The picture below is a dwarf version of tsaang gubat. Its true because it is a two year old bonsai plant. This plant is commonly found in the wild. They are often treated as nuisance or weed. Sometimes we used them as support for pole sitao and other vines. I was not giving attention to this herb before because I never knew that it is the tsaang gubat, one of the ten medicinal plants recommended by the Department of Health.
Promoting natural medicines is a rare government project. They give importance to expensive commercially available medicines.
Medicinal Properties of Tsaang Gubat (BPI):
1) The tea or leaf decoction is used as cure for stomach problems. For diarrhea with bloody discharge, and for dysentery.
2) Cough and fever cure.
3) The root is used in southern India for cachexia and syphilis. Maybe an antidote for vegetable poison.
4) Beneficial in secondary and constitutional syphilitic affections.