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(10) medicinal plants that the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) through its "Traditional Health Program" have 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: 1.Akapulko (Cassia alata) - also known as "bayabas-bayabasan" and "ringworm bush" in English, this herbal medicine is used to treat ringworms and skin fungal infections. Benefits & Treatment of Akapulko: External Use: Treatment of skin diseases: Tinea infections, insect bites, ringworms, eczema, scabies and itchiness. Mouthwash in stomatitis Internal use: Expectorant for bronchitis and dyspnoea Alleviation of asthma symptoms Used as diuretic and purgative For cough & fever As a laxative to expel intestinal parasites and other stomach problems. Preparation & Use: For external use, pound the leaves of the Akapulko plant, squeeze the juice and apply on affected areas. As the expectorant for bronchitis and dyspnoea, drink decoction (soak and boil for 10 to 15 minutes) of Akapulko leaves. The same preparation may be used as a mouthwash, stringent, and wash for eczema. As laxative, cut the plant parts (roots, flowers, and the leaves) into a manageable size then prepare a decoction Note: The decoction looses its potency if not used for a long time. Dispose leftovers after one day. The pounded leaves of Akapulko has purgative functions, specifically against ringworms. Note: A strong decoction of Akapulko leaves is an abortifacient. Pregnant women should not take decoction of the leaves or any part of this plant.
diabetes. dysentery. Health Benefits of Bawang-Garlic: . For headaches wounds. diarrhea. is extracted. may be used as stringent and applied to treat hemorrhoids. The ampalaya juice. 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 & fever remedy Treatment of intestinal worms. which also treats diarrhea.leaves or any part of this plant. burns and skin diseases. and chronic colitis. 3. it most known as a treatment of diabetes (diabetes mellitus). For other ailments. made from its leaves. the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally. for the non-insulin dependent patients. apply warmed leaves to afflicted area. 2. worms. and the root decoction.known as "bitter gourd" or "bitter melon" in English.Bawang (Allium sativum) . it mainly reduces cholesterol in the blood and hence. Powdered leaves.popularly known as "garlic". helps control blood pressure. Internal parasites are proven to be expelled when the ampalaya juice. diarrhea Helps prevent some types of cancer Enhances immune system to fight infection For treatment of hemorrhoids Is an antioxidant and parasiticide Is antibacterial and antipyretic Preparation & Use of Ampalaya: For coughs. and grounded seeds is to be taken one spoonful thrice a day. fever. juice Ampalaya leaves and drink a spoonful daily.Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) .
For sore throat and toothache. Cloves of garlic may be crushed and applied to affected areas to reduce the pain caused by arthritis. You may cover the afflicted area with a gauze and bandage. and water. nosebleeding For Hypertension. chopped garlic.Bayaba s (Psidium guajava) . and rheumatism. crush and juice the garlic bulb and apply. it can be used as a mouth wash to treat tooth decay and gum infection. 4. Uses of Bayabas : Antiseptic.Good for the heart Helps lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL) Aids in lowering blood pressure Remedy for arteriosclerosis May help prevent certain types of cancer Boosts immune system to fight infection With antioxidant properties Cough and cold remedy Relives sore throat. Also. fungi and ameba Used to treat diarrhea. peal the skin and chew. A decoction (boiling in water) or infusion of fresh leaves can be used for wound cleaning to prevent infection. Bayabas is also effective for toothaches. It is primarily used as an antiseptic. Note: Bayabas can cause constipation when consumed in excess. to disinfect wounds. Decoction of the bawang bulbs and leaves are used as treatment for fever. toothache. . For nasal congestion. toothache Aids in the treatment of tuberculosis Helps relieve rheumatism pain With anticoagulant properties Preparation of Bawang-Garlic: For disinfecting wound. Swallow the juice. astringent & anthelminthic Kills bacteria. diabetes and Asthma Promotes menstruation The fresh leaves are used to facilitate the healing of wounds and cuts."guava" in English. steam and inhale: vinegar. headache.
colds. It is effective in the elimination of intestinal worms. To stop nosebleed. The root is specially good for treating dyspepsia. and drink a cup every three to four hours. 6. densely roll Bayabas leaves. Some . these are taken to rid people of parasitic worms. and strain. diarrhea Treatment of cough.is a vine known as "Chinese honey suckle". colic and rheumatism. Drink half cup three times a day. boils. In the Philippines. particularly the Ascaris and Trichina. For toothaches. apply the decoction of leaves and roots directly on skin.Lagu ndi (Vitex negundo) . then place in the nostril cavities.) . fever and flu and other bronchopulmonary disorders Alleviate symptoms of Chicken Pox Removal of worms. Use decoction as mouthwash. wait a week before repeating the dose. Let cool. boil the chopped leaves for 15 minutes in water. or mixed with other ingredients. Benefits & Treatment of Niyog-Niyogan: Almost all of its parts are used individually.wash affected areas with the decoction of leaves 2 to 3 times a day. chew the leaves in your mouth. Fresh leaves may be applied to the wound directly for faster healing. 5. gargle. For skin diseases or disorders.Preparation: Boil one cup of Bayabas leaves in three cups of water for 8 to 10 minutes. For diarrhea. Use as wound disinfectant . Only the dried matured seeds are medicinal -crack and ingest the dried seeds two hours after eating (5 to 7 seeds for children & 8 to 10 seeds for adults). dyspepsia. Let cool. It's main use is for the relief of coughs and asthma Herbal Benefits of Lagundi: Relief of asthma & pharyngitis Recommended relief of rheumatism. boils.Niy og-niy ogan (Quisqualis indica L.known in English as the "5-leaved chaste tree". worms. as remedy to different ailments. If one dose does not eliminate the worms. and boils Preparation & Use: Boil half cup of chopped fresh or dried leaves in 2 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Adults may take 10 seeds while children 4 to 7 years of age may eat up to four seeds only.Sambong (Blumea balsamifera). is to be taken in as cure for fever. advice patients to consult their doctors as improper dosing may cause hiccups. 7. apply crushed and pounded leaves on forehead and temples. These are eaten raw two hours before the patient s last meal of the day. Decoction of the roots. A diuretic that helps in the excretion of urinary stones. The leaves can also be crushed or pounded and mixed with coconut oil. on the other hand. 8. sore throat Preparation & Use: A decoction (boil in water) of Sambong leaves as like tea and drink a glass 3 or 4 times a day.also use these to help alleviate coughs and diarrhea. Preparation & Use: Seeds of niyog-niyogan can be taken as an anthelmintic. It can also be used as an edema. Decoctions of its roots are also sometimes used as a remedy for rheumatism while its fruits are used as an effective way to relieve toothaches. this herbal medicine is effective in treating intestinal motility and also used as a mouth wash since the leaves of this shrub has high fluoride content.) . y Decoction of leaves is used as sponge bath. Children from ages 8 to 9 may take six seeds and seven seeds may be eaten by children 10 to 12 years old. Niyog-niyogan s leaves are used to cure body pains by placing them on specific problematic areas of the body. Health Benefits of Sambong: Good as a diuretic agent Effective in the dissolving kidney stones Aids in treating hypertension & rheumatism Treatment of colds & fever Anti-diarrheic properties Anti-gastralgic properties Helps remove worms.Prepared like tea. For headaches. Health Benefits of Tsaang Gubat: . Medical experts. boils Relief of stomach pains Treats dysentery.English name: Blumea camphora. Tsaang Gubat (Ehretia microphylla Lam. Compound decoctions of the leaves of niyog-niyogan are used in India to alleviate flatulence.
Yerba Buena may be used to treat: Arthritis Head aches Tooth aches Mouth wash Relief of intestinal gas . Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii) . For the decoction. The leaves can be eaten fresh (about a cupful) as salad or like tea. abscesses.commonly known as Peppermint. Pansit-pansitan is used as an herbal medicine for the treatment of: Arthritis Gout Skin boils. let cool and drink a cup after meals (3 times day). Boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Ulasimang Bato | Pansit-Pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) . Chop to a desirable size and boil 1 cup of chopped leaves in 2 cups of water.It is effective in fighting arthritis and gout. Take a cupful every 4 hours for diarrhea. Drink as tea daily for general good health.Stomach pains Gastroenteritis Intestinal motility Dysentery Diarrhea or Loose Bowel Movement (LBM) Mouth gargle Body cleanser/wash Preparation & Use: Thoroughly wash the leaves of tsaang gubat in running water. It can be taken internally as a decoction or externally by pounding the leaves and applied directly on the afflicted area. 9. this vine is used as an analgesic to relive body aches and pain. boil a cup of clean chopped leaves in 2 cups of water. gastroenteritis and stomach pains. pimples Headache Abdominal pains kidney problems 10. Gargle for stronger teeth and prevent cavities. Boil in low heat for 15 to 20 minutes and drain. Strain.
Stomach aches Indigestion Drink as tea for general good health. squeeze juice out and apply on a cotton ball then bite on to the aching tooth. pound the fresh leaves. take a cupful every 3 hours. Boil in medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Preparation & Use: Wash fresh Yerba Buena leaves in running water. As analgesic. crush) and boil 2 teaspoons of leaves in a glass of water. For tooth aches. . Chop to size for dried leaves. Yerba buena leaves may be heated over fire and placed over the forehead for headaches.
Niyug-niyogan (Quisqualis indica L) Uses: Ascaris 6. gingivitis. cough. anti-urolithiasis 4. antiseptic agent 9. Lagundi (Vitex negundo L) Uses: asthma.The 10 Herbal Medicines Endorsed by the DOH 1. Sambong (Blumea balsamifera (L) DC) Uses: diuretic. Ulasimang bato (Peperomia pellucida) Uses: anit-hyperuricemic. Akapulco (Cassia lata L) Uses: antifungal agent (topical) 10. anit-gout 7. Bayabas (Psidium guajava L) Uses: tooth decay. Bawang (Allium sativum) Uses: anti-hypercholesterolemia 8. Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) Uses: Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus . stomatitis. Tsaang gubat (Carmona retusa (Vahl) Masam) Uses: stomach pains 5. Yerba Buena (Menthax cordifolia Opiz ex Frescen) Uses: muscle pain 3. fever 2.
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