MEDICINAL USES OF SAMBONG
To use sambong for headache, simply heat enough fresh leaves over a fire until slightly
wilted. Then pound the leaves a little and place on the forehead and temples. A cloth
bandage may also be used to keep the leaves in place. Change the dressing every four
hours when needed.
For gaseous distention
Gaseous distention is caused by excessive air in the stomach. It is produced by
swallowing air, indigestion or eating too much gas-forming foods like rootcrops and
For these simple cases of gaseous distention, boil 1 tablespoon of crushed dried (or 1
tablespoon chopped fresh) leaves of sambong in 1 glass of water for 15 minutes. Strain
and drink and boiled mixture while lukewarm. For children, follow the same steps but
use only ½ tablespoon leaves.
How to plant sambong
Sambong is best propagated using plantlets. Plantlets are the “baby plants” that grow
around the base of the mother plant. A plantlet with at least three leaves can be
separated carefully from the mother plant and planted right away in a pot or plastic bag.
A plantlet must be planted with its roots.
Harvesting and storing
It is best to harvest only the mature and healthy leaves. Make sure though that the
plant is left with enough leaves to survive. If you wish, you may harvest excess leaves
and air-dry them for storing. Air-drying takes about four days on warm weather or about
two weeks during the rainy season. Leaves are sufficiently dry if they crumble when
crusted with the fingers.
Dried leaves should be sealed in plastic bag or kept in covered tinted glass jar. Keep
leaves in cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight to extend their storage life.
Source: Phil. Council for Health Research and Development (DOST)