Mayana (Coeus blumei Benth.)

Other names: Lampuyana, Dafronaya, Tampunaya, Daponaya, Painted Nettle

Commonly used as ornamental plant in the country due to its purplish foliage, mayana can grow in the different kinds of habitat. It is one of the traditionally used folklore medicine and is primarily used for pain, sore, swelling and cuts and in other instances as adjunct medication for delayed menstruation and diarrhea. This traditional uses of mayana are scientifically supported by studies here and abroad. Chemists form the University of the Philippines isolated sterols and triterpenes form the leaves of mayana and it exhibited analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. Another interesting component of the plant is its high rosmarinic acid content. This compound was noted for its high biological activities; prominent of those are its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Other medicinal uses of mayana treatment for: contusion, headache, swellings