Friday, November 4, 2011
Scientific name: Casuarina equisetlifolia L. Cauanrinaceae
A large evergreen tree, 20 m high, with a 65-cm diameter. The crown is narrowly pyramidal resembling some of the conifers in appearance. The bark is brown to dark brown and rough. The inner bark is light in color and has a bitter taste. The leaves are actually reduced to small sheaths on the needle-like branchlets. It is commonly found throughout the Philippine but it can also be found in other Southeast Asian countries as well as in Australia.
A decoction of the bark, when taken in large doses, is used as an agent that promotes menstrual discharge and alleviates menstrual pains. It is helpful in expectorating blood from some part of the respiratory tract and also an excellent astringent.
The bark is used to arrest diarrhea and dysentery; it's lotion used for beriberi; a powder of the bark is prescribed for pimples on the face.
An infusion of the bark is used as a tonic.
A decoction of the twigs is used as a lotion for swellings; an infusion of the branches is used as a diuretic ( an agent that tends to increase the flow of urine).
The leaves are used for colic spasm, obstruction or twisting or abdominal pain.
The bark is used to ease diarrhea and dysentery. The powder of the bark is prescribed for pimples in the face.
THOUGH THE CONTENT OF THIS BLOG HAD BEEN TRIED & TESTED AND HAD BEEN USED
AS FOLK/HERBAL MEDICINE IT IS STILL BEST TO CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE