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10 Herbal Meds

10 Herbal Meds



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Ten (10) Herbal Medicines in the Philippines
Approved by the Department of Health (DOH)

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:

LAGUNDI(Vitex Negundo )

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.

Parts utilized:leaves, flower.
Asthma, cough and fever- boil the chopped raw fruits or leaves in 2 glasses of water left for 15
minutes until the water left in only one glass. Strain. The following dosages of the decoction are
given to age group.
Dysentery, colds and pain in any part of the body as influenza \u2013 boil a handful of leaves and
flowers in water to produce a glass full of decoction 3 times a day.
Skin Diseases (dermatitis, scabies, ulcer, eczema) and wounds \u2013 prepare a decoction of the
leaves. Wash and clean the skin/ wound with the decoction.

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

Yerba Buena(Clinopodium douglasii )

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.

Parts utilized:leaves, sap of plant
For pain in different parts of the body as headache, stomach ache \u2013 boil chopped leaves in two
glasses of water for 15 minutes. Cool and strain.
Divide decoction into two parts and drink one part every three hours.
Rheumatism, arthritis and headache \u2013 crush the fresh leaves squeeze sap. Massage sap on
painful parts with eucalyptus.
Cough and colds \u2013 get about 10 fresh leaves and soak in a glass of hot water. Drink as tea. Acts
as an expectorant.
Swollen Gums \u2013 steep 6 grams of fresh plant in a glass of boiling water for 30 minutes. Use
solution as gargle.
Toothache \u2013 cut fresh plant and squeeze sap. Soak a piece of cotton in the sap and insert this in
aching tooth cavity. Mouth should be rinsed by gargling salt solution before inserting the cotton.
To prepare salt solution add 5 grams of table salt to one glass of water.
Menstrual and gas pain \u2013 soak a handful of leaves in a glass of boiling water. Drink infusion. It
induces menstrual flow and sweating.
Nausea and fainting \u2013 crush leaves and apply at nostrils of patients.
Insect bites \u2013 crush leaves and apply juice on affected part or pound leaves until paste-like.
Then rub this on affected part.
Pruritis- boil plant alone or with eucalyptus in water. Use decoction as wash on affected area.
Sambong ( Blumea Balsamifera)

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.

Parts utilized:leaves
Anti- edema, diuretic, anti- urolithiasis -boil chopped leaves in water for 15 minutes until one

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.

Tsaang Gubat (Carmona retusa)
A shrub with small, shiny nice- looking leaves that grows in wild uncultivated areas and forests.
Mature stems are used for planting.
Parts utilized:leaves
Diarrhea \u2013 boil the following amount of chopped leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 minutes or
until amount of water goes down to 1 glass. Cool and strain.
Divide decoction into 4 parts. Let patient drink 1 part every 3 hours.
Stomachache- wash leaves and chop. Boil chopped leaves in 1 glass of water for 15 minutes.
Cool and filter, strain and drink.
Niyug- Niyugan (Quisqualis Indica L.)

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.

Parts utilized:seeds
An anti- helmintic- used to expel round worms ascariasis. The seeds are taken 2 hours after
supper. If no worms are expelled, the dose may be repeated after one week.
This is not to be given to children below four years old.
Special precautions: Follow recommended dosage. Overdose causes hiccups.
Bayabas / Guava (Psidium Guajava L.)
A tree about 4- 5 meters high with tiny flowers with round or oval fruits that are eaten raw.
Propagated through seeds.
Parts utilized:lea ves

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

are used for toothache. Guava leaves are to be washed well and chopped. Boil for 15 minutes at
low fire. Do not cover pot. Cool and strain before use.
Akapulko (Cassie, alata L.)
It is also known as "bayabas-bayabasan" and "ringworm bush" in English, this herbal medicine
is used to treat ringworms and skin fungal infections.

Parts utilized: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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