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Banaba Has Been Used in Filipino Folkloric Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Diabetes for Centuries

Banaba Has Been Used in Filipino Folkloric Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Diabetes for Centuries



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Banaba has been used in Filipino folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes for centuries. It is now gaining popularity and getting recognition as aherbal medicine not only in the Philippines but worldwide. Banaba is alsoknown as Queen's Flower, Crepe Myrtle and the Pride of India. In India, Banabahas also been used to cure diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time.
Recent studies and laboratory test showed that it's active ingredient,
corosolic acid 
is a potent compound that has insulin like effect to lower glucose in thebody and is effective in treating diabetes. Initial findings also shows thatBanaba extract may delay and reduce the absorption of carbohydrates in thebody and promote weight loss.
Aside from the medicinal value of Banaba, as a herbal medicine, it is also goodfor the health. Banaba contains high concentrations of dietary fiber andminerals such as zinc and magnesium. The leaves can be boiled and takendaily as tea.There have been no findings of any negative side effects when taking Banabaextract orally. However, caution is advised against taking Banaba with anydiabetic drug or any other drug. Always consult with a qualified physician or amedical practitioner before taking any medication or any herbal medicine.Benefits & Treatment of Banaba:
• Diabetes• Fights obesity• Helps regulate blood pressure• Good for the kidneys• Aids the digestive system• Helps ease urinationPreparation & Use
Note: Fresh leaves, dried leaves,flowers, ripe fruit, root and bark of Banaba can all be used.• Wash the leaves in running water (if fresh). Cut into smaller pieces if desired.• Boil Banaba
Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) or it's scientific name,
Momordica charantia
has beena folkloric cure for generations but has now been proven to be an effectiveherbal medicine for many aliments. Most significant of which is for Diabetes.The Philippine variety has proven to be most potent. Ampalaya contains amixture of flavanoids and alkaloids make the Pancreas produce more insulinthat controls the blood sugar in diabetics. Aside from Ampalaya's medicinalvalue, it is good source of vitamins A, B and C, iron, folic acid, phosphorousand calcium.
Ampalaya has been for used even by the Chinese for centuries. The effectivelyof Ampalaya as an herbal medicine has been tried and tested by manyresearch clinics and laboratories worldwide. In the Philippines, the Departmentof Health has endorsed Ampalaya as an alternative medicine to help alleviatevarious ailments including diabetes, liver problems and even HIV.Herbal Benefits of Ampalaya:
• Good for rheumatism and gout• And diseases of the spleen and liver• Aids in lowering blood sugar levels• Helps in lowering blood pressure• Relives headaches• Disinfects and heals wounds & burns• Can be used as a cough & feverremedy• Treatment of intestinal worms,diarrhea• Helps prevent some types of cancer• Enhances immune system to fightinfection• Is an antioxidant, parasiticide,antibacterial & antipyretic
Preparation of Ampalaya:
• For coughs, fever, worms, diarrhea,diabetes, juice the Ampalaya leavesand drink a spoonful every day.• For other ailments, the fruit andleaves can both be juiced and takenorally.• For headaches wounds, burns andskin diseases, apply warmed leaves toafflicted area.Note: In large dozes, pure Ampalaya juice can be a purgative andabortifacient.
Yerba Buena is a herb of the mint family. It is an aromatic plant used as herbalmedicine worldwide. It has elongated leaves and in summer bears smallwhitish or purplish flowers. The word Yerba Buena is Spanish for "good herb"and was the former name of the California city of San Francisco.Yerba Buena has been consumed for centuries as tea and herbal medicine as apain reliever (analgesic). Native American Indians used it even before the"white men" colonized the Americas. Today, this folk medicine's efficacy hasbeen validated by scientific research. In the Philippines, Yerba Buena is one of the 10 herbs endorsed by the Department of Heath (DOH) as an effectivealternative medicine for aches and pains.As an herbal medicine, a decoction (boil leaves then strain) of Yerba Buena iseffective for minor ailments such as headaches, toothaches and joint pains. Itcan also relive stomach aches due to gas buildup and indigestion. The freshand dried leaves can both be used for the decoction. And because Yerba Buenabelongs to the mint family, soaking fresh leaves in a glass of water (30 to 45minutes) makes for a good mouth wash for a clean, fresh smelling breath.
Benefits & Treatment of :
• Arthritis• Head aches• Tooth aches• Mouth wash• Relief of intestinal gas• Stomach aches• Indigestion• Drink as tea for general goodhealth. 
Preparation & Use
• Wash fresh Yerba Buena leaves inrunning water. Chop to size for driedleaves, crush) and boil 2 teaspoons of leaves in a glass of water. Boil inmedium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.• As analgesic, take a cupful every 3hours.• For tooth aches, pound the freshleaves, squeeze juice out and applyon a cotton ball then bite on to theaching tooth.• Leaves may be heated over fire andplaced over the forehead forheadaches.

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