degenerative arthritis, relief of cough, osteoarthritis, asthma and upset stomach.
Peperomia pellucida Linn.
) - an herb used to treat arthritis,gout, skin disorders, abdominal pains and kidney problems. It is applied to the skin as poultice or as a decoction when taken internally.
(Aloe barbadensis miller liquid) - one of the most common medicinal plants in thePhilippines that can be found in many Filipino homes. It is a succulent plant used to treat burns,cuts, eczema and other disorders. Aloe vera has antiviral, antifungal, antibiotic, antioxidant andantiparasitic properties.
) - a Philippine medicinal plant used to treatkidney disorders, colds, fever, rheumatism, hypertension and other ailments. As a diuretic, ithelps in the excretion of urinary stones. A decoction of leaves is taken internally for treatment. Itcan also be used as an edema. English name: Blumea Camphora.
Ehretia microphylla Lam.
) - a shrub prepared like tea, it is nowcommercially available in tablets, capsules and tea bags. This medicinal herb is effective intreating diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis and other stomach ailments. It has high fluorideconcentration making it a good mouth wash for the prevention of tooth decay. English name:Wild Tea.
) - an annual herb also known as "pansit- pansitan". It is a medicinal herb that is effective in treating gout, arthritis and prevents uric acid build up. A decoction of the plant is taken internally or the leaves and stem can be eaten fresh assalad. To make a decoction, boil a cup of washed chopped leaves in 2 cups of water, simmer for about 15 minutes, strain, let cool. Drink a cup 2 times a day after meals.
) - a vine of the mint family, popularlyknown as Peppermint. Its analgesic properties make it an ideal pain reliever to alleviate the body's aches and pains. A decoction of clean leaves is taken internally or externally as a poultice by pounding the leaves mixed with a little water then applied directly on the afflicted area.
- Although not a medicinal plant, VCO is a product of the coconuttree. VCO is one of the more popular alternative medicine widely used in the Philippines today.It is taken internally for various aliments like diabetes to high blood pressure. Topically, VCO isalso applied to the skin and scalp to nourish and heal.BANABABanaba (scientific name: Lagerstroenii speciosa) is commonly known as banaba in Tagalog andother dialects. Banaba tree grows from 4-15 m high, characteristically shedding off its leavesonce a year. It can b identified easily through its flowers, whit are lilac purple and have petalswith wavy margins. The parts which have medicinal uses are leaves, fruits, roots and bark. Thefollowing are its uses and applications:For treatment of diabetes, edema or to ease urination - Dry for a week 28 old leaves, 11 ripefruits, 50 of young leaves. Boil any of the above in 1 cup of water for 45 minutes until it isreduced to 1/5 cup. Redilute the tea to 1 cup and divide this into 3 parts to be taken 1 hour beforemeals