Niyog-niyogan – Scientific name: Quisqualis indica L.

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.

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.

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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