Root of Moghania (Moghania philippinensis)一條根
Moghania(1) root is an endemic(2) medical herb of Kinmen. It has a typical root shape, and its root is the only part of the plant with medicinal(3) qualities. According to ancient Chinese medical records, the root can be used to alleviate(4) arthritis(5) pain and bodily soreness. The root is mature and ready for medical use only after three years of age. So it is expensive due to its scarcity.(6) Recently, the government of Kinmen has made plans to assist local farmers in cultivating the plant. Also, local businesses have studied scientific ways to make foods and medicines from Moghania root in the forms of tea bags, adhesive cloth, medical pastes, tonic(7) bags, and so on.