Monday, July 7, 2014

Kampanilya - Halamang Gamot / Herbal Medicine

 Scientific name: Allamandra cathartica L.
English: Yellow bell
Tagalog: Kampanilya







Vigorous vine, smooth, slightly hairy. Leaves are opposite, in whorls, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, 8 ro 12 cms longs, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, pointed on both ends. The flowers are yellow and short-stalked. Calyx teeth are lanceolate green.


Distribution
Cultivated as ornamental garden plant. Also found wild in thickets near settlements.

Parts utilized:
Leaves and bark.

Properties
Purgative, cathartic with hydrogogue effect.
The whole plant is reported to be poisonous.

Uses
  • Infusion of leaves for colic; also purgative and emetic.
  • Decoction of leaves in small doses used as antidote for poisoning.
  • Decocotion of bark in decoction, in small doses, has a cathartic and hydrogogue effect. In large doses, the bark and latex are poisonous.
  • Extract of leaves used for colic and as laxative; in large doses causes diarrhea and vomiting.