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Taiwan unveils new orchid species for use as chinese medicine

The Council of Agriculture (COA) on Wednesday unveiled a new orchid species for use in traditional Chinese medicine, saying it took eight years to breed and contains high levels of polysaccharides that are good for people in chemotherapy.

The Golden Emperor Number 1, a crossbreed between Dendrobium tosaense and Dendrobium stem, contains more polysaccharides than the premium orchid species Dendrobium huoshanense that originated in China’s Anhui Province, the council said.

Polysaccharides play a role in stimulating the immune system and can aid the recovery of patients in chemotherapy, said Wen Chi-luan, a research assistant at the council’s Taiwan Seed Improvement and Propagation Station. Continue reading

Yakon, a sweet vegetable root that’s natural cure for ailments

Yakon is a sweet root vegetable that is thought to be a natural cure for a lot of physical ailments.

Ruben Villanueva, the man who introduced yakon in Quezon City, said in an interview that way back in 2002, he doubted if it would sell because it was virtually an unknown commodity.

But many people also claim it is rich in medicinal ingredients that are very effective in healing diabetes, high blood, constipation and intestinal pains.

One real heartwarming story behind yakon is the miraculous turn of events that happened to Villanueva’s son. Continue reading

Dragon fruit, an all-cure natural healer?

Ever heard of a fruit that enhances metabolism, improves memory, digestion and immune system?

Although not popularly known to Filipinos before its introduction in the 90s, dragon fruit, commonly known as “saniata” or “pitahaya” from Central and South America has several uses, according to original Dragon Lady propagator Editha Dacuycuy’s daughter, Nini.

Dacuycuy, an outstanding rural woman and an awardee for high value crops, said during the recent “National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development Summit”, organized by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Interior and Local Government spoke of dragon fruit’s several benefits. Continue reading