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Scientific Name: Gynura procumbens
Alternative Names: Sambung Nyawa 'extending life' (Malays), Daun Dewa, Akar Sebiak, Kelemai Merah, Bai Bing Ca (Chinese)

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Gynura procumbens
Gynura procumbens
Gynura procumbens


  • Perennial
  • Growing 10 - 25 cm tall.
  • Young stems are green, turning light purple with green spots.
  • New shoots and branches appear frequently at base and leaf nodes.
  • Fleshy branches can be trimmed and pinched regularly to grow as a low bush, or staked on trellis.

Culinary Uses

  • Leaf vegetable - taste like green beans.
  • Young leaves/ shoots can be eaten fresh by itself/ included in rice dishes/ mixed in with salads (like lettuce or spinach).
  • Cook with butter /add to a casserole /soup/ stir-fried (fry garlic in a little oil and then sauté the leaves and young shoots in oyster sauce)/ sautéed lightly like one would spinach.
  • Tea.

Parts Used

  • Leaves, shoots.
  • Keep in the fridge.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Lowers blood sugar (diabetes), cholesterol (lipid, serum, triglyceride levels).
  • Topical inflammation, rheumatism, viral ailments, diarrhea, dysentery, febrifuges, hypertension, urinary tract infection, anti-inflammatory,anti-allergic.
  • Anti-cancer: Inhibition effect on growth of cancer cells.
  • Contains Asparaginase, kind of enzyme to inhibit protein syntheses by hydrolyzing asparagines (amino acid which is very essentially, needed by cancer/tumor cells) into aspartic acid and ammonia, so the cancer cells/tumor cells will stop growing and die.
  • Herbal companies sell the dry herb powder in capsule form.
  • Poultice: relieves rheumatic and general body-pains.

Other Uses

  • Include as forage for organic pastured poultry.
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