Recently, my friend asked me about kulitis. I thought it was a “kulitiw” an eye disease characterized by inflammation of eyelid. Then she emphasized that her Chinese boss is looking for it because the said kulitis is a claimed kidney stone cure.
After few minutes of googling, I found out that kulitis is uray or amaranth, The thorny weed that causes scratches on my feet and legs every time I go to my Dad’s farm. Other name of kulitis are as follows:
Local names: Akum (Mag.); alayon (If.); ayantoto (Pamp.); baoan (Bon.); bayambang (Tag.); gitin-giting (Sul.); harum (Bis.); kalitis (Bis.); kalunai (Ilk.); kilitis (Tag., Bik.); kuanton (Ilk.); kuantung (Iklk.); kulitis (P. Bis.); oort (Tag.); orai (Tag.); tadtad (Bon.); talkuda (Sul.); tilitis (Bis.); urai (Tag.); uri (Tag.); thorny Amaranth (Engl.).
I hate this thorny weed but the young plant is good for stews, sinigang and other dishes. Choose young uray with no thorns. Discard thorny plants.
This weed has a lot of Medicinal Uses. Listing courtesy of BPI.
- Decoction of the root is useful in the treatment of gonorrhoea. A common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra.
- Bruised leaves are used locally for eczema. Generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages.
- Plant is used as a sudorific and febrifuge and is recommended in eruptive fevers.
- Used as an antidote for snake-poison and as a lactagogue (enhance production of mother’s breastmilk).
- The plant is used as an expectorant and to relieve breathing in acute bronchitis.
- The root is known elsewhere as an effective diuretic. It is also useful in treatment of menorrhagia, an abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation; can be a symptom of uterine tumors and can lead to anemia if prolonged.