Poptren.suara.com – Since ancient times, sungkai leaves have been known for their extraordinary benefits, especially for health. Even when Covid 19 entered Indonesia, circulating on social media, Sungkai leaves were said to be able to overcome the spread of this dangerous virus.
Sungkai leaves are plants that are usually used as hedges because Sungkai is a wild plant. The official website of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry states that sungkai is a native plant of Kalimantan, including a tree species that grows well at an altitude of 0-600 meters above sea level.
Sungkai trees can even have a height of up to 22 meters with a diameter of 66 cm. Sungkai bark is light gray in color, rough in texture, small and thin in size. Sungkai leaves have an odd pinnate shape and have paired wings on the stem.
Sungkai leaves contain terpenoid compounds, flavonoids and saponins which are useful for treating intestinal worms. Although until now there has been no research and further information, Sungkai leaves were predicted to be a drug for Covid 19 which spread in Indonesia in 2020.
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Not only that, Sungkai leaves are also beneficial for health, and are considered the most effective for helping reduce the development of harmful viruses in the body. The benefits of Sungkai leaves include:
1. Help fight inflammation
The ethanol extract in Sungkai leaves has an anti-inflammatory effect, making it useful for fighting inflammation in the body, as well as inhibiting inflammation by up to 87.78 percent. Even so, Sungkai leaves for health are still less desirable. Because when compared with pain relievers in general, the efficacy of Sungkai leaves can be said to be still not very effective.
2. It can be mixed with bath water, especially after giving birth
After giving birth, the body is usually dirty with sweat and various other fluids left over from childbirth, and the muscles are still tense after struggling to give birth to a baby. Therefore, taking a warm bath with Sungkai leaves can relax you.
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However, its use must be considered because it can only be used by women who give birth normally. For those who have had a cesarean section, it is feared that it will cause an infection in the joint wound.
3. Help increase fertility
Sungkai leaves are considered capable of nourishing the body so that prospective parents can produce quality sperm and egg cells, as well as having the benefit of launching menstruation. The trick is to boil three to five Sungkai leaves that have been washed clean, then drink two glasses of water twice a day.
4. Help maintain endurance
Sungkai leaf extract can increase the body’s immunity. A study released the results that consuming Sungkai leaves regularly can help increase the number of white blood cells. As is well known, white blood cells are useful for fighting infections because they contain active compounds such as sitosterol, peronemin, isopranol, diterpenoids, phytol to flavonoids, where they are antioxidant compounds found in Sungkai leaves that can boost the body’s immune system or immunity.
5. Help cure Malaria
The content in the leaves has anti-bacterial or antiplasmodium properties which are claimed to kill parasites that cause malaria.
6. Help reduce toothache
Rinse your mouth with boiled water from Sungkai leaves to dissolve bacteria that are lodged in your mouth.