Rain is falling again. The leaves of our rambutan tree began to grow again. Other plants and grasses are regaining vigor as well. One of the fast growers is the mutha or nut grass. You will notice them growing after two to three days of occasional rain.
Mutha is a very persistent grass. Pulling them off is not enough to eradicate them. Their roots and tubers are able to grow back again. They are unwanted in farms because they are fast growing and can steal considerable amount of soil nutrients. On the other hand, they are still beneficial to humans as herbal medicine.
The tuberous rhizome is slightly fragrant and according to Chopra it contains essential oil. The fragrance resembles lemon and cardamom.
The tubers are used as perfume for clothing and as a means to repel insects. It might also repel mosquitoes.
The tubers contain fat, sugar, gum and carbohydrates, albuminous matter starch, fiber and ash, and traces of an alkaloid.
Can be used to treat dysentery – an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea.
The roots are used medicinally as a diaphoretic, astringent, stimulant, tonic, diuretic, and demulcent. Diaphoretic is a substance that induce perspiration. Demulcent is a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin.
As vermifuge and emmenagogue. Vermifuge is a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms. Emmenagogue – agent that promotes menstrual discharge.
The tubers are used also as a tonic, stimulant, and a stomachic (in China).
The fresh tubers are applied to the breast in the form of paste or warm plaster as a galactagogue; and that, when dried, they are applied to spreading ulcers. Galactagogue – agent that induce milk production.
In Indo-China they are given to women in childbirth and to infants for digestion.
The tubers are used for liver complaints with icterus, for malaria, for headaches and urinary disorders.
medicinal properties are compiled by bureau of plant and industry