81 medicinal plants from Polynesia

Health Cuttingx3dge August 8, 2016 0 3
Below are 81 plants mentioned in the whole of Polynesia (Samoa, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Tahiti and Rapanui are used. The list is used in alphabetical order and the Latin names of the plants. It is sometimes said that a plant is also used in India or the Philippines. That's just because this shows that the plant is indeed an effective and widely accepted drug. Plants that are generally used only on one island against a disease are less reliable medicinal plants, although not be ruled out is that the local islanders have discovered a new therapeutic effect which the world is still unknown elsewhere.
Book about the medicine with plants in Polynesia.

Achyrantes aspera

Samoa this plant is used for abscesses and wounds. In Tonga this plant is used by rubbing the leaves together so that you obtain a juice. This juice is done on wounds in order to prevent inflammation and tetanus. In Tahiti, the leaves are used to treat pain, wounds, mouth abscesses and tooth decay or cavities. In India and China, this plant is also widely used in inflammation and wounds.

Adenostemma viscosum

This plant is used in Tahiti as bruised wounds, bruises and inflammation. Tahitians use of any medicinal plants, this plant the most. It is a sort of panacea, a multi-purpose panacea. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, it is also used in tumors, painful urination and menstruation problems. In Hawaii this plant seems to have been used in fevers. In Indonesia and Malaysia, two neighbors of the area that we designate as Polynesia, this plant is also seen as medicinal plant.

Aleurites moluccana

In English this is called the tree candle Nuttree. The oil is traditionally used to make torches. The bark of this tree are a lot of tannins. The Polynesians are benefiting from using the bark as a gargle. This drink is good for sore throats, laryngitis, tonsillitis and mouth ulcers. In Hawaii the juice is sometimes made into an ointment swear sorts, cuts and fractures can dissipate. Tonga is made a tea from the bark which is drunk with abdominal symptoms and stomach disorders. The Cook Islands is known as a massage oil for headaches; for this purpose, the oil is mixed with the crushed leaves of the moemoe either Phyllanthus virgatus.
Argemone glauca

Aloe vera

This plant was introduced in Polynesia. For 1930 the use of aloe vera is not described. The plant is now widely used on the other hand; that's why people sometimes mistakenly think it is a traditional Polynesian medicinal herb. It is mainly used to clear cuts and burns. This use occurs mainly in Hawaii, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa.

Argemone glauca

From this plant is a yellow sap which can be used for dental pain. Further, it is used for abrasions, warts, and various pains. The plant is related to the European corn poppy, in England known as poppy. He was tested on mice and is found to have the same analgesic and sleep-inducing properties.

Artocarpus altilis

The Dutch name for this drug is edible breadfruit. It is found throughout South East Asia and Polynesia. Some think that the breadfruit tree originally grew only in Java. The value of the breadfruit tree is in first place on the nutritional field and in the second instance in the area of ​​timber. Yet there are many medicinal uses. The fruit separates a latex that is used for the treatment of abrasions, abscesses, pains, and injuries. Samoa and Futuna on the midrib of the leaf chewed to win the juice; This juice is then used as oogdruppelmiddel. In Samoa and Tonga they make a tea from the bark of the breadfruit tree to create a medicine for stomach problems and problems of digestion. The juice is used in Tahiti in contusions or bruises, pain and dislocations. Furthermore, the plant is used for sore throat, cough in children, blood in the urine and the excretion of the placenta in women who have just given birth. The lots of leaves on the Cook Islands and Tahiti used for abdominal pains. In addition, the ashes of the burnt leaves of breadfruit on the Cook Islands with the juice of a banana tree trunk used to apply on pimples.

Bidens pilosa

Bidens pilosa (see main picture) grows in abundance in tropical America and was introduced in Polynesia since 1839. From the leaves and flowers is a tea made applicable as blood purifier. This tea can also be used to treat stomach problems and sore throat. In the Marquesas and in Rapanui, the leaves are crushed and used as a paste to deal with cuts. The Cook Islands are still one uses the old fashioned way to treat cuts: chewing the leaves to make a paste of it. In Mexico, Tonga and Hawaii leaves of this weed as growing medicinal plant used to deal with a medicinal tea. On Turi, a region in New Guinea, the second largest island in the world, the Bidens pilosa seeds are used to draw pus from wounds.
Bischofia javanica, a medicinal plant in Polynesia

Bischofia javanica

This medicinal tree grows from India to the Cook Islands. Except that the sap of the tree is used to color traditional russet robes, this tree has medicinal properties. The bark is in Tonga, Samoa and Futuna used for children who suffer from oral infections. In Samoa, the leaf juice is used as oogdruppelmiddel in pterygium and other eye disorders. The scraped bark is often used along with other medicinal plants in order to remedy digestive problems. On the island of Tonga, the bark is used to deal with burns.

Calophyllum inophyllum

On Tonga is made an oil of the seeds of this plant. This is called Tonga oil. This oil is used as a massage oil for sore joints and rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis and arthritis. Also in India, Samoa, Tahiti and the Cookeilandfen one knows this application. In addition, the crushed leaves are dipped in saltwater to treat infections, abrasions, infections and mange them. In Indonesia, Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji, Malaysia and the Philippines are an infusion of leaves used as oogdruppelmiddel.
Capsicum frutescens

Cananga odorata

In English, this tree is called the perfume tree, meaning perfume tree. The tree was given this name because it has very showy fragrant flowers. On Tonga Samoa, and the bark of this tree is mixed with the bark of Erythria variegata to create an infusion which helps in stomach pains, colic, and indigestion.

Capsicum frutescens

This plant is commonly known as hot pepper. In Hawaii, the seeds of this plant are mixed with salt in order to apply it on sore muscles and other painful body parts. The leaves of this plant are mainly used in Tonga and Samoa by rubbing them in your hands. They can then be used to deal with wounds, swelling and abscesses. In Tonga, the leaves are used for inflammation. Samoa they use the leaves to make a beverage that is used for coughs. In Tahiti and the Cook Islands, the crushed leaves are mixed with coconut oil to deal with swelling.

Carica papaya

Papaya is used in many ways medicinally. In Tahiti, Hawaii and Samoa dried papaya seeds used as antibacterial and antiparasitic agent. The leaves and the latex sap are in Malaysia and parts of Southeast Asia used for the same purpose. The Cook Islands is an unripe papaya grated Tahiti is a tea from the flowers of the papaya used to treat high blood pressure. Samoa is the inner bark of the papaya used against toothache. In Tonga the immature seeds are used to deal with diarrhea. The seeds also work for heartburn.

Cassythea filiformis

Tonga is put on a tea auctions of this plant. This tea is good against worms. Also with excessive menstrual bleeding and bleeding after childbirth, this tea can be drunk. Together with the roots of Hibiscus tiliaceas the cassythea is used as a treatment for hemorrhoids.

Casuarina equisetifolia

Tonga on the bark of the casuarine or ironwood tree used to make a tea that is good for coughs, throat infections and stomach aches. Samoans also use it there before and they put the tree in addition to diabetes and asthma. Tahiti this plant is used for diabetes problems and nerve diseases. Sometimes it is also used for gonorrhea.

Centella asiatica

Samoa is the juice of the crushed leaves in eyes dropped to correct eye diseases. The droplets are dropped into the nostrils to prevent migraine headaches. In Niue it is usual to make a paste of the leaves which is applied to the plant is zwellingen.Verder from India to Fiji used for its antibiotic properties, which is especially useful in leprosy.

Citrus sinenis

The citrus sinensis is a common sweet orange but with a green skin instead of orange. In the Cook Islands orange juice is mixed with coconut oil and castor oil, a product of the gourd, to a purifying agent; especially by the castor oil is the one through which you go to the toilet quickly must. The young leaves of the orange tree are sometimes mixed with those of a guava tree in order to prevent lower abdominal pain. A whole peeled orange is used to make a fish bone which stuck in the throat is loose. Tahiti of the orange tree leaves are used for internal diseases such as fractures.

Cordia subcordata

The leaves of this tree are used as a means to Tahiti in asthma and bronchitis. Often there are used the same number as a yellow green leaves. Liver Magnification will also be resisted with this plant. Furthermore, it could remedy an inflammation of the lymph nodes. The Cook Islands it is used for albumin in the urine. Furthermore there on the Cook Islands an equal number of mixed yellow and green leaves with noni or Indian mulberry, fruit of the noni tree and the Miro or Thepsia populnea to treat abdominal swelling and urinary tract infections.

Cordyline fruticosa

Samoa this plant is used to fight inflammation, swelling, fever and dry. The whole leaves are used as a massage sheet, especially at headaches. In Tonga, the leaves are used to perform with eye treatments. Furthermore, it is mixed with Tonga oil for fighting tooth aches and tooth abscesses. This latter application is also used in New Guinea. The leaves of this bush can be mixed in the Cook Islands with castor oil in order to make a good laxative. A whole leaf is tied to the neck to deal with neck pain and sore throat. Samoa and the Cook Islands, an infusion of the leaves used to dab on burns. In Tahiti, this plant is a natural medicine with an external application to abscesses and earache. Internally it can be used against lumbar pain, various inflammation and fever. Hawaii used it to wrap someone leaves for fever in a compress using Cordyline fruticosa.

Curcuma longa

Turmeric is also known as turmeric in Dutch. In Polynesia these root is traditionally used as a dye for textiles. Apart from this application is turmeric in Samoa, Niue, Tonga, Futuna and Uvea used as an ointment for sores, mouth ulcers and rashes. Tahiti turmeric is used in diabetes, gonorrhea and incontinence. The Cook Islands an infusion of turmeric is used in urinary tract infections. On Hawaii it is used as an ointment for its antiseptic properties. Ear and sinus cavity disorders are also addressed with turmeric.

Davallia solida

This plant is not commonly used. On the other hand, it is one of the most widely used herbs in Polynesian medicinal herb mixes. Together with the phymatosorus it is used as a purgative. There are dozens of other applications in herbal blends.

Dichrocephala integrifolia

Like the previous plant, this plant is used mainly in herbale remedy mix. Many of these mixes are good for the digestive tract and stomach. Furthermore, the plant is used in gout, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, menstrual problems, and chronic cough. It is similar in function a bit like chamomile.

Dodonaea viscosa

On Hawaii this plant is used in the treatment of itching, rashes and bumps on the skin. Samoa is fever treated with it, as in the Philippines and in some other countries. In addition, this plant in many countries, from India to the Caribbean, used in lotions, baths and ointments. It reduces skin problems.


The leaves of eucalyptus are cooked in Hawaii and applied in a sweat bath for pain. The steam from eucalyptus is traditionally used to fight with asthma, congestion and fever. An infusion is sometimes used to treat cuts, rashes and skin sores.

Euodia hortensis

This plant has a strong odor. This fragrance is very pleasant for Polynesians but unpleasant for demons. Therefore one uses this plant diseases caused by demons. Coconut oil is applied for this purpose, together with the crushed leaves on the body and massaged into the skin. On Tonga, use an infusion of the leaves against swelling, headaches and other illnesses with supernatural causes. Also on Futuna, the plant is used for swelling. On Niue is on the leaves chewed against toothache and stomach ache.

Euphorbia heterophylla

The leaves of this plant are crushed and made into hot water. This acts as a purgative; a purifying agent that makes the intestines empty. The plant is slightly toxic.

Ficus prolixa

This Polynesian banyan is mainly on the Marquesas Islands a sacred tree which is in any ritual gathering place. Previously kept one there the skulls of deceased persons; The tree is so big that there are more than one hundred skulls sit in one tree. In addition, the aerial roots of this impressive tree as tonics and as a remedy for coughs, sore throats and bronchitis. Also, infections of the vagina and urinary tract can be treated with it.
Garcinia sessilis

Garcinia sessilis

The flowers of this tree have a strong odor and is used in Tonga to perfume with tonga oil. Tea leaves are used as eye drops in eye infections. The same tea is sometimes used in a disease known locally as'demonenziekte'.

Gardenia taitensis

This tree is found in the New Hebrides to the eastern Polynesian islands but is most famous in Tahiti where there are all kinds of cosmetic products such as soap and shampoo can be made. Headache is prevented by using a decoction of the flowers. The Cook Islands sometimes they just smell the flowers to prevent headaches. The headache is usually caused by demons. On American Samoa the flowers are used in order to purify the blood and as a treatment for diabetes. A tea from the bark is used in Futuna to force an abortion. Tiareschorsthee same, but then cooled, can be dripped into the nose and eyes as anti-drug demonstration.

Genio Stoma rupestre

The bark of the tree is used in Tonga as a purgative. On the island of Futuna same bark is used as a purgative. In addition, the bark is used for bladder and kidney dysfunction while it also is a means to diarrhea.
Geophila repens

Geophila repens

This plant is used in Tahiti against infections and dysentery. Also with hemorrhoids, the plant is used. On American Samoa, this plant is a remedy in disorders of the intestine, as in Malaysia. On Futuna, the plant used for headaches and mouth infections.

Glochidon ramiflorum

On Tonga and Samoa on the leaves of this plant chewed to prevent mouth infections. In addition, the bark is scraped off and used as a means of stomach aches. Further, it is possible to make a lotion which can be used in skin inflammation. The bark is used with bark of other trees with abdominal discomfort and pain.

Gossypium barbadense

This is a cotton plant where traditional mattresses and pillows are made of. The leaves of this tree are hand-crushed so that there is a juice. This juice is dripped in wounds and abscesses in order to prevent an infection.

Heliotropium anomalum

The leaves of this plant are crushed and then mixed with salt. This results in a mix that can be applied to fractures and strains. Hawaii is prescribed the plant internally for menstrual problems, asthma and diabetes.

Hibisucus rosa-chinensis

Hibiscus leaves are used for surrender. The flowers are mixed with coconut water or simply water to deal with disorders in children. In the Philippines this drug is mainly used to force an abortion.

Hibiscus tiliaceaus

The hibiscus flowers of this tree are fresh or cooked or processed into a paste so that the resulting ointment can be applied to sores, cuts, pustules and swelling. The bark of the hibiscus tree in the Cook Islands with coconut tree bark or the fibers of a coconut cooked to a bath against fractures. The mucilage from the inner bark in Samoa and Tonga a remedy for eye problems. This same product is used in Samoa and Futuna with cuts. The same slimy juice on Hawaii consumed by pregnant mothers as it would dampen the vagina in order to facilitate the birth of a baby. This same application was also used in Indonesia, but with China rose or Hibiscus rosa-chinensis. The stem of the flower has a positive effect on the production of mother's milk. For a picture of the flower see main photo in this article.

Hoya australis

Samoa on an infusion of this plant is used in a large number of skin problems such as swelling and inflammation. On Futuna, a tea of ​​this plant used for stomach problems and an infusion is used in Tonga as a lotion for skin infections.

Indocarpus fagifer

The Tahitian chestnut has a large edible fruit that is cooked to eat it as a soft note. The fruit can simply be picked up from the ground in order to throw them into a fire, just as we in Europe chestnuts roasting, but today they are often cooked in water. On Tonga, an infusion of the bark scraped used on burns. The Cook Islands is an infusion of the bark a traditional remedy for dental problems of children and as an anti-diarrheal agent in children.

Ipomoea indica

The bark of this plant is mainly in combination with other plants used as a purgative. Furthermore, this plant is used in order to prevent a delay in compaction of the fontanelles. In addition, an infusion of this plant used as massage teas that help to expel demons from the body.

Kyllinga nemoralis

On Tahiti, this plant medicinally used along with other plants such as Amaranthus tricolor and Rorippa sarmentosa order to overcome strains and contusions. The plant is very similar to Moriscus javanicus and the two plants are used in the same way.

Lagenaria siceria

The ground gourd has ever been used in Hawaii and Tahiti as a purgative medicine but there seem to be people deceased so this use is being discouraged.
Lantana camara

Lantana camara

Shortly after World War II was in Dutch New Guinea too little ink at school to write; then they used the black juice of the berries. In Tonga lantana is a folk medicine. The juice that is released when rubbed fine two leaves, is done so that these wounds stop bleeding. In the Philippines and in Malaysia lantana is used as a disinfectant.

Leucas decemdentata

This plant from the mint family has traditionally been used as a universal panacea. Various remedies were made of it. Sometimes, it was used in combination with other plants. The Australen Islands, the southernmost archipelago of French Polynesia, was gonorrhea are successfully treated with it. The Cook Islands it was mainly used for mouth infections, urinary tract infections and hemorrhoids, in addition to numerous other medicinal uses.

Limnophila fragrans

The juice of this plant with other plants used as a liquid bandage to heal various wounds. In Malaysia, plants resembling this, used in ulcers and a sore throat.

Lindernia crustacea

This plant is one of the best-known drug in Tahiti. As far as taste is sometimes compared to the digitalisation in Europe. It is used in dysentery., Menstrual troubles and diseases of the gallbladder. On Tahiti, this plant is most used as a purgative for children. The aerial roots of the Ficus prolixa and the leaves of the Ophinoglossum petiolatum be mixed with this plant to treat thrush in women. Because it has various uses is called a panacea. Various diseases such as infections, hemorrhoids, gout and colic can be treated. On the Cook Islands, the crushed leaves are given to babies with all sorts of problems such as an inflamed navel.
Macro Piper puberulum

Macro Piper puberulum

Samoans use the bark of this bush in order to prepare an infusion, which is intended to boils, swelling and wounds. On Tonga, an infusion of the leaves used for upset stomach and as a lotion for infections. The leaves are crushed or chewed to put them on wounds. At Futuna and Samoa is a medicine to cast out demons. In the Philippines fresh leaves are used to deal with abscesses.

Mangifera indica

The mango is a fruit with a high energy and nutritional value. The mango tree leaves in Tonga crushed and mixed with the leaves of the orange tree against sickness relapse or recurrent fever. Samoa on the scraped bark is used as a means to make a tea infusion, or which is given to children in cough, sore throat and mouth infections.

Micromelum minutum

Samoa, Tonga and Futuna the scraped bark is used as an infusion for stomach pain. Furthermore, an infusion of the leaves of this small tree are used for headaches which are likely caused by demons. On Tonga is a much used tool in toothache and other dental problems in children. In the Philippines, this plant is used in head and stomach aches.

Mikania micrantha

Samoa and Niue this plant is used for itching caused by wasps and bees. The plant can stanch bleeding wounds. In Indonesia, this plant is also a traditional blood clotting agent, as in the Philippines and in Africa. In Fiji the leaves are crushed in order to apply it to bee stabbing.

Mussaenda raiatensis

On the island of Samoa, the leaves and sometimes the bark of this plant used in a childhood disease in which the skin shows black spots, similar to a tattoo. On Tonga to malnourished babies given an infusion of this plant. Malnutrition can occur if the mother becomes pregnant while she is still breast-feeding. On Futuna small fruits are given to children suffering from malnutrition.

Neissosperma oppositifolium

Especially on the island of Tonga this tree is a folk medicine for high blood pressure and diabetes. Sometimes it is even used in cancer. On other Polynesian islands it has no medicinal use of this tree.

Basil Ocimum

This aromatic basil species is used in tropical, Polynesian cuisine to cook. When it is rubbed on the skin, it is an excellent way to ward off mosquitoes, says a guide from Rarotonga. In Tahiti, an infusion of the leaves made as massage tea which the skin is rubbed; in this way draw the demons from the body. The Maori's drink a tea from the leaves against urinary tract infections. On Futuna is a lotion of the infusion of the leaves used against swellings.

Ophioglossum petiolatum

These few centimeters high plant on Polynesian islands mainly used as a purgative for children. Atiu in the Cook Eilandje it is used in septic umbilicus, which may occur in babies. Furthermore, the plant is versatile; it is used as a panacea.

Oxalis corniculata

This creeping herb species that somewhat resembles celandine, is mainly used for teething. It has a mild laxative effect. Furthermore, it is used for asthma and tuberculosis ie TB. In Tahiti this plant is used as a means to heal wounds and ulcers along. It is often used in a tongue ulcer or'dubbele tong' and it can be used for sore throat and ranula. In the Philippines becomes painful gums with the leaves of this plant are rubbed the mouth and gums to wassen.Op the Cook Islands, it is used for mouth infections in children. Children in Tonga are treated with this plant when they have a belly button disease. It can also be used as the fontanelles close too slowly grow.

Pandanus tectorius

Pandanus Leaf is used in tropical countries for making bags, mats, baskets, wall partitions, fans, and even in the old days sailing, sandals and clothes. The tips of the aerial roots are traditionally used in Hawaii as a remedy for scrofula. The same air root tips are also an internal remedy for constipation and externally for skin inflammations. The Cook Islands it is used externally for skin inflammations and internally as a laxative. It is also used for some urinary problems. On Samoa, the ends of the aerial roots deployed in various diseases which are related to demons. On the island of Tonga mixing the aerial roots of turmeric or yellow root and grated coconut to make the ulcers.


The crushed leaves of this plant are traditionally used in Hawaii for uterine problems. Even in tumors and asthma this plant is used. On the Marquesas Islands this plant is used mainly for children's diseases, eye problems, skin diseases and burns. The leaves are mashed and used as an ointment for boils.

Phyllanthus virgatus

Tahitians use this herb with earaches and ear infections. The plant is crushed along with the buttons of the Tahitian tiare and gardenia. Sometimes monoii or coconut used it. This drug is made warm and the area around the ears massaged it. The same means is used internally in urinary tract infections and it is a diuretic agent. The Australen Islands, an archipelago belonging to French Polynesia it is used, with gonorrhea. The Cook Islands ear problems are treated.

Phymatosorus scolopendria

Fractures, sprains and inwenSM ART injuries can be treated with these medicinal plant, both at Tahiti as well as on the Australen-islands. The roots of this plant are often used for teething. Often, it is used in combination with or tiare broodvruchtsap. The latter means can be used both externally and internally. In Tahiti this plant is also used in gonorrhea, cancer, liver problems, surrender tendencies and menstrual troubles.

Piper methysticum

This plant is sold as'kava kava' some smart shops in Amsterdam. Kava has long been used as a calming and slightly hallucinogenic drink. Currently it is a powerful drug in herbal medicine, but unfortunately it is under an inferior scientific small report what side still shore touches declared prohibited. Gonorrhea and urinary tract problems with it are cured, as it is known in Polynesia. Thus, it is a pain reliever for the bladder. Tahiti was a folk remedy to gonorrhea, rheumatic disorders and bronchitis. The Cook Islands kava mixed with noni fruit and miro either Thespesia populnea for treatments for urinary disorders. In Hawaii, it is a known remedy for headaches, body aches, bronchitis and asthma. Samoans use the stomach aches, back pain and urinary tract infections. It can be mixed with grated ginger to deal with inflammation. People of Tonga use the kavaplant mainly with stabbing and bites from venomous animals such as fish, insects and centipedes.

Pipturus albidus

Polynesians used this plant, which is related to the nettle, in fungi and as a laxative.

Plantago major

This is a well-known edible, medicinal plant called plantain wide in the Netherlands. The Europeans have taken this plant, probably because its seeds to clothes and fabrics hung. In Hawaii there are pustules and abscesses treated with it. The leaves can cover a pimple whole. In addition, the plant can be crushed in order to serve as an ointment on a wound; so do the Malays too. For this purpose, the plants ointment is often mixed with salt. On Tonga done that too. Moreover, the seeds of this plant can be effective against constipation; such use is globally known in traditional folk medicine.

Pometia pinnata

An infusion of the bark of this plant is used for mouth infections, cough and obstruction of the airways by mucus.

Psidium guajava

Guava is a tasty sweet, pink fruit that somewhat difficult to eat because there are seeds of which are as hard as small stones. Guava is a medicinal fruit in Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Futuna, Tahiti and Hawaii. Dysentery, diarrhea, stomach problems and digestive disorders are treated with eating the fruit. In addition, the young shoots of the tree are used to stanch severe wounds. Samoa is known that there are boils, sores, cuts and sprains dealing with. On Samoa is an infusion of the leaves used to deal with rash. In addition, on Tahiti tree leaves a much used tool in mixing herbs against uterine bleeding, premature births, and painful menstruation.

Psilotum nudum

On Hawaii this plant was formerly used mainly as a laxative and analgesic. Tea of ​​the plant is used when fungal diseases.

Psychotria insularum

In the western part of Polynesia this plant is much used in diseases related to demons such as swelling and inflammation. All diseases are cured with this plant have a supernatural origin where the medicinal plant are not taken seriously by Western academics and still poorly explored.

Ricinus communis

In Dutch called this plant castor bean. The seeds of this plant are used more often than the leaves. It is a known laxative throughout Polynesia but is probably the most used in the Cook Islands. On Tonga the reddish bark is used for an infusion against rash. Rheumatism and Arthritis be corrected by the body with the leaves of this plant to rub in. Also in Malaysia heated leaves are used in rheumatic diseases such as gout, as well as in other types of swelling.

Sigesbeckia orientalis

This plant is in French Polynesia a widespread tool of strains, sprains and bruises. On the Marquesas the flowers have traditionally been used to make an ointment for wounds, and ulcers. Tonga at one uses this plant to rashes and skin infections. Same applications are used in Malaysia, the Philippines and parts of Asia.

Solanum americanum

On the Cook Islands, the crushed leaves of this plant are used in acne. On the Marquesas Islands the juice of the leaves is used for toothache.

Solanum viride

On Tonga is a tea of ​​the crushed leaves of this plant used to reduce skin infections and pustules. The same tea is consumed simultaneously by little as one wants to combat said diseases. Even in Europe there are many people who say you're a medicinal plant is best on and can be used externally to address a skin condition. The Cook Islands is traditionally the juice of red currants applied to infections with ringworm.

Spondias dulcis

This tree produces the Polynesian Polynesian plum or apple, a delicious fruit that is not for sale in Europe. This fruit has been grated and given to someone with liver problems. The leaves are used in dozens of islands in Polynesia for making an infusion, which can serve to oogwassingen against all kinds of eye diseases. The bark can be prepared as tea that inhibits headache and fever.

Syzygium coxynocarpum

Babies are at Tonga given a tea from the leaves and bark of this plant when they have dental problems. Samoa this tea is used in urinary disorders. Externally the infusion is applied to skin infections. In Futuna is being chewed on the leaves after which the resulting mixture is rubbed on painful swellings.

Syzygium malaccense

The Moluccan Malay apple or apple is a well-known local fruit that you never see at the grocery store in Europe. The bark of the tree has a strong astringent and leaves are slightly less astringent. Of these two, a tea made that can be used for a sore throat, mouth sores, foot fungi and cough. Furthermore, an infusion of only the bark used for digestive problems, bronchitis and tuberculosis. The plant is used in practically all Polynesia, New Guinea to Hawaii.

Tacca leontopetaloides

Previously Polynesians used this plant to make a meal. But this is a laborious process; you must include grating, cooking and baking. Therefore, it is not as commonly eaten. The flour that was made could also be used medicinally; it goes against diarrhea and dysentery, so let traditional Hawaiian doctors know. Furthermore, the meal was even open wounds done to stop the bleeding. The Cook Islands and Tahiti in the flour is also used medicinally but as a thickening agent for other medicinal substances. The Cook Islands also be ulcers and burns treated with this plant. On the island of Niue the crushed leaves are applied to bee and wasp stabbing to relieve the pain.

Tarenna sambucina

The bark of this tree is used to cure with fever and inflammation. People from Tonga make a tea from the bark against stomach problems. Also on Futuna and Fiji are also inflammations gone against them. On Niue is the fruit in place of the bark used for the same purpose.

Terminalia catappa

This tree is known as the tropical almond tree. At include Niue, Tonga, Samoa and Futuna is the inner bark grated or juice made from the bark as these many tannins. This juice is oropharyngeal thrush in children against. On American Samoa this juice is drunk against intestinal problems like indigestion. In Indonesia, the Philippines and Fiji this use is applied. On Tahiti, the crushed leaves are used in herbal mixes that help tuberculosis and bronchitis. On the Cook Islands, the crushed leaves are mixed with coconut cream and applied to sprains, bruises and muscle aches.

Thespesia populnea

The juice of the fruit of this plant is applied to the head to alleviate headache. This also happens in Malaysia. The Cook Islands the juice of the fruit is used to prevent urinary tract and abdominal bloating, often in combination with noni. On Tonga, an infusion of the bark is used against diarrhea, stomach disorders and mouth infections in children. Samoa bark liquor is used to treat stomach problems, recurring fever and fever associated with arthritis. On Niue is the drink of the bark a purgative.

Verbena litoralis

This plant is mainly used as an ointment for boils, fungus and rashes.

Waltheria indica

This is one of the best-known medicinal plant in Hawaii. Chewed on the bark after it is gargled against sore throats, asthma, coughs and colds.

Wollastonia biflora

Tonga done on the juice of the warmed leaves on wounds, especially infected wounds. In this manner is prevented tetanus. In Malaysia, find a similar use of this plant location. Samoa, the plant has a very different application; an infusion of the bark and leaves is drunk against gonorrhea and urinary tract problems.

Xylocarpus Granatum

The bark of this tree has found a good way to Tonga stomach aches, cough and internal problems that will not go away. Few other Polynesian islands use this tree for its medicinal abilities. Fiji for example, they used the tree to witness vessels.
Ginger on a market

Zingiber zerumbet

On Tonga, Samoa and Fiji will put a tea from the root of this wild, Polynesian ginger kind to counter stomach pain and ulcers. On Tonga mouth infections are treated with ginger and Futuna one treats it with wounds. Hawaii is on the ashes of the burned leaves traditional medicine for wounds. On the Cook Islands, the root is sometimes used to prevent hemorrhoids. On Tahiti, ginger is used for ear problems. Samoa is mixed with wild ginger kava to treat people with back problems. Incidentally, the ginger we know it in the store, Zingiber officinale, something stronger and prefer the most natural doctors in Polynesia over these ginger Ginger is native to the Polynesian islands.