Saluyot (White Jute) as Herbal Medicine



Saluyot, also known as jute, is a green leafy vegetable that is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium. It has also been determined that 100 grams of saluyot contains an ample amount of Vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, and is also rich in fiber. With these facts alone, we can appreciate the benefits that can be derived from eating and incorporating saluyot in one’s diet. This vegetable also assures safety of intake even for pregnant mothers. Unlike other plants with medicinal benefits like makabuhay, it is safe to be eaten even by those which are medically considered to be in a weak state. Saluyot can be found basically everywhere. From warm, tropical countries like the Philippines to tropical deserts and wet forest zones, saluyot is abundant. It does not require much attention and care, and thus, thrives without cultivation the whole year round.

– Considered carminative, cardiac, laxative, febrifuge, and tonic.
– Leaves considered stimulant, laxative, demulcent, appetizer and stomachic.
– The corchorin considered toxic and poisonous; some studies suggest a digitalis-effect on the heart.
– Fiber, one of nature’s stronger vegetable fibers, is referred to as the “golden fiber.” It is long, soft, shiny, 1 to 4 meters in length, with a diameter of 17 to 20 microns, with high insulating and anti-static properties, with moderate moisture regain and low thermal conductivity.

Parts used
Seeds and leaves.

Leaves are used for headaches.
– Seeds, either as power or decoction, used as tonic, carminative and febrifuge.
– In Bengal, decoction of dried leaves used for disorders of the liver.
– Malays use a decoction of the leaves for dysentery, for coughs and phthisis, and as a tonic for children. Also, used for poulticing sores.
– The powdered leaves, dried, 1 or 1 1/2 tbsp to a cup of water, steep for 3 to 5 minutes, and strain before drinking.
– Leaves used as stomachic.
– Finely carded fiber sometimes used as base for antiseptic surgical dressings.
– Infusion of leaves used for atonic dyspepsia, liver disorders and as febrifuge. Also used for chronic cystitis, gonorrhea, dysuria, worms in children, hepatic and intestinal colic, and for gastric catarrh.
– Cold infusion of the leaves as a bitter tonic; used in patients recovering from acute dysentery
– A compound infusion of the leaves with coriander and anis seed is an effective bitter stomachic and tonic.
– Poultice of leaves for sores.
– Six grains of the powder combined with equal amounts of Curcuma longa used for acute dysentery.
– A compound infusion of the leaves with coriander and anis seed used as an effective bitter, stomachic and tonic.
– Bitter seeds given in small doses (60-80 grain dose) for fevers.
– Oil from seeds is used for a variety of skin diseases.
– Fruits used by Sino-Annamites for inflammation, abscesses and as purgative.
– In Bengal, oil from the seeds used for skin diseases.

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