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Cratva Religiosa

USES.—It is in common use in India as a tonic and stomachic. It seems also to possess laxative and diuretic properties.

NOM. VULG.—Salig̃bobog, Tag.; Balay-namuk, Iloc.

USES.—It is in common use in India as a tonic and stomachic. It seems also to possess laxative and diuretic properties. In Concan the juice of the leaves mixed with cocoanut oil is used as a liniment in rheumatism.

INFUSION.— Leaves, fresh 50 grams.

Water 500 grams.

DOSE.—50–100 grams a day as a tonic or stomachic.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION.—A shrub 15–20° high with compound trifoliate leaves with long petioles; leaflets lanceolate, acuminate, smooth, dark green. Calyx of 4 imbricated sepals. Corolla of 4 unguiculate petals, between white and straw color, 1′ long. Stamens indefinite, violet-colored. Ovary unilocular, manyovuled.

Berry spherical with many seeds buried in pulp.

HABITAT.—Blanco has seen the plant growing in Ilocos and Imus.

Reference book: The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

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