BECAUSE of the excitement generated by the Tomorrow Leaf, one guesses that so many people are indeed looking for relief from the many ailments that plague them or their loved ones. Of course, my doctors always stress that the best way to avoid getting sick is to simply diet (eat the right food and avoid junk food) or exercise (walk walk walk, or just move move move!). But then, weak mortals that we all are, we do indulge once in a while – sometimes more than just once in a while--in delicious ice cream, candies, pork rinds, and many other wonderful food that add to our weight and calorie levels. Thus, the rush to look for those “miracle herbs” like the Ashitaba medicinal plant that seems to tackle so many of the ailments that plague us in this modern age. One day, I requested Wilson Ang, the generous proprietor of Bio-Research, to lend us his lovely daughter Charlene to deliver a short spiel on the Ashitaba plant to the Tahanan Village Garden Club. She came with some fifty newly established plant stems and proceeded to explain the history of the plant and its healing properties. Needless to say, the Ashitaba has quietly become a hit in our village and is now sought after by many of its residents, especially since the once young contemporaries who settled the village have grown older over time. Others took our advice and have gone to Bio-Research in Sucat to obtain their own plants for both propagation and ingestion. I am now supplying some pictures taken during this turnover that took place a fortnight ago. The first picture shows a newly established cutting of the Ashitaba plant. These plants can grow into small bushes that one can use for pruning to obtain new stems and for the harvesting of leaves. The second picture shows the plants when they arrived, in a small box. The third picture shows Ms Charlene Ang together with some members of the Tahanan Garden Club and others who attended the turnover. The last picture shows the temporary planting site until the one being set up in a nearby place under the full sun would be available.
March 2009 Archives
THE response to my initial blog on the Ashitaba Medicinal herb, otherwise known as the Tomorrow Leaf, seems to have generated a great amount of interest. This is probably an indicator of the number of people who need assistance in the healing of certain physical ailments. This particular blog will serve only as a quick response to some of the queries posted by those who read of the wonderful qualities of the Tomorrow Leaf. A longer response will be forthcoming, complete with pictures of the plant â€“ albeit, a small one at that â€“ and the turnover of a number of them by Ms Charlene Ang, daughter of my classmate Wilson Ang of Bio-Research, to our village Garden Club. First, Wilson Ang propagates the Tomorrow Leaf as an avocation, and distributes the plant (one plant for each visitor or depending on need) FOR FREE to those who go to his Bio-Research plant in Sucat, Paranaque. Second, Wilson Ang DOES NOT SELL the Ashitaba plant, but makes it available to those who go to his 4-hectare office FOR FREE as an advocacy, his own way of giving back to the community that has supported his business for so many years. The staff of Bio-Research also hand out a primer on the Ashitaba plant that contains some instructions on how to consume it. But for the sake of clarity, I will make some other recommendations based on what I have heard from Wilson and Charlene, and my own observations after a few weeks spent with the plant. Some points to remember: The plant does best when established under full sunlight, and watered the usual way, either early AM or late PM. Once established, either in a potting medium or in a garden plot, observe how the plant grows. It grows pretty fast and after a couple of weeks, can be pruned to obtain a new stem for planting. Make sure that enough leaves remain on the two stems to promote photosynthesis. You can take anywhere from two to four leaves from each plant per day as long as you see new leaves sprouting the next day, thus the name Tomorrow Leaf. Once harvested, clean the leaves like you would do to fresh vegetables. Wash them and then place in a mixture of water and salt for some time just to eliminate any germs, microbes, or other vermin. Then, wash again and store or consume. Some people make the leaves into a tea, but also consume the leaves after. Personally, I just take four of the leaves per day and chew on them like I would lettuce. My son, who is particular about taste, dips the leaves in his coffee and is satisfied with the taste! Will the Ashitaba plant solve all our health problems? Maybe yes, maybe not. But the plant has been documented as a particularly effective healing herb, which explains why its existence and availability has kept secret by many who have had access to the herb. Thus, Wilson Ang has chosen to break from the mold by not only propagating the plant, but also choosing to give it away FOR FREE to anyone willing to make the trip to the Sucat facility. (For those who donâ€™t know how to get there, take the SLEX and exit at Sucat. Go straight until reaching the second Shell station that is at a corner, just before Jaka Plaza. Bio-Research is on the other side of the road, going toward the Sucat exit, just after the Holy Trinity chapel and mortuary(!). For those coming from Baclaran, just look out for the Holy Trinity facility. Bio-Research is located right after that place.) Hope this answers some of the questions that came in.