Niyog-niyogan – Scientific name: Quisqualis indica L.

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English: Burma cruper, Chinese honeysuckle
Tagalog: Niyog-niyogan

Large climbing shrub. Leaves are oblong and opposite, rounded at the base. Flowers tubular and fragrant, white to purpish orange, in clusters on the same stalk. Narrow 5-angled dried frui, resembling coconuts in taste.

Fruits measuring 35-40 mm ; seeds shaped like the fruit-shell, measuring 12-15 mm.

Distribution
Grows widely in thickets. The seeds are easily propagated.

Parts utilized
Seeds (dried nuts) and leaves.

Medicinal uses
Antihelminthic: Dried seeds preferable for deworming.
Adults: Dried nuts-chew 8 to 10 small- to medium-sized dried nuts two hours after a meal, as a single dose, followed by a half glass of water. If fresh nuts are used, chew only 4-5 nuts. Hiccups occur more frequently with the use of fresh nuts.
Children: 3-5 years old: 4-5 dried nuts; 6 – 8 years old: 5-6 dried nuts; 9-12 years old: 6-7 dried nuts.
Caution: Adverse reactions – diarrhea, abdominal pain, distention and hiccups more likely if nuts are eaten in consecutive days or when fresh nuts are eaten.

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Others
Roasted seeds for diarrhea and fever.
Pounded leaves externally for skin diseases.
Decoction of boiled leaves used for dysuria.


6 thoughts on “Niyog-niyogan – Scientific name: Quisqualis indica L.

  1. maia

    pls post several pictures of this herb so I can distinguish them when walking about…question is: is this wild? thank you. I hope my email can be notified when you have the info here in this page already:)
    thanks a lot for these info btw!

  2. Ramon Caluttung

    I live in Ilocos Norte and would like to plant in my backyard the following plants/trees:
    1. Persimmon
    2. Banaba
    3. Niyog-niyogan
    4. Bignay

    Can I get these plants from the department of agriculture or which nurseries sells them.

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