Scientific name:

Gracilaria compressa, gelidium corneum.

Also known as:

Agar-agar, Ceylon moss, guraman, gurguraman, kanten



Constipation- strain mucilaginous decoction and take extracted jelly.

Diarrhea- strain mucilaginous  decoction , add enough water to prevent jelling and take as needed.

Food- blanch entire plant and eat as salad.


Active component:

Gelose, protein, fat, carbohydrates, galactose, fructose, pentose, iodine.


Source: National Formulary





Luzon: Kalabong, Kalimumog, Katdalugod, Maragued, Mara-mara,

Taglokot, Talibunog, Tst, Tsaang-gubat, Tsa-tsa

Visayas: Alibungog, Semente

Mindanao: Alangitngit, Alingitngit, Buyo-buyo


Tsaang-gubat is a low, woody plant with several stems. It is grown as ornamental or bonsai because of its attractive appearance. Its leaves are small and have dark, green and shiny upper surface. Tsaang-gubat is indicated or used primarily for diarrhea. But it is also advised for stomachache and colic.




A person has diarrhea or LBM (Loose Bowel Movement) when his stool is soft to watery and when he has to move his bowels more often than two times in one day. To treat diarrhea using Tsaang-gubat, follow these steps:


1. Determine the amount of Tsaang-gubat leaves to use. The amount of leaves to use varies according to the age of patient and the condition of leaves, as follows:


Condition of leaves

Age of patient Dried (crushed) Fresh (chopped)

Adult 10 tbsp. 12 tbsp.

7-12 years 5 tbsp. 6 tbsp.

2-6 years 2½ tbsp. 3 tbsp.


2. Boil corrent amount of leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 minutes.


3. Let cool, then strain and divide into 4 parts.


4. Take 1 part every two hours (until stool becomes solid).


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