Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mayana 101: Its Amazing Healing Properties

Tagalog: Mayana
Scientific Names: Coleus blancoi, Coleus blumei Benth, Coleus blumei

Erect, branched, fleshy annual herb, about 1 m high. Stems, purplish and 4-angled. Leaves are blotched or colored, ovate, 5-10 cm long, with toothed margins. Flowers are purplish, numerous, in simple or branched inflorescence, 15-30 cm long.

Medicinal uses:
Bruises and sprains
Mild bleeding of wounds
Healing wounds
Weak lungs
Common colds and Flu
Skin Irritations and Allergies
Ear Infections
Cataract and Glaucoma*
Eye Infections and Irritations*
EENT Problems*
Asian traditional medicine for asthma, angina, bronchitis, epilepsy, insomnia, and various digestive problems.

*Also used as eyedrops for eye inflammation, sore eyes, cataract and glaucoma natural cure/prevention.

Introduced in the Philippines. Cultivated for ornamental purposes.

Volatile oils.

Parts used and preparation:
Seeds, bark, and wood.

PANLAPU - the amazing and miraculous herbal Eyedrops.
More details? Read it Here.

• Antimicrobial / Diterpenes:
Diastereomeric Diterpenes from Coleus blume: Study yielded a new abietane type diterpene that whowed antimicrobial activity against B subtilis, P aeruginosa and C albicans.
• Antioxidant:
Antioxidant Activity of Coleus Blumei, Orthosiphon Stamineus, Ocimum basilicum and Mentha arvensis from Lamiaceae Family: Study showed all methanol samples exhibited antioxidant activity and suggested that Lamiaceae plants has pharmaceutical potential for its antioxidant properties.
• Forskolin / Erectile Dysfunction:
Study has shown forskolin may enhance smooth muscle relaxation. Studies are needed to assess the use of coleus in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
• Anthelmintic:
Leaf extract showed high efficacy against Hymenolepsis nana (mice).
• Analgesic / Anti-Inflammatory / Antimicrobial:
Study isolated a mixture of sterols and triterpenes from the leaves of Coleus blumei. The isolates exhibited analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. The study also isolated capesterol, a-amyrin and b-amyrin.

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