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Alugbati Benefits

by Eduardo Matocin on August 21, 2012

Alugbati Benefits

Scientific name: Basella rubra Linn

English: Malabar Night Shade

Alugbati Benefits

A succulent, branched, smooth, twining herbaceous vine, several meters in length. Stems are purplish or green. Leaves are fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped, 5 to 12 cms long, stalked, tapering to a pointed tip with a cordate base. Spikes are axillary, solitary, 5-29 cm long. Fruit is fleshy, stalkless, ovoid or spherical, 5-6 mm long, and purple when mature.

Properties

Demulcent, diuretic, emollient, laxative, rubefacient.

Distribution

Found in settled and cultivated areas, in hedges.

Application

Common market product, a popular leafy and stew vegetable, a good substitute for spinach. The green and purple cultivated varieties are preferable to the wild ones.

Both the young shoots and stems are eaten. Excellent source of calcium and iron; good source of vitamins A, B, and C, with a high roughage value. Roots are employed as rubefacient. Poultice of leaves used to reduce local swelling. Sap is applied to acne eruptions to reduce inflammation. Decoction of leaves used for its mild laxative effects.

Pulped leaves applied to boils and ulcers to hasten suppuration. Sugared juice of leaves useful for catarrhal afflictions. Leaf-juice, mixed with butter, is soothing and colling when applied to burns and scalds.

Alugbati Benefits

 Botany

Alugbati is a succulent, branched, smooth, twining herbaceous vine, several meters in length. Stems are purplish or green. Leaves are somewhat fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped,

28 Comments

welcome...

19 months ago

A very delicious and nutritious food I like alugbati...It's common in the market, Philippines.

19 months ago

Really delicious not only that it's a full of Vit.

19 months ago

great post

19 months ago

Thanks for the comment...welcome to ad comment to my other blog post...

19 months ago

Not only delicious but also nutritious very nice Alugbati...

19 months ago

You're very correct, welcome....

19 months ago

I like this herb.. maraming ganito sa aming probinsya, masarap ihalo sa sa anumang klase ng beans.. NIce sharing bro...

19 months ago

Correct not only that but there are many nutrients within this vegetable that needs our body for healthy living..

19 months ago

Alugbati a day keeps doctor away...happy living...

17 months ago

I love this vegetables, thanks for sharing very informative post...

17 months ago

tHANKS FOR VISIT WELCOME AND ENJOY HAPPY BLOGGING...

16 months ago

Your welcome.....

16 months ago

Thanks...

16 months ago

I like eating it malunggay leaves and camote tops just cook it with fried fish.

17 months ago

Thanks Cristeta for visit welcome and enjoy...

15 months ago

I love eating vine spinach (alugbati).. almost everyday

16 months ago

Thanks Joelito for visit welcome and enjoy....happy blogging...

15 months ago

Thanks for liking...

15 months ago

Thanks for liking...

14 months ago