Uses: Mussaenda philippica v. aurora, one of the parents of this plant, is used in traditional medicine. Some of the ways include: - Plant is used for dysentery and snake bites.
• Decoction of roots and leaves used for affections of the chest and lung.
• Root and the while, full-grown sepals are used in jaundice.
• Bark used for stomach ache.
• Externally, decoction of leaves used as emollient.
• For influenza, the tambalan healers of Samar use the scrappings of the bark of M. philippica and C. dichotoma. Mixed and pounded, the expressed juice strained and mixed with lemon extract; taken three times daily.
from Philippine alternative Medicine, http://www.stuartxchange.org/DonaAurora.html
Culture: Grows best with considerable ground moisture in shade. Easily becomes deficient in minor nutrients, deficiency shown through yellowing of leaves and defoliation. Not salt tolerant.