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Multiple Medicinal Uses Of “Ardisia Elliptica” Commonly Known As “Tagpo” In The Philippines

Tagpo is a shared common name of two species of plants: Tagpong-gubat, tagpo(Psychotria luconiensis), and Tagpo (Ardisia squamulosa Presl). The latter is a small tree growing to a height of about 10 meters, with fragrant white or pink flowers, and blue or purplish rounded 5-8 mm fruits.

Uses
Culinary
– Leaves eaten as vegetable; used as greens for salad or cooked with meat or fish.
– Flowers and fruits cooked as flavoring for fish.
– In the Malay Peninsula, young shoots are eaten.

Folkloric
– In the Philippines, leaves used on wounds.
– Malays use a decoction of leaves for treatment of chest pains, fever, diarrhea, and parturition problems; roots may be substituted for the same use.
– The Malays use a decoction of leaves to treat heart pains.
– Leaves used to treat scabies and intestinal worms.
– Plant used for liver poisoning, fever, diarrhea, gonorrhea, venereal diseases, and complications of parturition.

In Malaysia, a decoction of leaves is said to assuage retrosternal pains, and a paste made from the leaves is used to treat herpes and measles. In Thai traditional medicine, the fruits are used to cure diarrhea with fever. In Southeast Asia leaves are used to treat scabies, and fruit for intestinal worms.

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Jeny Rose Rodriguez

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