Microcos paniculata is a flowering shrub native to China and south-east Asia including India. It's also included in Indian Ayurveda. It is sometimes added to Chinese herbal tea, having a mildly sour taste. In traditional Chinese medicine the plant is believed to help the digestive system, and it is also used for other health problems including colds, hepatitis, diarrhea, heat stroke, and dyspepsia. None of these alleged claims have shown to be effective in clinical trials. The herb may have a placebo effect.

Microcos paniculata
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Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Microcos
M. paniculata
Binomial name
Microcos paniculata
  • Microcos nervosa (Lour.) S.Y. Hu
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