Health Benefits Of Shiny Bush (Pansit-Pansitan) You Probably Didn’t Know!

Pansit pansitan (Peperomia Pellucida Linn) is a tiny herb which grows up to 40 cm. in height and can be found in nooks and crannies in yards. The plant has green leaves and a fleshy stem that has nice small flowers and oblong fruits which are black when ripe. It’s a pretty common herb that has been consumed and used as a natural remedy for centuries.

The plant can be consumed either raw or cooked. Pansit has been used for a variety of ailments including gout, arthritis and osteoarthritis in the past due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Here are some diseases and conditions it can help you with:

  • High blood pressure;
  • Prostate problems;
  • Eye inflammation;
  • Sore throat;
  • Arthritis, gout and high uric acid levels;
  • Pimples, acne, boils, minor wounds and skin inflammation;
  • Mental problems;
  • Renal problems;
  • Headaches;
  • Abdominal cramps and pain;
  • Fever.

Both the stems and leaves of the fruit can be consumed. Pansit is usually added to salads as it has the crispness of celery and carrots.

Medicinal uses

As we mentioned, Pansit has been mainly used against inflammatory diseases such as gout. For this purpose, distillation of the leaves and stems was used to produce a tincture which was then used for gout and arthritis. The same tincture can be used for urinary tract infections, while Ayurvedic medicine practitioners recommended it against kidney disease, edema, fatigue, cough and constipation.

When crushed, the plant can be used as a heating pad against pimples and boils. In South America, the juice from the fruit is used to reduce eye inflammation while the steam and leaves are used to treat colds in Jamaica and the Caribbean. In Brazil, Pansit is used for conjunctivitis and abscesses, while in Africa, it is used for tumors. In Cameroon, people have been using Pansit to treat fractures and accelerate the healing of the bone, while in other African countries, Pansit is mainly used as a high blood pressure remedy.

Here’s how to prepare a tea of the fruit which can help you treat all the aforementioned ailments:

  • A few pieces of Pansit
  • Water
  • Honey (optional)

Wash and chop the Pansit fruit, then add 1 cup to every 4 cups of water. Boil the fruit for a couple of minutes on low heat, then let it steep and cool down before straining the mixture. Drink ½ a cup of the tea 3 times per day and keep it in the fridge until you’re done with the whole amount.

Although there are no scientific studies which have identified any side-effects of the Pansit tea, it’s better to be on the safe side and not drink it if you’re pregnant or on some medications. Consult your doctor first in order to prevent any potential problems.

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