Akapulko or Acapulco in English is a shrub found throughout the Philippines. It is known under various names in different regions in the country. Locals call the ancient plant, andadasi, and palochina in Tagalog, Ilocos and in the Visayas regions, respectively. The shrub belongs to the family of Leguminosae, and grows about one to two meters tall. It has thick branches and leaves are embraced with 8 to 20 leaflets that are oblong-Elliptical in shape. The flowers of Akapulko have oblong sepals, and its fruits are tetragonal, which are also winged and glabrous. A Medicinal herb that contains chrysophanic acid, a fungicide used to treat fungal infections, like ringworms, scabies, and eczema. Akapulko also contains saponin, a laxative that is useful in expelling intestinal parasites.
The primary part used for purposes Herbs are the leaves, although The Roots and flowers are also used for certain preparations with Medicinal value. The extracts from the Akapulko plant is commonly used as an ingredient for lotions, soaps and Shampoos.