These are the list of the ten (10) medicinal plants that the Philippine Department
of Health (DOH) through its "Traditional Health Program" has endorsed. All ten
(10) herbs have been thoroughly tested and have been clinically proven to have
medicinal value in the relief and treatment of various aliments:
A shrub known in English as the \u201c5-leaved chase tree\u201d which grows wild in vacant lots and waste
land. The flowers are blue and bell-shaped and small fruits turn black when ripe. It is better to
collect the leaves where are in bloom. Matured branches are planted.
Headache- crushed leaves may be applied on the forehead.
Rheumatism, sprain, contusion insect bites- pound the leaves and apply on affected part.
Aromatic bath for sick patients - prepare leaf decoction for use in sick and newly delivered
A small multi- branching aromatic herb commonly known as Peppermint. The leaves are small,
elliptical ands with soothed margin. The stem creeps to ground, and develops roots. May also be
propagated through cuttings.
English name: Blumea camphora
A plant that reaches 1.5 to 3 meters high with rough hairy leaves. Young plants around mother
plant may be separated when they have three or more leaves.
glassful remains. Cool and strain.
Divide decoction into 3 parts. Drink one part 3 times a day.
Remember that sambong is not a medicine for kidney infection.
A vine known as \u201cChinese honey suckle\u201d which bears tiny fruits and grows wild in backyards. It is
effective for the elimination of intestinal worms. The seeds must come from mature. Dried but
newly opened fruits. Propagated through stem cuttings about 20cm in height.
For washing wounds- may be used twice a day.
For diarrhea- may be taken 3-4 twice a day.
As gargle and to relieve toothache. Warm decoction is used for gargle. Freshly pounded leaves
Use: anti-fungal: Tinea Flava, ringworm, athlete\u2019s foot and scabies.
Preparation: Fresh, matured leaves pounded. Apply as soap to the affected part 1-2 times a day.
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