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Health Benefits of Niyog Niyogan

Also known as Chinese honeysuckle, Rangoon Creeper and Quiscual, Niyog-niyogan is a large climbing, woody shrub that is native in Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines that grows up to 20 feet with rounded leaves and fragrant and colorful flowers of white, red, reddish purple, pink red to orange. It also has an edible fruit with black seeds.

Niyog-niyogan is a popular medicinal herb in the Philippines for its deworming properties. Its seeds are dried and taken orally to expel Intestinal Worms and Parasites. However, it also causes adverse reactions such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, distension and hiccups especially if the seeds are eaten consecutively.

Aside from this, Niyog-niyogan fruits help ease nephritis or inflammation of the kidneys. It is boiled and applied externally to treat skin ulcers and boils. Its leaves are applied to the head to help relieve headaches. Its fruits can be roasted and eaten for treating diarrhea and fever. It can also be made into tea to relieving dysuria or pain while urinating. Lately, Niyog-niyogan is also believed to help suppress the growth of tumor or anticancer. Decoctions of its roots are also to relieve rheumatism while its fruits are used to relieve toothaches. Other uses of niyog-niyogan which are still under study included its antioxidant properties, Anti-Acetylcholinesterase inhibition, Larvicidal Activity, antipyretic activity, Anti-Inflammatory, Immunomodulatory and Analgesic / Anticonvulsant properties.

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