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Healing Properties Of “Veldt-grape” Better Known As “Sugpon-sugpon” In The Philippines

Veldt-grape has been used as a medicinal plant since antiquity. It has been used in various Ayurvedic classical medicines to heal broken bones and injured ligaments and tendons. In siddha medicine it is considered a tonic and analgesic, and is believed to help heal broken bones, thus its name asthisamharaka (that which prevents the destruction of bones).

Distribution
– In dry thickets in and about towns at low altitudes, in Cagayan, Batangas, and Rizal Provinces in Luzon: in Negros, Cebu, and Siquijor.
– Certainly Introduced.
– Also reported from India to tropical Africa and Java.
Properties
– Considered alterative, bone-healing, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, anthelmintic, antihemorrhoidal, analgesic, anti-asthmatic, and stomachic.
– Studies suggest antioxidant, antimicrobial, bone healing, anti-ulcer, hepatoprotective, antidiabetic, cytoprotective, antihemorrhoidal, venotonic, anthelmintic, antiosteoporotic properties. (21)

Parts used
Stems, roots, young shoots.

Uses
Edibility
– Ash of plant reportedly used as substitute for baking powder.

Folkloric
– In the Philippines, sap or juice of stems used as drops for otorrhea and epistaxis.
– Also used as alterative for menstrual irregularities.
– Powdered roots used for fractures of the bones, with the effect of ordinary plasters.
Leaves of young shoots, dried and powdered, used for bowel complaints associated with indigestion. Also, used as powerful alterative.
– Used for scurvy and irregular menstruation.
– Paste used in asthma.
– Stem preparation boiled in lime-water used as stomachic.
– In Ayurveda, used as tonic, alterative, anthelmintic, digestive, analgesic, anti-asthmatic.
– Used for osteoporosis, asthma, cough, hemorrhoids and gonorrhea.
– Used for the treatment of gastritis, bone fractures, skin infections, constipation, eye diseases, hemorrhoids, anemia, asthma, irregular menstruation, burns and wounds.
– In Africa, used in the treatment of insomnia and epilepsy.
– In Thai medicine, used in treatment of hemorrhoids.
– In East Africa, used for treatment of gonorrhea. The Rongas apply pounded stems to wound to facilitate healing.
– Stout fleshy stems used for treatment of gastritis, constipation, eye diseases, hemorrhoids, and anemia.

Others
– Livestock: Plant fed to cattle to increase flow of milk.

New uses
– Popular use as bone growth promoter supplement and as joint aid for athletes.
– Touted use to promote bone and tissue healing, treat infections, used as anabolic, and use in weight management.

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