Alim herbal medicine






Croton multiglandulosa Reinw.

Rottlera multiglandulosa Blume

Mallotus moluccanus Muell.-Arg.

Adelia monoica Blanco

Melanolepsis moluccana Pax. & Hoffm.

Mallotus calcosus Muell.-Arg.


Local names: Aem (Ting.); ahem (Iv.); alem (Ilk.); alim (Tag., P. Bis.); alum (Bik., Tagb., P. Bis., Sul., Mag.); arum (P. Bis.); aling (Bik.); ayum-ayum (Sbl.); girangan (Tagb.); pakalkal (Tag.).


Alim is very common in thickets and second-growth forests at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines. It also occurs in Indo-China to Formosa, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Marianne Islands.


This plant is a shrub or small tree 4 to 10 meters in height, often having a velvety appearance because of numerous, stellate hairs. The leaves are large, orbicular-ovate, 10 to 25 centimeters long, very broad and heart-shaped at the base, pointed at the tip, and often deeply three- to five-lobed, with coarsely toothed margins. The flowers are greenish-yellow. The fruit (capsule) is about 7 millimeters each way, is smooth and consists of 2 or 3 parts.


According to Guerrero, the bark and leaves, when slightly heated and applied to the skin, are used as a sudorific.

Burkill says that in Malaya it is used as a poultice for scurf. Heyne states that in decoction it is used as a vermifuge.

Source: BPI

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