About Myrmecodia Pendans (Sarang Semut)
Sarang Semut mostly founds on Irian Jaya, one of the largest island in Indoneisa. Sarang Semut with its scientific name Myrmecodia Pendans is an epiphytes plant (attached to other larger plants, but not parasite) used as an ant nest. Other common names are Rumah Semut (Sumatra), Ulek-Ulek Polo (Java), Lokon, Suhendep, Nongon (Papua), Periok Hantu, Peruntak, Sembuku (Malaysia), Bay Ki Nan, Ki Nam Gai, Ki Nam Kin (Vietnam). This plant belongs to Hydnophytinae (Rubiaceae) family and comprises an ant maze inside which used as a hole to do their activities. Although the plant is unusual, but its owned medicinal values are remarkable.
Sarang Semut was first introduced in the rural of Papua located in Eastern Indonesia commonly used by local people. This plant is processed as a porridge blended and also as a drink to strengthen immune body system. In addition, it is also used as drugs for various internal ailments. It can also be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Australia as well as Solomon Island.
Technically, immune stimulant substances will help and protect the body cells in order to perform their jobs well, so the cell disruption diseases can be prevented and treated. The most often of this disease is cancer.
Sarang Semut belongs to Rubiaceae family with 5 genuses. However, only 2 of which have association with ants. They are Myrmecodia (45 species) and Hypnophytum (26 species). From those species, only Hypnophytum Formicarum, Myrmecodia Pendens and Myrmecodia Tuberosa are considered to have medicinal value. Generally, part of plant used as remedy is its hypocotyl (caudex) by drinking its boiling water (decoction).
Health Benefit of Sarang Semut
Empirically, Sarang Semut has been proven can treat various ailments such as cancer and tumor, uric acid, coronary heart disease, hemorrhoids (ambient), tuberculosis, migraine, arthritis, and leukemia.
Besides to prevent and cure cancer, Sarang Semut also effective to help cure a variety of cardiac diseases, rheumatism, nose allergic, nosebleeds, sneezing, stroke, lung diseases, ulcers, kidney dysfunctions, and prostate. Even sore pains, accelerate woman’s breast milk and blood vessels, liver, and even restore sexual desire can also be derived from the efficacy of this plant.
Moreover, the herbal ingredients can inhibit antioxidant enzymes that can trigger uric acid and free radicals. For diabetics, this plant can also become a must-try alternative because the substance content produced by ants can neutralize the blood sugar levels.
How to Drink Sarang Semut
1. To prevent diseases, drink 3 glasses per day.
2. To heal diseases, 3-8 glasses per day.
When you consume sarang semut, you should drink a lot of mineral water and eat nutritious foods to help improve other body functions and to remove toxins.
Dosage for children under 10 years is a half of dosage for adults.
1. To cure diseases: drink 2-3 glasses per day.
2. To prevent diseases: drink 1-2 glasses per day.