Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Calanthe
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Orchids are common ingredient found in most ladies’ perfume, but had you wonder what are their real properties other than using in perfume? Below are some orchids that have therapeutic uses:
Calanthe mannii Hook. f.
Local Name: Xihuaxiaji Lan
This plant can be found in dense, broad-leaved evergreen forests such as in the Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, China, Vietnam and Kyushu Island in Japan. It is used as a herb in Chinese medicine to treat stomach heat, scrofula and abscess.
Calanthe masuca (D. Don) Lindl.
Chinese names: Changjuxiaji Lan, Zihuaxiaji Lan, Shankala, Shanzhizhu
Myanmar Name: Thazin gyi myo kywe
Nepali Name: Pakha phul
This plant can be obtained mainly in China. The entire plant can be used to reduces swellings, repairing wounded tissues or even toxins. It is also being use for abscesses, where foreign bodies are not surgically removed.
Paste is made from the plant’s stem to treat dislocated bones in Nepal!
Calanthe plantaginea Lindl.
In Nepal, the tubers of the plants are harvested, dried and being made into powder form which is mixed with milk to be consumes as a tonic.
Calanthe puberula Lindl.
Chinese names: Lianexiaji Lan, Fanjuangenjie Lan, Juanegenjie Lan, Lianyexiaji Lan, Jiaxiaji Lan, Xiangsixiaji Lan, Zigenjie Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Lianexiaji Lan
This plant can be easily found in Japan! This whole plant is being used as herb in the Chinese Medicine to treat itchy sores, running sores and it helps improves individual flow of blood and also reduce pain.
Calanthe tricarinata Lindl.
Chinese name: Sanlengxiaji Lan
Chinese medicinal name: Jiuzilianhuancao
There are many therapeutic properties for this plant.
China à roots are used to make muscles and joint relax, helps remove wind and stop bleeding. So, it is commonly used to treat stomach ache, lumbar muscle degeneration.
Nepal à leaves were made into paste to treat wounds or eczema and pseudobulbs are valued as aphrodisiacs (a food that stimulates sexual desire).
Himalayaà roots are being used to treat jaundice, a yellow discolouration of skin due to large amount of bilirubin.
Calanthe triplicata (Willimet) Ames
Chinese names: Sanzhexiaji Lan, Baihe Lan, Shishangjiao, Roulianhuan, Paiwan.
Chinese medicinal name: Shishangjiao
Japanese name: Tsuru Ran
Thai name: Ueang Kao Tog
In Taiwan, the roots of the plant were use as herbs to treat backache, rheumatism and traumatic injuries.
The roots of the plants have the properties to reduce swollen hands, toothaches, diarrhoea whereas the flower of the plant can treat toothache only.
Calanthe vestita Wall ex Lindl.
Thai name: Khao Malila
Myanmar name: Thazin gyi ahphyu
Crushed bulbs are rubbed over aching bones of people suffering from rheumatism in Vietnam.
Photo credit: Naresh Swami photographs Orchids Of Sikkim Himalayas, BIGLOBE, Bhutan Biodiversity Portal, Wikimedia.