Heart Plants

30The following Plants are believed to have medicinal properties for the treatment (or prevention) of heart-related ailments, hypertension and high blood pressure (HBP).

Update: 7-May-2020
Black Fungus (Auricularia polytricha), also known as Wood Ear mushroom or Tree Ear – clears clogged arteries. Read a personal testimonial here.

This is NOT an endorsement of the claimed medicinal properties of the plants cited below. You are invited to contribute your first-person account (or about someone you know personally) of the efficacy of these plants.

  • Snake Root (Rauvolfia serpentina)– treatment for high blood pressure and hypertension.
  • Jering (Archidendron jiringa) – believed to be a remedy for high blood pressure.
  • Hempedu Bumi (Andrographis paniculata– a decoction of leaves is taken to treat high blood pressure.
  • Putat (Barringtonia racemosa) – the young shoots are believed to be good against high blood pressure.
  • Ceylon Cinnamon, Kayu Manis (Cinnamomum verum) – the dried bark and twigs are used in combination with other medicinal plants to treat high blood pressure.
  • Sawtooth Coriander, Ketumbar (Eryngium foetidum) – a decoction of the whole plant is taken to lower blood pressure.
  • Ara (Ficus roxburghii) – an infusion of the leaves is taken for treating high blood pressure.
  • Asam Gelugur (Garcinia atroviridis) – the shoots are sometimes used to treat HBP.
  • Roselle, Asam Susur (Hibiscus sabdariffa) – the calyx is supposed to be able to lower blood pressure and decrease blood cholesterol.
  • Chinese ginger, Cekur (Kaempferia galanga) – the rhizome is used to treat HBP.
  • Water dropwort, Selom (Oenanthe javanica) – believed to have antihypertensive property.
  • Plantain, Ekor Anjing (Plantago major) – a decoction of the plant and seeds is taken to  relieve hypertension.
  • Petawali (Tinospora crispa) – stem and root extracts are used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Karapincha, curry leaf – the tea controls HBP and heart disease.
  • South African Leaves (Vernonia amygdalina)

Ref: Herbs of Malaysia (J.Samy, M. Sugumaran, Kate Lee) – Times Edition                   (ISBN 983-300-179-3) (except Karapincha).

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