Leaves of the Gods?

May 24, 2011

Sambung Nyawa

There were many claims that this magical herb has remarkable benefits, though I myself have yet to try it. Our family received the plant as a gift from a relative in Brunei many years ago, who informed us that the herb is called Sambung Nyawa. It grows and can be cultivated quite easily. I have heard people talking about it all these while but I wasn’t sure whether it is the same plant, so I did a little checking. I’m guessing it is the same one. The other names for this herb include Daun Dewa, Akar Sebiak, Kelemai Merah, Mollucan Spinach, Longevity Spinach, Googoolipid, Bai Bing Ca, Nan Fei Ye and Scrambling Gynura. The scientific name for it is Gynura procumbens.

the leaf

Scientific name: Gynura procumbens

the stem of Sambung Nyawa

In Indonesia, it is called Daun Dewa

Then, there was another family friend who gave another plant which he claimed to have tremendous benefits to health, especially for people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and a few other ailments. The leaves look slightly similar to the ones shown above, but unlike the ones above, this plant can grow quite high, as shown in the images below:

Can someone tell me what's the actual name for this plant?