Meniran, Wild Plant with a Lot of Benefits for Human's Body

One of a way that people rarely know about maintaining health is by using or consuming natural preparations that are made into potions or medicines.

Sep 9, 2023 - 22:03
Sep 9, 2023 - 22:14
Meniran, Wild Plant with a Lot of Benefits for Human's Body

One of a way that people rarely know about maintaining health is by using or consuming natural products that are made into potions or medicines. This will be more natural than taking supplements or chemical drugs.

In Bali, processing natural ingredients or medicinal plants to make them into potions or medicines has been done since time immemorial and has become an alternative for various needs. This is called Usadha. Usadha specifically is the science of traditional Balinese medicine. There are several types of Usadha, one of which is Usadha Dalem, namely Usadha which is intended for internal diseases or bodily needs.

The Balinese themselves, especially the elders, are mostly used to hearing various kinds of concoctions from Usadha. So, there is no need to doubt the efficacy of the Usadha herb.

One of the well-known herbal plants used in Usadha Dalem, especially in Bali, is meniran. Meniran itself is a plant that looks like a  shameplant. Meniran is a medicinal plant that has many benefits for human’s body.


 Herbal Plant Meniran (Photo Source: Editorial Collection)

Meniran is a herbal plant that is often used for traditional medicine. This plant, which has the Latin name Phyllanthus niruri, belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family and is usually found in tropical and subtropical regions.

Meniran plant is a plant that grows upright with a height of about 30-50 cm. Meniran leaves are oval in shape with a tapered tip. Meniran leaves are green and arranged in a double pinnate shape.

Meniran itself is a plant that is quite easy to find, this is because meniran is a wild plant. Although meniran is a wild plant, meniran is a plant that is safe for consumption if being processed properly.

In Balinese traditional medicine, meniran is most commonly used as a liquid or drink. This drink is usually made in an easy way, namely by simply boiling the leaves in water. So, to process meniran, it doesn't require a lot of time and there are no complicated ingredients. Meniran leaves which are processed into this drink can be used to increase endurance, treat kidney stones, and treat urinary tract infections.

Apart from the leaves, other benefits of meniran can be obtained from the stem. Actually the properties possessed by meniran stems are similar to leaves. It's just that meniran stems are more famous for increasing white blood cells.

Based on research from the journal "Journal of Ethnopharmacology", product from meniran stems can increase the activity of T cells and B cells, which are types of white blood cells that play a role in fighting infection.

Meniran stems can be processed by pounding them. Before pounding, meniran stems are usually washed thoroughly using water first. After cleaning, the plant can be ground until smooth. The results will later be filtered, after filtering the processed stems are ready to be consumed.

Actually, not only the leaves and stems of meniran can be beneficial for the body, but the roots too. The benefits that you will get from the roots are similar to the benefits that the leaves and stems have. So, people usually process the whole meniran plant more often to make it into traditional medicine.

Meniran can have so many benefits, this is due to the phytochemical compounds contained in it. These compounds include lignans, flavonoids, tannins and saponins. Apart from that, meniran leaves also contain carbohydrates and protein which are important components for the body.


 Processed Meniran by Boiling (Photo Source: Editorial Collection)

Lignan is an antioxidant that protects body cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals themselves can harm the body by damaging the cells in the body. Lignans themselves also have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Flavonoids are compounds that help protect or fight bacteria and viruses that cause infections. Apart from that, flavonoids can also help to protect body cells from inflammation and damage caused by free radicals.

The next compound is tannin. Tannins are polyphenolic compounds that have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. Tannins can help kill infection-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation, and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

The last compound contained in meniran is saponin. Saponin is a compound that can help increase the body's endurance. Sopanin is a compound that increases the production of white blood cells. White blood cells themselves are immune cells that play a role in fighting infection.

Therefore, traditional Balinese medicine, especially Usadha Dalem with the use of meniran, has become an effective solution for people to maintain their body's health. This can help people maintain their health, even with a busy schedule.