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Hiccoughs are an occasional side-effect, for which sugar or candy can be given as antidote. The hiccoughs are believed to be due to a metabolic reaction in the breakdown of the seed')' constituents. Researchers at the Philippine General Hospital suggest the use of dried nuts be· cause fresh nuts are associated with more hiccoughs. Diarrhea is an infrequent side effect. For some unexplained reason, the Chinese Pharmacopoeia says that niyog-niyugan seeds should never be taken with hot tea. Despite the problem of hicoughs, niyog-niyugan is still considered one of the safest herbal :'Inthelmintic~_ NOTE: Niyog-niyugan seeds can be found only from JWle to August.
Labomtory studies have shoMl it to have definite blood-clotting and vasoconstrictor propertis. It abo has depressant action on the central nervous system. The colored material, like many other plant dyes, has anti-bacterial properties. ) is used fOT diarrhea, chest and stomach pains, bacterial dysentery, dysmenorrhea and post pactum hemorrhage. Externany, it is used for wounds to stop the bleeding. CONTRAlNDICATIONS: The decoction should not be used by pregnant women. An interesting ob1CrYation is that sibukaw, in decoction, is used as a contraceptive in some part of the Philippines.
SUGGESTED PREPARATIONS AND USES Decoction of Tagulinaw - The whole plant is used, 6-15 gm. dried and 15-3080. fresh. It is used for enteritis, dysentery, and infections of the respiratory system. As a diuretic, it is used for infections of the urinary tract. ) Hassk. TINTA-TINTAHAN (Fig. ) Syn. Eclipta prostrata L. This is a common garden weed which leaves a black stain when the fresh leaves are crushed. It is used in folk medicine for wounds and for treating h~patitis. The plant contains tannin and a bitter principle.