Thursday, 17 July 2014


 The kemuning or orange jasmine plant (murraya paniculata) that I have in my garden is in a pot.  Even the two in the Herb Garden are only shrubs.  Little did I know that this plant can grow into a tall tree.  I saw this at the grounds of the Jade Emperor Temple in Tambun.  The tree was filled with flowers in bloom and when the wind blew, all who went there were able to smell the fragrance of the flowers.  No wonder that in

Chinese it is known as 'kow lei heong' 九里香 (fragrance reaching 9 miles).
This plant is used in traditional medicine.

    In Malaysia, a decoction of the leaves is used for toothache, and to get rid of tapeworms.
    n Singapore, an infusion of leaves forms part of the treatment for ailments of generative organs of young women
    In traditional Chinese medicine, a decoction of the leaves is prescribed for bruises, chronic dysentery, stomach ache, swellings, skin ailments, pains in the body and skin irritations
    Leaves are used as a tonic, to cure toothache and herpes and to expel tapeworms in Malaysia; as a stimulant in Indonesia; to increase the menstrual flow and to treat diarrhea and dysentery in the Philippines; and for fever and dysentery in Indochina. The fruits and bark are sometimes also used medicinally
    Leaves are used in traditional medicines to treat stomach ache, toothache, dysentery and bruises.

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