Dugtong-ahas is a woody vine.
Leaves are oblong or obovate-lanceolate, 7 to 10 cm long, pointed
at both ends. Flowers are small, white and clustered. Fruit is
very long and slender, 15-20 cm in length, smooth, narrowed between
seeds. Seeds are about a centimeter long, sharply pointed at
one end and crowned on the other end with numerous white hairs
about 2.5 cm long.
In thickets and
open forests at low and medium altitudes.
Bark, twigs, leaves.
The bark contains a caoutchouc,
8.5%, which may be mixed with a resin.
Long known and valued as a cicatrizant.
Cuts and lacerations:
Pound twigs and leaves and apply on affected parts.
Infusion of leaves taken internally as an emmenagogue, to facilitate
The bark, macerated in oil is an efficient vulnerary; also used internally
Decoction of the bark is drunk after childbirth to help shrink the uterus.
Decoction of the bark also used for dysentery and externally for wounds.
Referred to as "Balsamo de Cebu," prepared by cooking in coconut
oil a mixture of the root bark and branches of Parameria barbata.
In Indonesia, it is an ingredient of a
folk medicine called "Jamu" or" Kayu rapet," traditionally
used as an anti-ulcer or anti-diarrheal medicine and for treating wounds.
oil is valued as a cicatrizant; to prepare, macerate the bark in coconut
"Balsamo de Tagulaway" or Balsamo
de Cebu is prepared by cooking the root-bark and branches
of Parameria barbata in coconut oil to form a yellowish-white oily liquid
which is used for skin disease and wounds. (A. Pharm.,
• Phytochemicals / Bark Constituents: Studies
on the constituents of bark of Parameria laevigata moldenke:
One new trimeric proanthocyanadin and two new tetrameric proanthocyanidains
– parameritannin A-1 and parameritannin A-2 were isolated from
the bark of Parameria laevigata Moldenke.
• Jamu / Anti-thrombotic / Anti-arteriosclerotic:
P laevigata, one of many components in a study, was shown to have an