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Surprising Uses Of “Purple Rain” Better Known As “Sanggumay” In The Philippines

Denbrobium anosmum is a tufted epiphytic, occasionally lithophytic herb. Stems are terete, nodose and erect or pendulous. Leaves are coriaceous or entire, flat, often articulate with sheaths. Flowers are borne on leafless stems, each flower measuring about 8 centimeters, with mauve to purple petals, with a broad lip and a dark purple throat, exuding a charactertic raspberry fragrance.

Uses
Folkloric
– Except for isolated anecdotal reports of use of decoction of flowers as invigorating, there is no recorded folkloric use in the Philippines.
– Used as ingredient in Chinese medicine.
– In Vietnam, the entire genus Dendrobium is medicinal.
– Some Dendrobium species are touted to provide superb sexual vigor.

– Stems of many species are sweetish and have a cooling effect.
– In the Philippines, of the Dendrobium species, D. crumenatum is as using the pseudobulbs for ear afflictions, and the Malays and Javanese use poultice of leaves for acne and pimples. Another is D. nutans, a liniment of its bulb is used for tumors and abscesses.
– Fresh or dried stems of many Dendrobium species are one of the most expensive tonics in traditional Chinese medicine.

Others
– Ornamental: Flowers used for decorative for ceremonies and rituals.
– Scent: Linalool used as odor agent in cosmetics, soaps, etc.
– Superstition: Some believe it to ward off evil spirits; others, that it will bring good fortunes. Some believe it is bad for Feng Shui.

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Jeny Rose Rodriguez

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