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Akapulko (Scientific Name: Cassia Alata) - A

Akapulko (Scientific Name: Cassia Alata) - A

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(scientific name:
Cassia alata
) - a shrub known to be a diuretic, sudorific and purgative. The medicinal uses of akapulko are to treat fungal infection of the skin and for thetreatment of ringworms. English name: ringworm bush.
(scientific name:
Momordica charantia
) - a vegetable used to treat diabetes (diabetesmellitus) it is now commercially produced in tablet form and tea bags. English name: bitter melon and bitter gourd.
(scientific name:
 Anona squamosa L.
) - a small tree used as a medicinal herb. The leaves,fruit and seeds are used in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery and fainting. English name: Sugar apple and Sweet sop.
(scientific name:
 Lagerstroemia speciosa
) - a tree found throughout the Philippines. Theleaves, roots, fruit and flowers all have medicinal uses. It is used in the treatment of diabetes andother ailments. It is a purgative and a diuretic.
(scientific name:
 Allium sativum
) - a specie of the onion family. English name: Garlic.It is used to reduce cholesterol in the blood and thus helps lower blood pressure.
(scientific name:
 Psidium guajava
) - more popularly known as guava, bayabas is asmall tree whose boiled leaves are used as an disinfectant to treat wounds. The decoction is alsoused as a mouth wash to treat gum infection and tooth decay. The bark is also used in childrenwith chronic diarrhea.
(scientific name:
 Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn
) - called China rose or Hibiscus in theWest, it is a common ornamental plant in the Philippines. As a medicinal herb, it is used as anexpectorant for coughs, cold, sore throat, fever and bronchitis.
(scientific name:
Vitex negundo
) - one of the better known of the medicinal plants inthe Philippines, lagundi (five-leaved chaste tree) is a shrub with many medicinal uses. It is usedfor the relief and treatment of coughs, asthma, dyspepsia, worms, colic, rheumatism and boils.The root is known to be an expectorant, tonic and febrifuge.
(scientific name:
 Zingiber officinale
) or Ginger. It is botanically not a root but a rhizome of the monocotyledonous perennial plant. It has many uses as a medicinal herb with antifungal,anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral, diuretic and antiseptic properties.
(scientific name:
Quisqualis indica L.
) - is a vine that is an effective in theelimination of intestinal worms, particularly the Trichina and Ascaris by ingesting its matureddried seeds. Chew (5 to 7 dried seeds for children or 8 to 10 seeds for adults) two hours after eating. Repeat treatment after a week if necessary. Roasted leaves are also used for fever anddiarrhea while pounded leaves are used for skin diseases. English name: Chinese honey suckle.
(scientific name:
Origanum vulgare
) - a perennial herb with antioxidant andantimicrobial properties. Commonly used for cooking in the West, it is used as a medicinal plantin the Philippines. A decoction of oregano leaves is taken internally for the prevention of 
degenerative arthritis, relief of cough, osteoarthritis, asthma and upset stomach.
(scientific name:
 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.
(scientific name:
 Blumea balsamifera
) - 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.
(scientific name:
 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.
(scientific name:
 Peperomia pellucida
) - 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.
(scientific name:
Clinopodium douglasii
) - 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
For fever - Place 1 teaspoon of the bark powder in 1 cup boiling water (infusion), cover for 10-15 minutes and drink.For jaundice, edema, dizziness,- Boil 10 pieces of roots, 6.5 cm long and 2.5. cm wide per piece,in 10 cups of water for one hour and drink.KATAKATAKAKatakataka (scientific name: Kalanchoe pinnaia) is an erect juicy herb reaching more than ameter high. In other dialects, it is known as maritana, lapak-lapak and in English, life plant. It is'abundant in thicket and open places, and is also cultivated for or ornamental purposes. The plantflowers for December to March.For medicinal purpose, the entire plant may be collected the whole year round. The parts arechiefly used fresh. And for a very important reminder, preparations from katakataka should not be taken internally. For sprains, eczema, infections, burn and headaches, just pound freshmaterial and apply as poultice on afflicted areas. Katakataka can be identified through it leaves.They are simple, thick and juicy, with scalloped margins; roots and baby plants may arise fromthese margins. The flowers o katakataka are hanging downward, reddish or purplish. The fruitsare dry, several seeded, opening on one side of the pod.As an antiseptic, Prepare a, tincture consisting of dried pounded rhizome (2 inches long) mixedwith oil and leave preparation for a week. Apply to cuts and wounds.CACTUSThe lowly nopal cactus, which grows wild in nearly all of Mexico and is even pictured on thenational flag; can have a wide variety of medical benefits. Researchers say the cactus can helpdieters as well as those suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Mexican scientistsrecently discovered that the juice of the nopal cactus may help alleviate a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. This was also the belief of pre-Hispanic Indians who once lived in thearea. The nopal, native to Mexico and southwestern United States, can grow up to 6 feet tall. It bears a fruit called the prickly pear or "tuna" in Spanish.
Cynara cardunculus
) may reduce productioncholesterollevels according to
and a small clinical study.
 Rubus fruticosus
) leaf has drawn the attention of the cosmetology community because it interferes with the metalloproteinases that contribute to skin wrinkling.
(Rubus occidentalis)
may have a role in preventing oral cancer.
 Boophone disticha
) This highly toxic plant has been used in South Africantraditional medicine for treatment of mental illness
. Research demonstrate
in vitro
in vivo
effect against depression.
(Petasites hybridus)
(Calendula officinalis)
has been used traditionally for abdominal cramps andconstipation.
 In animal research an aqueous-ethanol extract of 
Calendula officinalis
flowerswas shown to have both spasmolytic and spasmogenic effects, thus providing a scientificrationale for this traditional use.
 There is "limited evidence" that calendula cream or ointmentis effective in treating radiation dermatitis.
(Vaccinium oxycoccos)
may be effective in treating urinary tract infections inwomen with recurrent symptoms.
 Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida, Echinacea purpurea
) extracts maylimit the length and severity of rhinovirus colds; however, the appropriate dosage levels, whichmight be higher than is available over-the-counter, require further research.

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