Herbal Beverages - Buabok

Buabok (Ariatic pennywort)

Scientific Name:Centella asiatic (L.) Urb.

Family:UMBELLIFERAE

Other names:Pakwaen (The Southern Part, Chantabrui, The Eastern Part) Pak nork (The Northern Part) Panahaekhadhao (Karen-Mae Hongsorn) Tiakamchao Hukkuk (Chinese)

Botanical features:

TrunkA short – life cycle plant easily grows on wet soil. Roots grow on the plant’s joints from which leaves straightly develop.

Leaves The leaves of Buabok plant are in a single form with long stems and a kindney shape. At the base of each leaf, there is a deep curve. Leaves are jagged around in a triangular form.

Blossoms umbrella – like blossoms are growing form 2-3 joints consisting of 3-4 flowers. Each flower has 5 petals of reddish purple arranging in order with stamens.

Fruit The fruits of the Buabok are dark and very small, durable in flooded area.

Usage:

As foods The whole plant is taken as fresh or briefly boiled and eaten with kahanomchin and namprig, any curries, or as an ingredient or yam, (a salad) as well as Buabok juice

Food value Buabok consists of sweet vaporized oil including bitter substance, glaicocide, high Bitamin A, Calcium and others.

As medicine The whole Buabok plant is used as medicine : water boiled with Buabok cures bruises, relieves inflammation, and thirstiness. Crushed Buabok cures bruises, relieves inflammation, and thirstiness. Crushed Buabok leaves are used to cure fresh or burnt wounds, to discharge urine as well as to be made into cream to relieve skin inflammation.

Name Buabok (Buabok Juice):

Ingredients Buabok leaves
Fresh water
Syrup
Crushed Ice

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