Pycnarrhena elliptica Diels
Pycnarrhena manillensis is a scandent, dioecious shrub growing up to several metres tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for a range of local medicinal uses.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Thickets and forests at elevations from sea-level up to 1,600 metres[
The powdered roots are taken internally as a tonic[
]. They are also considered abortifacient, emmenagogue, febrifuge and vulnerary[
]. An infusion is considered helpful for women in parturition, whilst the roots are also used to cure cholera and other intestinal diseases[
]. They are said to be useful in treating fever [
The roots are a very effective cicatrizant and are also claimed to be an excellent vulnerary[
]. They are used externally to treat snake bites and skin ulcers[
]. A warm infusion is used as a vaginal wash after childbirth[
The plant yields six alkaloids: Pycnarrhine, ambaline and ambalininine (non-phenolic); pycnaminde, pycnarrhinine, pycnarrhenamine (phenolic)[
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.