Bird's Nest LeafFriday, November 20, 2009
For those who know Chinese characters, then you could probably read on the leaves the word '人' or man (in dark green). In Cantonese this herbal plant is commonly called yin wo yip (Bird's Nest Leaf). Its botanic name is Polygonum Chinense.
According to some people, this plant is good for the lungs (just like the real bird's nest!). Just pluck some stalks and boil them in water. Drink it regularly and the medicinal properties would help to clear all the impurities. It seems that it could also heal gastric if consumed three days in a row. Well, is there anyone who could confirm this?
Other than that it is also said that the plant juice could be used to treat eye diseases; a decotion of the plant could cure ear eczema and its poultice when applied to the abdomen could heal stomachache. The plant is also known to have anti-inflammatory and dispelling worms properties. Hence it is an important Chinese medicinal herb.
Some of the leaves tend to become less green and a little red and have tiny flowers as the plant grows older.
I find that this plant likes the sun but needs lots of water to survive.
Happy planting medicinal herb plants!