Benefits and Uses of Taingang-daga, Oxalis repens Thumb

Taingan-daga, Oxalis repens Thumb, is a small, variable, prostrate herb, fairly covered with long, scattered hairs. The stems are creeping, grow up to 50 centimeters in length, and usually root at the nodes. The leaves are 3-foliolate, with their petiole 5 centimeters long or less. The leaflets are obcordate, 0.5 to 1.5 centimeters long, and stalkless. The flowers are yellow, one two several on each peduncle, subumbellately disposed, and nearly 1 centimeter long. The petals are obcordate. The capsules are hairy, subcylindric, and 1 to 1.8 centimeters long.



  • Leaves are used as an ingredient of the salad and are considered antiscorbutic.
  • The juice of the leaves is used also for cleansing wounds and for itches.
  • Decoction of the leaves is given to fevers in dysentery.
  • Considered cooling, refrigerant, antiscorbutic, astringent, appetizing, and useful in fevers and biliousness.
  • Relieve pain and other inflammatory symptoms.
  • The leaves, boiled in buttermilk and given 2-3 times a day, prove useful in chronic dysentery and enteritis.
  • The juice is held to be antidotal to mercurial and arsenical poisoning, as well as beneficial when applied to burns, insect and scorpion bites, and eruptions.
  • The leaves, with onion and salt, are used for stomachache, and the juice is taken for coughs.

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