Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Anoectochilus Blume
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There are a few popular orchids that such as Vanda Miss Joaquim that are well-loved by many. But there are many more orchids that provide us medicinal benefits such as the orchid genus - Anoectochilus Blume. Also known as Jianxianlan in Chinese medicinal record, it has around 40 species in the same genus across Southeast Asia.
Anoectochilus formosanus Hayata
It is considered a herb which produce leaves as they bend toward the sunlight. This plant can be found all over Taiwan in their forest or in bamboo stands and can also be found in Ryukyu Island.
The entire plant is used as a medicine for cooling the blood, to smooth the liver, as an antipyretic and for detoxiﬁcation. Furthermore, it is used to treat diabetes, bronchitis, kidney and bladder infections, cramps in children, snake bites and stomach ache.
Anoectochilus koshunensis Hayata
This orchid is also known as Gaoxiong Jinxian Lan and Heng chun jin xian lian in Chinese can be found in broad-leaved forests in the central and southern parts of Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands
This entire plant is also used as a medicine with the similar benefits from the above-mentioned plant.
Anoectochilus reinwardtii Blume
The Iban and Kelabit tribes of Borneo use the orchid to treat infertility. They believed that woman will conceive if the leaves of the plant are placed under their sleeping mat.
This plant can be found in Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Maluku.
Anoectochilus roxburghii (Wall.) Lindl
In Sri Lankan it is call Wanna rajah, while in Taiwan it is known to be Yaowang. This plant is commonly used in Taiwan and Fujian to treat hepatitis, hypertension, cancer, tuberculosis, fever, snake bites and even slow development in children. Moreover, its stems and leaves are often included in medicinal oils of India.
Photo credits: E.S. Teoh, Peter O’Byrne and Xi′an Qingshuo Import and Export Trade Co., Ltd.