Where does the Ignatia plant come from in the Philippines?

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Ignatia is a common term to describe a plant species under the genus Strychnos that has been known to have medicinal benefits. It is a native plant in China and Philippines where researches regarding its medicinal value is being researched. It was named after the founder of the Jesuit Missionary Society Saint Ignatius de Loyola. 

Ignatia is used locally in the Philippines as an antidepressant as well as to treat insomnia, haemorrhoids, anxiety, headaches, heart palpitations and many more. Since there is wide research being conducted on this plant, plantation of Ignatia has increased. Since Ignatia is a native plant in the Philippines, you can find it anywhere in the country especially in some parts in the South Luzon and Eastern Visayas area. Ignatia grows abundantly in Masbate Island and in Catbalogan and Paranas in the island of Samar.

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