Benefits of Makabuhay Decoction, TINOSPORA RUMPHII

Makabuhai / makabuhay, the common Tagalog name; means, “to give life”. According to BPI, it is a climbing; dioeciously vine reaching a height of 4 to 10 meters. The stems are up to 1 centimeter thick and somewhat fleshy, with scattered protuberances. The leaves are thin, ovate, 6 to 12 centimeters in length and 7 to 12 centimeters in width, with pointed and truncate or somewhat cordate base, smooth and shining. The petioles are 3.5 to 6 centimeters long. The racemens are solitary or in pairs arising from the axils of fallen leaves, pale green, slender, 10 to 20 centimeters long. The flowers are pale green, and short-pedicelled. The fruit is 7 to 8 millimeters long.

This vine is considered as a universal medicine. It is the most popular of local medicinal plants. It has the following uses:

  1. It is commonly prescribed as an aqueous extract in the treatment of stomach trouble, indigestion, and diarrhea.
  2. It is the basis of a popular preparation, which is used as a cordial, a tonic, or an ingredient in cocktails.
  3. It is also an effective remedy in the treatment of tropical ulcers.
  4. In powder form, it is prescribed in fevers. A preparation with coconut oil is an effective cure for rheumatism and also for flatulence of children, kabag.
  5. A decoction of the stem is considered an effective cure if used as a wash for tropical ulcers.
  6. The decoction or powder from is used as a febrifuge, or lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever.
  7. The decoction of the stem is also an excellent vulnerary for itches, ordinary and cancerous wounds.
  8. Guerrero reports that internally it is used as tonic and antimalaria; externally as a parasiticide.

How to Prepare

  1. The preparation is made by chopping the makabuhai stem into pieces of 1 or 2 inches long,
  2. Place them in a jar with coconut oil, and cook them under the sun.
  3. Age for one year before using.

24 Replies to “Benefits of Makabuhay Decoction, TINOSPORA RUMPHII”

  1. hello po. ano po bang effect ng makabuhay plants sa mga black ants? meron po ba/ if ever meron po pwede kong malaman? ahehe. yun po kasi ang SIP ko. thank you po! 🙂

  2. Mdami din po kming tanim n mkbuhay.kung cno po gustong tumulong para mkgawa ng tablet nang mkabuhay tawagan nyo lng po aq.09265404807

  3. Makabuhay herbal medicine – Health Benefits

    Makabuhay leaves, Makabuhay roots, stems and leaves are used as herbal treatment for fevers, Malaria. Makabuhay leaves and roots are pounded then dissolved in cold water. Applied with a soft cloth over the nape, forehead, underarms and other body parts to bring down the body temperature.
    Most of the medicinal uses and health benefits of Makabuhay listed are based on traditional beliefs and practices.
    Makabuhay poultice is used to treat gout, arthritis, and rheumatism by reducing pain and edema.
    Makabuhay is used to treat skin diseases (athlete’s foot, scabies, etc.), promotes wound healing and alleviate skin itching.
    makabuhay poutice Makabuhay tonic is believed to promote overall good health and longevity, improves memory, improves skin tone and texture, and provides energy.
    Makabuhay tonic is also used to treat fever and malaria.
    Makabuhay tonic is used to treat gastrointestinal and digestive problems, which includes diarrhea, hyperacidity, abdominal pains, gas pains (kabag), vomiting, dyspepsia, dysentery, colitis, constipation, loss of appetite and even worm infestation.
    Makabuhay is also used in the treatment of diabetes, heart problems, hepatitis, anemia, impotence, tuberculosis, jaundice,

    Makabuhay, herbal medicine preparation

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    Makabuhay tea or tonic preparation:

    gather fresh Makabuhay leaves and stems,
    cut in small pieces
    wash with fresh water
    boil 50 grams of Makabuhay leaves to a liter of water
    let it seep for 10 minutes
    remove from heat
    drink while warm up to 2 cups a day.

    Makabuhay poultice

    gather fresh leaves, stems and roots
    wash with fresh clean water
    pound in a mortar
    grounded leaves and stems may be applied or a juice extract may be used
    other herbs and coconut oil may also be mixed.
    Applied directly onto the affected area.

    Makabuhay decoction

    A spoonful of dried leaves and thinly chopped stems are boiled in a cup of water. Drink one cup per day.

  4. good day mam/ sir can i get the name of the author of this research. this research help me a lot in preparing and information about this plant thank you

  5. good day mam can i get the author’s name of this research for my review of literature. this research help me a lot in preparing of this plant thank you maam

        1. I have a lot of stock of makabuhay. just contact me for your order 09397736376, 09461349131. my name is bernard fiedacan. thanks. and gud pm

          1. Sir bernard can i order makabuhay steam ung fresh??pano ko po xa makukuha asap po sana.. Kahit magdagdag ako ng bayad.. Tnx

          2. Hi. Mr Bernard. I would like to ask more about this makabuhay. I’m from singapore. How can I contact you through wechat or WhatsApp?

    1. hi angel gud pm. my name is bernard. I am a producer of macabuhay. if you need a stock of it you can avail it at Php 100/ kilo dried stem or fresh stem at your option.thanks gud pm.

  6. We can find that out if our proposal is going to be approved but the panelists said that we need to seek for information that will relate makabuhay to blood clotting.

    Thanks anyway! 🙂

  7. Good day! I am a high school student and we are working on a proposal for our Science Investigatory Project.
    I would like to ask if you have information about the use of makabuhay extract for blood clotting.

    1. @diana – makabuhay plant are reported to heal skin wounds or open wounds but the healing mechanism is unknown. Maybe you can able to find out if it heals wound by speeding up blood clotting.

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