Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Pansit-Pansitan (Peperomia pellucida Linn.) a.k.a. Ulasiman-Bato

Pansit-pansitan (family of Piperaceae) is an herbal name also known as Ulasiman-bato, olasiman-ihalas & tangon-tangon in the Philippines. English name: peperomia. It is a small herb that grows from 1 to 1 1/2 feet. Pansit-pansitan can be found wild on lightly shaded and damp areas such as nooks, walls, yards and even roofs. Pansit-pansitan has heart shaped leaves, succulent stems with tiny flowers on a spike. When matured, the small fruits bear one seed which fall of the ground and propagate.

The leaves of pansit pansitan are edible. It can be harvested, washed and eaten as fresh salad.

Pansit-pansitan is used as an herbal medicine for the treatment:
• Gout
• Skin boils, abscesses, pimples
• Headache
• Abdminal pains.
• kidney problems.
also good for abdominal pains and kidney problems.

Procedure and use:
• For headaches, heat a couple of leaves in hot water, bruise the surface and apply on the forehead
• The decoction of leaves and stalks is also good for abdominal pains and kidney problems.
• Like any herbal medicine it is not advisable to take any other medication in combination with any herbs.
• Consult with a medical practitioner knowledgeable in herbal medicine before any treatment.