Espiritu, Sarah C. BSN 2-6

Akapulko or Acapulco in English is a shrub found throughout the Philippines. Ampalaya has been for used even by the Chinese for centuries. A medicinal herb that contains chrysophanic acid. eczema. the Department of Health has endorsed Ampalaya as an alternative medicine to help alleviate various ailments including diabetes. • Internal: Expectorant for bronchitis and dyspnoea. a laxative that is useful in expelling intestinal parasites. Momordica charantia has been a folkloric cure for generations but has now been proven to be an effective herbal medicine for many aliments. ringworms. Preparation: • For external use. A strong decoction of the leaves is an abortifacient. The effectively of Ampalaya as an herbal medicine has been tried and tested by many research clinics and laboratories worldwide. pound the leaves of the Akapulko plant. Dispose leftovers after one day. mouthwash in stomatitis. B and C. scabies and itchiness. used as diuretic and purgative. Most significant of which is for Diabetes. for cough & fever. a fungicide used to treat fungal infections. Akapulko also contains saponin. Note: The decoction looses its potency if not used for a long time. it is good source of vitamins A. squeeze the juice and apply on affected areas. alleviation of asthma symptoms. insect bites. iron. Uses of Akapulko: • Treatment of skin diseases: Tinea infections. folic acid. like ringworms. liver problems and even HIV. The Philippine variety has proven to be most potent. 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 . • For internal use: cut the plant parts into a manageable size then soak and boil for 10 to 15 minutes let cool and use as soon as possible. scabies and eczema. Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) or it's scientific name. phosphorous and calcium. as a laxative to expel intestinal parasites and other stomach problems. soaps and shampoos. Ampalaya contains a mixture of flavanoids and alkaloids make the Pancreas produce more insulin that controls the blood sugar in diabetics. The extracts from the Akapulko plant is commonly used as an ingredient for lotions. Aside from Ampalaya's medicinal value. In the Philippines.

yeast and viral infections. diabetes. Several clinical test and published studies have shown the efficacy of bawang in lowering cholesterol in the blood and is beneficial to the circulatory system of the body. Bawang/garlic is known as nature's antibiotic. Because of Bawang's antibacterial compound known as Allicin. lives were saved by preventing wounds from having infection and later develop into gangrene when the juice of Bawang or garlic was applied to the wounds. pure Ampalaya juice can be a purgative and abortifacient. It's juices inhibits the growth of fungi and viruses thus prevents viral. burns and skin diseases. Benefits of Bawang: • 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. Note: In large dozes. the Philippine Department of Health has endorsed bawang as one of the ten Philippine herbs with therapeutic value and recommends it's use as an alternative herbal medicine. • For other ailments.• Relives headaches • Disinfects and heals wounds & burns • Can be used as a cough & fever remedy • Treatment of intestinal worms. juice the Ampalaya leaves and drink a spoonful every day. diarrhea. diarrhea • Helps prevent some types of cancer • Enhances immune system to fight infection • Is an antioxidant. Bawang or Garlic (scientific name: Allium sativum) is one of the most widely used herbal medicine in the Philippines. It's medicinal properties has been known for a long time and has been specially proven during World War II. worms. toothache . Preliminary test also shows some positive results in the treatment of AIDS. After thorough research and test. fever. apply warmed leaves to afflicted area. the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally. • For headaches wounds. parasiticide. Today as more research is done with bawang. antibacterial & antipyretic Preparation of Ampalaya: • For coughs. more medicinal and therapeutic properties become more evident. The Philippine bawang variety is more pungent than the imported ones.

The fruit turns yellowish-green and soft when ripe. • For toothaches. astringent & anthelminthic • Kills bacteria. wash affected areas 2 to 3 times a day.eat raw garlic bulb. The bark and leaves can be used as astringent. crush and juice the garlic bulb and apply. • For sore throat and toothache. Note: Bayabas can cause constipation when consumed in excess. Let cool. peal the skin and chew. bark and leaves are used. arteriosclerosis and other ailments. the bayabas fruit. The round globular bayabas fruit starts as a flower and is usually harvested and eaten while still green. Bayabas or guava is one of the most popular therapeutic plants in the Philippines. The most common use of the leaves is for cleaning and disinfecting wounds by rinsing the afflicted area with a decoction of the leaves. contains a very high concentration of vitamin C. Preparation: • Boil one cup of Bayabas leaves in three cups of water for 8 to 10 minutes. As a herbal medicine. garlic is also recommended for maintaining good health . Uses of Bayabas: • Antiseptic. • Aside from being an herbal medicine for hypertension. fungi and ameba • Used to treat diarrhea in children • For Hypertension. chew the leaves in your mouth. It's healthy and taste good in a variety of dishes. . Bayabas is a small tree that can grow up to 3 meters tall with greenish-brownish smooth bark. Swallow the juice. A decoction or infusion of fresh leaves can be used for wound cleaning to prevent infection. aside form being delicious. You may cover the afflicted area with a gauze and bandage. • To use as mouthwash. The fruit.• Aids in the treatment of tuberculosis • With anticoagulant properties Preparation of Bawang: • For disinfecting wound. and include bawang regularly in the food you eat. • To use as wound disinfectant. Bayabas is also effective for toothaches. gargle. diabetes and Asthma • Promotes menstruation The fresh leaves are used to facilitate the healing of wounds and cuts.

and boils Preparation: • Boil half cup of chopped fresh or dried leaves in 2 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. A decoction is made by boiling the parts of the plant and taken orally. Lagundi is available in capsule form and syrup for cough. bronchial asthma. Benefits: • Relief of asthma & pharyngitis • Recommended relief of rheumatism. flu. Lagundi has been clinically tested to be effective in the treatment of colds. worms. . • The root is specially good for treating dyspepsia. flowers. Drink half cup three times a day. Studies have shown that Lagundi can prevent the body's production of leukotrienes which are released during an asthma attack. It can be described as a cross between a shrub and a tree with a single woody stem (trunk). Sambong (scientific name: Blumea balsamifera) is a amazing medicinal plant. Lagundi tablets (300 mg) are available from the Department of Health's Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) Telephone # (632) 727-6199. it is used to aid the treatment of kidney disorders. Lagundi's distinctive feature are the pointed leaves with five leaflets set like a hand. boils. Today. dyspepsia. colic and rheumatism. diarrhea • Treatment of cough. Lagundi contains Chrysoplenol D. fever and flu and other bronchopulmonary disorders • Alleviate symptoms of Chicken Pox • Removal of worms. seeds and root of Lagundi can all be used as herbal medicine. chronic bronchitis and pharyngitis. It is one of the ten herbal medicines endorsed by the Philippine Department of Health as an effective herbal medicine with proven therapeutic value. Sambong is one herbal medicine (of ten) approved by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) in treating particular disorders. it helps dispose of excess water and sodium (salt) in the body. The leaves. Boil as with the leaves. • The lagundi flowers are also good for diarrhea and fever. It is a antiurolithiasis and work as a diuretic. Plant Description: The Lagundi plant can grow up to five meters tall. Since it is a diuretic. A substance with anti-histamine properties and muscle relaxant.Lagundi (scientific name: Vitex negundo) is a shrub that grows in the Philippines. boils. colds. The Sambong leaves can also be used to treat colds and mild hypertension.

Powdered Sambong leaves are available in 250 mg tablets at the DOH's Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) Telephone # (632) 727-6199. Benefits: • Good as a diuretic agent • Effective in the dissolving kidney stones • Aids in treating hypertension & rheumatism • Treatment of colds & fever • Anti-diarrheic & Anti-gastralgic properties • Helps remove worms. Putputai (Bicol Region) and Maragued (Ilocos Region). boils • Treats dysentery. sore throat Preparation: • Boil the leaves as like tea and drink 3 or more times a day. Alibungog (Visayas Region). Chop to a desirable size and boil 1 cup of chopped leaves in 2 cups of water. . • The leaves can also be crushed or pounded and mixed with coconut oil. Forest Tea. it is now available commercially in capsules. In folkloric medicine. Aside from the traditional way of taking Tsaag Gubat. Tsaang Gubat is also knows as: Wild Tea. Scientific name: Ehretia Microphylla Lam. Tsaang Gubat is one of the 10 herbs that is endorsed the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an antispasmodic for abdominal (stomach) pains. as cure for diarrhea. it is used as a mouth gargle for preventing tooth decay. tablets and tea bags. Boil in low heat for 15 to 20 minutes and drain. Research and test now prove it's efficacy as an herbal medicine. Benefits & Treatment of : • Stomach pains • Gastroenteritis • Intestinal motility • Dysentery • Diarrhea or Loose Bowel Movement (LBM) • Mouth gargle • Body cleanser/wash Preparation & Use • Thoroughly wash the leaves in running water. And is registered as a herbal medicine at the Philippine Bureau of Food & Drug (BFAD). the leaves has been used as a disinfectant wash during child birth. Tsaang Gubat is a shrub (small tree) that grows (from 1 to 5 meters) abundantly in the Philippines. as tea for general good heath and because Tsaang Gubat has high fluoride content.

• Take a cupful every 4 hours for diarrhea. olasiman-ihalas & tangon-tangon in the Philippines. It can be found wild on lightly shaded and damp areas such as nooks.1 cup in the morning and another cup in the evening. Like any herbal medicine it is not advisable to take any other medication in combination with any herbs. Pansit-pansitan has heart shaped leaves. Taken as a salad. The decoction of leaves and stalks is also good for abdominal pains and kidney problems. bruise the surface and apply on the forehead. It can be harvested. Likewise a decoction can be used as a rinse to treat skin disorders. English name: peperomia. The word Yerba Buena is Spanish for "good herb" and was the former name of the California city of San Francisco. Pansit-pansitan is used as an herbal medicine for the treatment of: • Arthritis • Gout • Skin boils. Consult with a medical practitioner knowledgeable in herbal medicine before any treatment. • Gargle for stronger teeth and prevention of cavities. pound the leaves and/or the stalks and make a poultice (boil in water for a minute or two then pounded) then applied directly to the afflicted area. gastroenteritis and stomach pains. Native American Indians used it even before the "white men" . succulent stems with tiny flowers on a spike. heat a couple of leaves in hot water. pimples • Headache • Abdominal pains • kidney problems Yerba Buena is a herb of the mint family. abscesses. walls. When matured. yards and even roofs. Pansit-pansitan (family: Piperaceae) is an herbal medicine also known as Ulasimanbato. • Drink as tea daily for general good health. It is an aromatic plant used as herbal medicine worldwide. pansit-pansitan helps relive rheumatic pains and gout. Yerba Buena has been consumed for centuries as tea and herbal medicine as a pain reliever (analgesic). Pansit-pansitan is a small herb that grows from 1 to 1 1/2 feet. washed and eaten as fresh salad. For headaches. the small fruits bear one seed which fall of the ground and propagate. pimples and boils. It has elongated leaves and in summer bears small whitish or purplish flowers. For the herbal treatment of skin disorders like abscesses. An infusion or decoction (boil 1 cup of leaves/stem in 2 cups of water) can also be made and taken orally . The leaves and stalk of pansit-pansitan are edible.

Chop to size for dried leaves.philippineherbalmedicine. • As analgesic. pound the fresh leaves. The fresh and dried leaves can both be used for the decoction. a decoction (boil leaves then strain) of Yerba Buena is effective for minor ailments such as headaches. • For tooth aches.org/ . And because Yerba Buena belongs to the mint family. As an herbal medicine. Preparation & Use • Wash fresh Yerba Buena leaves in running water. It can also relive stomach aches due to gas buildup and indigestion. Boil in medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. fresh smelling breath. take a cupful every 3 hours. In the Philippines. soaking fresh leaves in a glass of water (30 to 45 minutes) makes for a good mouth wash for a clean. • Leaves may be heated over fire and placed over the forehead for headaches. toothaches and joint pains.colonized the Americas. squeeze juice out and apply on a cotton ball then bite on to the aching tooth. crush) and boil 2 teaspoons of leaves in a glass of water. SOURCE: http://www. Today. Benefits & Treatment of : • Arthritis • Head aches • Tooth aches • Mouth wash • Relief of intestinal gas • Stomach aches • Indigestion • Drink as tea for general good health. this folk medicine's efficacy has been validated by scientific research. Yerba Buena is one of the 10 herbs endorsed by the Department of Heath (DOH) as an effective alternative medicine for aches and pains.

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