Medicinal Uses of Betel Pepper (Ikmo)

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Ikmo or betel pepper is a small, climbing vine that is usually used for medicinal purposes. Leaves are usually Oblong- elliptic, while its  flowers are  often seen in a bunch in one of the stems. It often inhabits  the lowlands of Luzon. Its leaves can be chewed-on like Nganga.

WHAT ARE THE NUTRIENTS AND CHEMICALS  THAT WE CAN ACQUIRE FROM IKMO?

The Ikmo plant can be a source of various nutrients and chemicals that can be used for medicinal purposes.

Betel oil can be extracted from the leaves. The oil contains chemicals such as; chavicol, betelphenol,eugenol, allyl pyrocatechin, terpene, cineol ,caryophyllene, cadinene, and menthone.

The plant also contains hydroxychavicol, hydroxychavicol acetate, allypyrocatechol, chavibetol, piperbetol, methylpiperbetol, piperol A and piperol B.

WHAT ARE THE PARTS THAT CAN BE USED AS MEDICINE, AND HOW DO YOU UTILIZE IT?

The leaves are often minced and reduced into oil. It can also be chewed-on like “nganga” or “moma”. The leaves can also be oiled and applied to problem areas. It can also be used as a tea.

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS AND ILLNESS THAT CAN BE TREATED BY IKMO? 

Wounds.

Ikmo can be utilized as a wound healer if minced and applied to the area where the wound is located.

Constipation.

The oil can be applied on the stomach and the person can drink Ikmo tea.

Flatulence.

The oil can be applied on the stomach.

Breathing difficulties.

Leaves smothered in oil can be applied on the chest area where the lungs are.

Diphtheria.

The oil can be gargled to ease the pain.

Headache.

Leaves can be applied to the temples and the forehead.

Eczema.

Minced leaves can be applied to the problem area.

Bad Breath.

Chew on the leaves of Ikmo.

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