Bark is scraped, mixed with water, filtered and drunk to relieve coughs and tuberculosis.
– Crushed leaf rubbed on skin diseases and rubbed on the forehead to relieve headaches.
– Juice from young leaves, mixed in water, drunk to treat bee stings.

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This Article Was Written By

Jeny Rose Rodriguez

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