MEDINA Alysicarpus vaginalis (alyce clover)
Net weight 1 1/2 oz
Is one of the most popular of all Afro Caribbean herbs, especially so in Jamaica where it is commonly used to combat a variety of ailments but it is probably best known of all as an aphrodisiac and as a booster for male virility. Used as a tonic for colic, cold & fever, pain and inflammatory disease.
Direction : 1 tablespoon to 12 oz water, shakes, fruit juices, porridge, can be sprinkled on foods , vegetable, ecc.
Medina is an evergreen plant that thrives all year round in the islands topical climate. The plant grows throughout many forested areas on the island and its leaves are harvested from the wild.
Other Scientific Names
- Alysicarpus nummularifolius (L.) DC.
- Hedysarum vaginale L.
International Common Names
- English: alyceclover; buffalo clover; oneleaf clover; one-leaf clover
- Spanish: Trebol alicia
- French: Alysicarpus
- Chinese: lian jia dou
Local Common Names
- Bahamas: false moneywort
- Cuba: maní cimarrón
- Indonesia: brobos (Javanese); gudé oyod (Javanese); tebalan (Javanese)
- Italy: trifoglio d’Alice
- Malaysia: akar seleguri
- Myanmar: than-ma-naing-kyauk-ma-naing
- Philippines: banig-usa (Tagalog); mani-manian (Tagalog)
- Puerto Rico: yerba de contrabando
- Thailand: thua lisongna
- Vietnam: cây me dât; cây the the
A. vaginalis is used in Ayurvedic medicine in southeast Asia (Hanelt et al., 2001), and in folk medicine a decoction of the species’ roots has been reportedly used to treat coughs in Java, while in Vietnam an infusion of powdered seeds is used against dysentery and colics (Duke, 1981; Halim and Pengelly, 1992). In China the whole plant has been used medicinally for treating sword wounds and bone fractures (Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2014). Nutritionally, A. vaginalis has been reported to contain the equivalent nutritive value to superfood alfalfa (Medicago sativa) (Duke, 1981).