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Peristrophe acuminata


Peristrophe salicifolia Miq

Vernacular Names:

Malaysia Daun kuau, Pokok pengubat luka, Rumput lidah jin, Setawar ular, Pokok tangkai jerami, Paha ayam, Bunga kuau cermin
Thailand Ya Joan [1] [2] [3]

General Information


Peristrophe acuminata is a member of the Acanthaceae family. It is a glabrous weedy plant growing up to 1 m high. The leaves are lanceolate, acuminate, with narrowed base and measuring 7.5 cm long and 1.25 cm wide. The veins are inconspicuous and petioles slender and measures 1.75 cm long. The cymes are short measuring ca. 1.75 cm and so are the peduncles. The bracts are linear, measuring 1.25 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. The corolla is 1.25 cm long, tube and back of lobes are white, the upper sides of lobes are light rosy mauve with a cream coloured blotch and 8 purple spots in the mouth. The whole limb measures 0.6 cm wide. The capsule measures 1.0 cm long. [3]

Plant Part Used

Whole plant, leaves [1] [2]

Chemical Constituents

No documentation

Traditional Used:

Pounded leaves are applied topically on abrasions, cuts and wounds. [1]

It is one of the plants used as an application on wounds, chiefly snake-bites. It is also recommended in a decoction for small pox. [2]

Pre-Clinical Data


No documentation


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Teratogenic effects

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Clinical Data

Clinical Trials

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Adverse Effects in Human:

No documentation

Used in Certain Conditions

Pregnancy / Breastfeeding

No documentation

Age Limitations

Neonates / Adolescents

No documentation


No documentation

Chronic Disease Conditions

No documentation


Interactions with drugs

No documentation

Interactions with Other Herbs / Herbal Constituents

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Case Reports

No documentation


  1. Ong HC., Faezah AW., Milow P Medicinal Plants Used by the Jah Hut Orang Asli at Kampong Pos Penderas, Pahang, Malaysia Ethno Med. 2012; 6(1):11 –
  2. Burkill IH., A Dictionary of the Economic Products of the Malay Peninsula, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. 1966; pg. 1724
  3. Ridley HN. The Flora of the Malay Peninsula Volume 2, L. Reeve & Co. Ltd. London. 1923; pg. 609

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