Difference Between Japan Ashitaba and Gynura Procumbens

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The truth is, most sellers of ashitaba plants in the Philippines are not really selling Japan ashitaba but a different plant called Gynura Procumbens. I bet that all plants sold in Sulit.com.ph with the name "ashitaba" are in fact Gynura Procumbens. Those "ashitaba" sold in Greenhills Shopping mall (the open air place in the middle) are also Gynura Procumbens.

Where Can You Buy the Real Ashitaba in the Philippines?

It has been said that there's one found in Sucat/Rizal. Rumors had it that it belongs to a bioresearch site that gives out ashitaba leaves [samples] for free. But what they have is actually Gynura Procumbens. So you don't have to waste your time and effort to know and commute to go to their area only to find out it's not the one you're truly searching for.

There are no big plantations of ashitaba pioneering in the Philippines as of now. Ashitaba in pots and their seeds are mostly passed on from friends, relatives or acquaintances who imported the plants from Singapore or Japan (the nearby Asian countries).

I bet that if there are known growers of ashitaba in the Philippines, they don't intend to sell ashitaba plant just yet as well. This is so that they can more properly propagate tomorrow leaves in their own plantations. And this is why we still don't see much of the real ashitaba from Japan widespread in the public marketplace.
Here are the most telling differences of ashitaba and Gynura Procumbens.

Appearance of the Leaves

The leaves of Gynura Procumbens appear to be darker green in color, in contrast to ashitaba leaves. Also, while the leaves of Gynura Procumbens are like the normal leaves of most plants (oval-shaped with no ridges), Japan ashitaba leaves are more defined with ridges.

Chalcones


Break the stem of each plant. Look for the yellow liquid that comes out. This sap is called chalcones, the powerful agent Japan ashitaba has and Gynura Procumbens does not. Chalcones can cure cysts, pustules and a wide array of other ailments.

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End Notes

The real ashitaba not being widespread in the Philippines does not mean that you should not know about them. The least you can do is not to be deceived by the misconceptions. 

If you have searched with all your might and still can't find ashitaba anywhere here, you can just acquire and grow Gynura Procumbens. Learn more about its medicinal properties in the video:


30 comments:

  1. Ashitaba sounds more effective than Gynura Procumbers, just basing it on what I read from your comparison. But how effective is it? What are the big differences of both plants in terms of usage and intake?

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    1. I'm not sure about how gynura procumbens work and how it's taken because I personally have not tried it. But I've read several blogs and articles about its health benefits and pretty much they offer the same good stuff - well, maybe primarily the exception here is the chalcones which the real ashitaba has and the local ashitaba does not.

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  2. Got interested to know more about Ashitaba and its benefits. with some side effects, I am considerate of using herbal instead of chemical

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    1. Today, more and more people are looking for ways they can be more healthy. One way many people choose to do this is by eating organic foods. An organic supplement can deliver nutrients to our bodies in their most pure form.

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  3. Ashitaba really has a lot of health benefits so it's good to know how it looks like compared to Gynure Procumbers.

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    1. Yup. So if you are interested to go for the gynura procumbens which grow abundantly in the Philippines, then watch out for Sulit ads. The plant (pot) is being sold for only P20/each (FREE Delivery within Metro Manila).

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  4. one should really make sure that he's buying and taking the correct food... this would surely form part of the herbs' list im buying. thanks. Yahweh bless. ralph. :)

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    1. Thanks for considering, Ralph. When it comes to making a decision on whether to buy organic or synthetic supplements, it is better to seek out the organic type. The reason behind this is that it has more vitamins and less toxins.

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  5. It's my first time to read about Ashitaba and it's good to know about its health benefits.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Peachy. I hope this article served you well to expand your knowledge on another medicinal plant. :)

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  6. I have been growing Ashitaba plants for 5 to 6 months. I am so excited to have this rare real plant growing, thanks for article.
    But it is driving me crazy that I have to wait a full year to harvest and they it will die once it goes to seed. I just thought by now I should be able to make some tea with the leaves or put a leaf in my green smoothies. I have only 4 leaves per plant still, is there a number of leaves I can watch for before I start harvesting?
    thanks
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen, how hot or cold is it there in the area where you are growing the ashitaba plants? The temperature and exposure to the sun may be two large factors affecting the plant's growth. Normally within a month's time you can see more than 20 leaves. I'm not sure why it's not the same in your case. I encountered a time when we did not water one pot of ashitaba for days and all the leaves turned brown and dried out. But after harvesting those that are bad, new and good ones grew in about a week and we can harvest about 3-4 leaves in a week.

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    2. Hello, may I know where can I get real ashitaba? thanks.

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  7. Hi Smple Amity, you can buy the seeds from Horizon Herbs or Amazon. Shipping from US to the Philippines can be done through Forex Cargo, Johnny Air or POBOX.ph.

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    1. May nagoffer na sakin sampaloc daw ito ung facebook site nila, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashitaba-Angelica-keiskei-koidzumi-for-Sale/300232080121742 kaso 1800 per pot, mahal nga eh.

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    2. Ay parehas tayo smple. Kaya nag antay muna ako pero nung nakita ko ulit facebook nila nag sale, bumili na ako dalawa.1500 lang each. Wala eh. Naghanap na ako kung saan saan lahat sila 3000 or 1800 per pot, wala na bumababa. Try mo antayin sale nila malamang mag ssale ulit yun.

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    3. Thanks for sharing. If you want cheaper, you can grow them from seeds.

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    4. I'm working here in Saudi, My wife brought 1 stem from the Philippines last November and it's growing fast, I have already cut 8-10 leaves and eat them raw..I notice that some leaves are turning black on the edges, is it because of the cold weather?

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    5. Hi Jolz, there are two possibilities. It could be because of temperature and you can be right to assume that it's the cold weather causing that. Another is the formation of sooty mold that roots from the secretion of small bugs that suck the sap from the ashitaba plant. You can physically wash away the molds and keep the other plants not infected by the "disease" away. Remove those with black edges and make sure that they don't infect the others.

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  8. Ashitaba introduce Trawas is a supplier of herbal raw materials of organic Ashitaba plant in Indonesia

    thank you
    regards
    iwan Setyabudi

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  9. Ms. Santos, I've been consuming Ashitaba for 10 plus years. I purchase my product through ashitaba.com.
    Hachi Jo Island Corporation.
    P.O. Box 660337, Arcadia, CA 91066-0337
    Email: customerservice@ashitaba.com

    How do I verify I'm getting the real thing?

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    1. Hi Steven. I'm not sure where you can get the same service but here in the Philippines, we can have The National Museum verify it for us.

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  10. hi, you can buy real ashitaba for 1500 pesos in quezon city circle......there’s a plant store there that sells ang grow real ashitaba (angelica keiskei) and they also have gynura precumbens.

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    1. Thanks for the share. Would you know how many stems each plant has and how tall their plants are already for that cost?

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    2. Hi brightdallas! Would you know if they are open any day of d week and wat time? I would like to buy for my mom who is currently battling cancer. Tnx in advance!

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    3. Hi, Rochkirstin and Nikko. Brightdallas is right, the ashitaba and gynura procumbens are sold there. At P1,500 the ashitaba are around a foot tall. The shops are there daily but it is always safer to go on weekends because most stalls are open early then, to anticipate the bigger flux of customers. I think at even 7am most are open.

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    4. Thanks for the reply. This is definitely helpful! :)

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  11. my sister bought a seed of ashitaba in japan thru a friend and its really hard to propagate they were so sensitive, we grew only a few pots. but tnx to her we got the real one as shown in the picture japanese ashitaba. they looks like celery in full growth.

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    1. Hi there. Thanks for dropping by and telling about your experience with growing real ashitaba. Hope you can also share the progress of the planting in the next few weeks /. months. :)

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