Sheila Mae O.


Herbal Medicine in the Philippines
Ampalaya (Momordica charantia)
Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) with a scientific name Momordica charantia, is a climbing vine and the tendrils of which grow up to 20 centimeters long. This herbal plant belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae, and it is a tropical as well as a subtropical vine. Ampalaya leaves are heart-shaped, which are 5 to 10 centimeters in diameter. The fruits of the ampalaya vine are fleshy green with pointed ends at length. It can never be mistaken for any other variety because its ribbed and wrinkled surface had always been ampalaya’s distinct physical structure. The bitter taste of the ampalaya fruit had also been the distinguishing factor from the rest of the fruits with medicinal value, and this is due to the presence of a substance known as momorcidin. Ampalaya has been a folkloric cure for generations but has now been proven to be an effective herbal medicine for many aliments. Most significant of which is for Diabetes. The Philippine variety has proven to be most potent. Ampalaya contains a mixture of flavanoids and alkaloids make the Pancreas produce more insulin that controls the blood sugar in diabetics. Aside from Ampalaya's medicinal value, it is good source of vitamins A, B and C, iron, folic acid, phosphorous and calcium. Ampalaya has been for used even by the Chinese for centuries. The effectively of Ampalaya as an herbal medicine has been tried and tested by many research clinics and laboratories worldwide. In the Philippines, the Department of Health has endorsed Ampalaya as an alternative medicine to help alleviate various ailments including diabetes, liver problems and even HIV. Aside from these, ampalaya also helps treat skin diseases and cough. Its herbal value extends to increasing the sterility of women, in parasiticide, antipyretic, and has purgative functions, as well. Note: In large dozes, pure Ampalaya juice can be a purgative and abortifacient. 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, 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, fever, worms, diarrhea, diabetes, juice Ampalaya leaves and drink a spoonful daily. • For other ailments, the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally. • For headaches wounds, burns and skin diseases, apply warmed leaves to afflicted area. • Powdered leaves, and the root decoction, may be used as stringent and applied to treat hemorrhoids. • Internal parasites are proven to be expelled when the ampalaya juice, made from its leaves, is extracted. The ampalaya juice, and grounded seeds is to be taken one spoonful thrice a day, which also treats diarrhea, dysentery, and chronic colitis.

Balanoi or Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Balanoi is a plant, which belongs to the family of Lamiaceae, grows to an erect length of 50 to 80 centimeters, the leaves of which are oval-shaped, and have slightly-toothed edges. The flowers of balanoi or common basil are either white or purple. The compounds that can be extracted from this plant vary, but it has been determined through various experiments and researches that its dried leaves contain 0.20% to 1% of essential oils. Balanoi has been renowned throughout the Philippines and in various parts of the world because of its medicinal and health benefits. It can be found all over the country, and have several uses. Balanoi's use is not only limited to medicinal purposes, rather, extracts of common basil can be found in cosmetics, and are mixed in liquors and fragrances as well. For instance, in South Africa and in India, the rhizomes of the Balanoi plant are extracted and are used as mosquito repellant. This plant has also been found to aid people that suffer from various health ailments. Studies have shown that there are particular activities on which Balanoi plant extracts and oils address. For one, it serves as an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medicine because of ethanol substance that it has. It has also been used as a stimulant, and has been found to be an effective means to remove cold sores. In the Philippines, it is an option to alleviate pain caused by headaches, cramps, and even shortness of breath. The same goes true for sprains, and the way to do this is to rub the oil or the extract of the Balanoi plant leaves, mixed with alcohol, to the ailing part of the body. Balanoi also manifests anti-bacterial activities, in such a manner that intestinal worms are eradicated from the body when the ethanol extracts derived from it are taken in as a form of medication. There have also been clinical experiments showing that balanoi extracts, especially its ethanol content, can be used as anti-cancer, anti-ulcer, antidiabetic and even shows promise for the protection of humans from radiation.

corosolic acid is a potent compound that has insulin like effect to lower glucose in the body and is effective in treating diabetes. rosemary and ruta. the application of which may be continuous day and night. they are suggested to drink one glass of boiled balanoi leaves. A combined weight of 40 grams basil leaves incorporated with 200 grams of water is to be used for gargling in order to remove cold sores. and three to four cups are supposed to be drank a day. It grows to a height as high as 20 meters. banaba is also cultivated and known for its beautiful flowers. Banaba has also been used to cure diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time. consisting of twelve leaves mixed with one and a half liters of water. they are supposed to prepare a mixture of 100 grams of balanoi leaves with a liter of water. Crepe Myrtle and the Pride of India. Various research on Banaba conducted in Japan prove true the belief that this plant contains high levels of corosilic acid. and ranges from the shape of elliptical-ovate to oblong. These leaves are shed by the plant during the first months of the year. a substance known as one of the many treatments for diabetes mellitus. Its leaves are large. it is recommended for the individual to permeate about twenty (20) balanoi leaves with 200 grams of water. simple headache and occasional sprains. and what makes it ideal is that. When the balanoi leaves are to be used to stimulate the body. Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa) Banaba. one should grind a concoction of balanoi. Banaba is rapidly becoming known as a natural plant insulin. It should be rubbed to the ailing or throbbing part for eight days. depending on the nature for which it is going to be used. the scientific name of which is Lagerstroemia speciosa. The amount of raw materials and extracts that are needed also vary depending on the use. is a tropical flowery tree. Lastly. in equal proportion. the herbal preparation may also be taken orally. Recent studies and laboratory test showed that it's active ingredient. Besides its medicinal value. until the cold sores are gone. As for its antibacterial purposes. Banaba is also known as Queen's Flower. without any . for the aid that it effects for pains caused by rheumatism. Banaba has been used in Filipino folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes for centuries. and if one is interested in this. Balanoi also helps regulate the women’s menstrual cycle. during early mornings or when the person still has an empty stomach. ten grams of balanoi leaves fused with 100 grams of water should be boiled and drank a glass per day. Health experts suggest that this be done three times every day.Preparation of Balanoi as Herbal Medication: There are several ways to prepare the plant for medication. It is recommended for people to drink four cups of this preparation several days before one’s expected period. twice a day. In India. and are bright orange or red during these times. Now. It is now gaining popularity and getting recognition as a herbal medicine not only in the Philippines but worldwide. for people who are suffering from shortness of breath.

In the backyards of Filipino homes in the country. . Bayabas is a small tree that can grow up to 3 meters tall with greenishbrownish smooth bark. Always consult with a qualified physician or a medical practitioner before taking any medication or any herbal medicine for a correct dose. • Boil Banaba (one cup Banaba to cup of water) for 30 minutes. it is also good for the health. almost all of the parts of this plant have medicinal qualities and value. The leaves can be boiled and taken daily as tea. Other studies that were focused on this plant showed other potential medicinal benefits. caution is advised against taking Banaba with any diabetic drug or any other drug simultaneously. ripe fruit. Drink like tea. this plant is commonly seen. Also. root and bark of Banaba can all be used. and grown because of its many uses as fruit and as traditional remedy to treat various ailments. • Wash the leaves in running water (if fresh). Cut into smaller pieces if desired. However. Another is the significant protection that Banaba seems to exhibit to treat HIV-infected cells. dried leaves. These include antibacterial functions of seed extracts from this plant. making it as one of the most popular therapeutic plants in the Philippines. The round globular bayabas fruit starts as a flower and is usually harvested and eaten while still green. This is brought about by its ellagic acid constituents. Herbal Medicine: Bayabas or Guava (Psidium guajava) Bayabas or guava is a tropical plant. The fruit turns yellowish-green and soft when ripe. As shown by many research studies. and thus. which is locally known for its edible fruit. Benefits and Treatment of Banaba: • Diabetes • Fights obesity • Helps regulate blood pressure • Good for the kidneys • Aids the digestive system • Helps ease urination Banaba Preparation & Use: Note: Fresh leaves. Aside from the medicinal value of Banaba. as a herbal medicine.risk of adverse side effects. and a water extract of the same manifest anti-oxidative functions. flowers. extra precaution is highly recommended as initial findings show that Banaba extract may delay and reduce the absorption of carbohydrates in the body and promote weight loss. despite its useful medicinal value. Banaba contains high concentrations of dietary fiber and minerals such as zinc and magnesium.

Note: Bayabas can cause constipation when consumed in excess. astringent & anthelminthic • Kills bacteria. worms. and strain. Uses of Bayabas : • Antiseptic. • To stop nosebleed. chew the leaves in your mouth. Its leaves are flat and linear. swollenness of the legs and other parts of the body. • For toothaches. diabetes and Asthma • Promotes menstruation The fresh leaves are used to facilitate the healing of wounds and cuts. gargle. fungi and ameba • Used to treat diarrhea. Fresh leaves may be applied to the wound directly for faster healing. such leaves are being used to aid in the treatment of dysentery and the inflammation of the kidneys. is a low herb. and is good for ulcers. It can also be used as a wash for uterine and vaginal problems. The medicinal uses of Bayabas appear infinite. In the same way. The Philippine bawang or garlic variety is more . diabetes. This herb is one of the most widely used herbal medicines in the Philippines and can also be found commonly in the kitchen of Filipino households as it is used to spice up food preparations. The most common use of the leaves is for cleaning and disinfecting wounds by rinsing the afflicted area with a decoction of the leaves. as it is also a suggested natural cure for fevers. A decoction (boiling in water) or infusion of fresh leaves can be used for wound cleaning to prevent infection. boil the chopped leaves for 15 minutes in water. aside from being delicious. The bark and leaves can be used as astringent. of chronic diarrhea. nosebleeding • For Hypertension. The fruit.wash affected areas with the decoction of leaves 2 to 3 times a day. Bauang | Garlic (Allium sativum) Bawang or Garlic with scientific name Allium sativum. Bawang. • For diarrhea. which only grows up to sixty centimeters high. Let cool. and gastroenteritis. Preparation: • Boil one cup of Bayabas leaves in three cups of water for 8 to 10 minutes. densely roll Bayabas leaves. contains nutritional values with a very high concentration of vitamin A and vitamin C. • Use decoction as mouthwash. with bulbs that consist of several tubers. including the treatment of uterine hemorrhage. Its leaves decoction is recognized for its effectiveness to cure several ailments.The bayabas fruit bark and leaves are used as herbal medicine. epilepsy. then place in the nostril cavities. Bayabas is also effective for toothaches. Let cool. among others. • Use as wound disinfectant . and drink a cup every three to four hours. and spasms.

lowering of the blood pressure. Bad breath. of which the primary ingredient is garlic. reduction of platelet aggregation. Fresh garlic applications to the skin have been reported to cause skin burns and rashes. Several clinical tests that followed and published studies have shown the efficacy of garlic in lowering cholesterol in the blood and is beneficial to the circulatory system of the body. All these considered. and the boosting of fibrinolytic activities are among the list of herbal functions of garlic. Bawang. These would include colorectal malignancies. due to the strong odor of garlic. garlic is known as nature's antibiotic. is the most common side effect of taking this herb. which is supported by medical findings. which had been conducted on this herbal plant. especially those cases that are associated with procedures in surgeries and dental activities. as more research is done on garlic. Its medicinal properties have been known for a long time and have been especially proven during World War II when it was used to treat wounds and infections of soldiers. and infections. As of the present time. This goes true both for those who are in the initial stages of their garlic therapies. saved many lives of the soldiers as this property prevented the wounds from being infected and developing into gangrene at a later stage by extracting the juice of bawang or garlic and applying to the wounds. Although controlled trials in terms of anti-cancer activities of garlic have been performed in medical research. Garlic’s antibacterial compound known as allicin. Although more clinical studies are needed to support the contention stronger. Regular consumption of raw garlic has been proven to aid in many bleeding cases.pungent than the imported ones. yeast. prevent viral. Its juices inhibit the growth of fungi and viruses thus. and gastric cancer. marked improvements in benign breast diseases have been traced to make progress because of the regular intake of supplements. It is remarkable to note though that the Philippine Department of Health has endorsed garlic as one of the top ten Philippine herbs with therapeutic value and the department recommends its use as an alternative herbal medicine in view of the positive results of thorough research and testing. it appears that garlic have no concrete scientific basis to claim a significant effect in the level of glucose in our blood. it has been proven through population-based studies that substances contain in garlic help in reducing the risk of some types of cancer. Health Benefits of Bawang-Garlic: • Good for the heart • Helps lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL) • Aids in lowering blood pressure • Remedy for arteriosclerosis . Juice extracted from garlic bulbs can be used as tick and mosquito repellant when applied to skin. Today. sometimes spelled as bauang or in English. more medicinal and therapeutic properties become more evident. The preliminary test conducted on this medicinal herb showed some positive results in the treatment of AIDS. and those who consume it as an ingredient in food preparations.

crush and juice the garlic bulb and apply. and rheumatism.) Carrot (Karot in Filipino) is an outstanding trait of this flowering plant. • For sore throat and toothache. which belongs to the family of Apiaceae. headache. it is not uncommon for plants of this nature to complete its biological life cycle in a few months time. • For nasal congestion. garlic is also recommended for maintaining good health . from which the modern carrot’s cultivation is based. especially when subjected to extreme climate conditions. which are bright white in color when it is in full bloom. has flowers that are rounded. because it can withstand strong winds. yellow or white. and the vegetable itself is known to have various colors. • Cloves of garlic may be crushed and applied to affected areas to reduce the pain caused by raw garlic bulbs if you can. purple. However. red. However. toothache. • Decoction of the bawang bulbs and leaves are used as treatment for fever. such as orange. and because of the many . It has a strong rate of survival. steam and inhale: vinegar. arteriosclerosis and other ailments. Carrots are extremely popular because of its numerous uses. peal the skin and chew. Carrot is classified as a root vegetable. the carrot plant cannot bear to be exposed to salty water and soil. You may cover the afflicted area with a gauze and bandage. Swallow the juice. is that it is self-fertile. chopped garlic. toothache • Aids in the treatment of tuberculosis • Helps relieve rheumatism pain • With anticoagulant properties Preparation of Bawang-Garlic: • For disinfecting wound. Garlic is healthy and taste good on a variety of dishes. By nature. The wild carrot. Such flowers have the width of 3 to 7 centimeters. and are usually pollinated primarily by beetles and flies. In order to facilitate the cultivation of this plant. and water. carrot's flowers have both male and female organs. Aside from being an alternative herbal medicine for hypertension. which means that it usually takes two years for it to complete its life cycle.• May help prevent certain types of cancer • Boosts immune system to fight infection • With antioxidant properties • Cough and cold remedy • Relives sore throat. Carrot (Daucus carota L. and include bawang regularly in the food you eat. which grows as tall as one (1) meter. it is necessary to place it in an area where it can receive light. It is a biennial plant.

whether cooked or raw. improves eyesight. regular intake of cultivated carrot roots allows the stimulation of urine flow. It manifests activities that help the skin. because of its activities which basically helps the kidney in the removal of waste in the body.Ginger (Zingiber officinale) . Particular substances that are contained in the roots have been discovered to be anti-cancer.vitamins and minerals that it contains. in order to increase urine flow Luyang Dilaw . The roots of the carrot plant. are also being used as flavorings for soup. Regular intake of carrot roots. in any manner. it is evident that its roots. known as carotene. which have high vitamin E content. and leaves have particular functions which are known to be utilized by many. In the same manner. Carrots have been known to have medicinal properties that allow it to be used as an astringent and antiseptic substance. It has been found that carrot root juice is very rich in carotene. Extractions from the roots. in case it is going to be used to aid in an individual’s chest pains • Ground seeds of the plant may be taken as tea. For children. From the derived uses of this plant. are also being used commercially as a food dye. Carrot Health Benefits: • Body cleanser. which in turn is converted to vitamin A by our liver. and drink for cough • Poultice of carrots may be applied to infected wounds and to the chest. when roasted. It also aids in the stimulation of one’s menstruation because of the same properties. For instance. The leaves of this plant. and are used as an ingredient to soups and salad bowls. its roots are edible. That is the primary reason why carrot juice has become a popular drink. seeds. ulcer and infected wounds Preparation & Use: • Boil with milk. though recommended to be taken in juice form. Carrot has been used as a cleansing medicine. by virtue of its anti-oxidant contents. as it is associated with a wealth of health benefits. are also being used as a substitute for coffee. raw carrot roots are a safe and recommended treatment for threadworms. and is a medication for kidney problems • Treatment for cough and chest pains • Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic function helps solve burns. and is one of the vitamins that the body needs.

tops. Massage the fresh ginger juice directly on to the scalp and leave on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing. gas pains • Relieve indigestion (dyspepsia). fever and colds • Ease nausea and vomiting • Intestinal disorders and slow digestion • Relief from tympanism and flatulence • Treat intestinal worms • Hinder diarrhea. smooth plant are thick. it is now being recommended to be taken half an hour before one’s travel to avoid being travelsick and experience nausea during the voyage. They advise taking 500 to 1. These uses are separate and distinct from the nutritional value of luyang dilaw. cough. but for best results. Luyang dilaw has antifungal. alleviating nausea and vomiting. which come from the extract and active constituents of the plant. Medicinal Benefits of Luyang Dilao (Ginger Root): • Relieves rheumatic pains & muscle pains • Alleviates sore throat. In the same way. The taste of luyang dilaw is distinct. and antiinflammatory properties as well. Pound an inch square of ginger and extract the juice. fever. leave on overnight to better stimulate the hair follicles and induce hair growth. As an herbal medicine. The higher the intake of ginger. ginger is widely used to reduce inflammation and pain with those with arthritis. even when it interacts with other drugs. This herbal plant is not recommended for expectant mothers for the very reason that there is a possibility of inhibition of testosterones that binds the fetus. antiviral. Its edible roots. and sore throat remedy. Researchers have found that ginger lowers pain-causing prostaglandin levels.000 milligrams a day. toothaches . and have strong aromatic qualities. lowering of cholesterol. which is salabat. Luyang Dilaw has long been used as a cold.Luyang Dilaw. antiseptic. The rhizomes of luyang dilaw is mainly associated as the main ingredient in a very popular local beverage. Pregnant women should take precautionary measures in taking luyang dilaw for medicinal purposes although it has been proven that none of the plant’s substances triggers adverse side effects. and even its leaves are found to have medicinal value. Recent studies have shown that luyang dilaw had been found with traces of antiemetic properties. the greater the relief. In India. or Ginger Root (scientific name: Zingiber officinale) belongs to the family of. The rootstocks of this erect. as a result of some of the properties that luyang dilaw contains. Ginger also helps prevent hair loss. brought about by the zingerone and shogoal substances that it has. Zingiberaceae. Thus. Ginger helps in the digestion and absorption of food. it has been found to contain potent anti-oxidant qualities. giving the plant its pungent properties. as its scientific name signifies.

Wash gumamela flower and/or leaves. Gumamela has the following medicinal characteristics: expectorant. crushed or pounded . anodyne and refrigerant. leaves and/or roots. then cut into small pieces and sun dry.including Asia. yellow. pink and other color combinations. Wash. emollient. The gumamela flower comes in many colors: red. A clean cloth or gauze can be used to help the poultice stay in place. Use Gumamela as Poultice: Poultice is the use or fresh or dried herbs that is mashed. Gumamela (Hibiscus) is associated with longevity. Gumamela as Herbal Medicine As herbal medicine. China Rose and Shoeflower. The more concentrated the better.• Lower cholesterol levels • Aids treatment of tuberculosis Preparation & Use: • Boil the ginger root in water and drink. white. the use of gumamela tea is gaining worldwide popularity . Gumamela leaves. apply the juice of luyang-dilao directly to the skin or use dried rhizomes with 70% alcohol then apply to afflicted areas. • For sore throat and tooth ache. Gumamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn) Gumamela is a shrub that grows from one meter up to 4 meters high. orange. • For cuts & bruises. diuretic. Gumamela is also known as: Hibiscus.often heated (boiled in water to soften and heat the herb) and applied directly to the skin. • For rheumatism and muscle pains. antiinflammatory. boil the dried gumamela parts (1/4 cup dried gumamela in 1 glass of water) To make a decoction from fresh gumamela. cut into small pieces and boil (1/3 cup in 1 glass of water). let cool and drink. antipyretic. collect the flower. leaves and roots are used. To use as decoction. Preparation & Use of Gumamela: There are two ways to utilize gumamela as herbal medicine. usually blended with Rose Hip has long been used in the Middle East and Okinawa as herbal tea. gumamela is cultivated as an ornamental plant. . anti-infectious. One is dried and the other is fresh. pound roasted or fresh ginger and apply to painful areas -can be mixed with oil for easy application. gumamela flower. remove the skin and chew small portions. In the Philippines. Today. purple. For Dried gumamela.

boils. This is used to treat: headaches (on the forehead). most of the parts of the lagundi plant have medicinal value. boils. as cure for liver diseases. It is one of the ten herbal medicines endorsed by the Philippine Department of Health as an effective herbal medicine with proven therapeutic value. seeds. • Poultice is applied externally on the afflicted area. abscesses and mumps. mumps Application & Use of Gumamela: • Decoction is used to treat: Bronchitis. and other internal disorders such as diarrhea and cholera. bronchial asthma. a substance with anti-histamine and muscle relaxant properties. bladder infections • High blood pressure • Prevention of constipation • Headaches • refrigerant drink • Treats dysentery • Urinary tract infection. coughs. fever. Lagundi (Vitex negundo) (scientific name: Vitex negundo) is a shrub that grows in the Philippines. swelling. flu. dysentery. chronic bronchitis. A decoction is made by boiling the parts of the plant and taken orally. Lagundi contains Chrysoplenol D. and pharyngitis. and root of Lagundi can all be used as herbal medicine. More than that. high blood pressure and constipation. The roots of this shrub are also used as treatment for rheumatism. Studies have shown that Lagundi can prevent the body's production of leukotrienes. swelling & abscesses. especially since researches have shown that it contains properties that make it an expectorant and it has been reported to function as a tonic as well. the flowers are recommended as a cardiac tonic. For its part. flowers. urinary and bladder infections. lagundi has been clinically tested to be effective in the treatment of colds. The lagundi plant also has anti-inflammatory functions. and leprosy. which are released during an asthma attack. Lagundi is available in capsule form and syrup for an expectorant • Coughs. The leaves. Even in Japan.Gumamela is used for the treatment of: • Bronchitis . Today. • Intake of gumamela (alone or mixed with papaya or papaya seeds) specially in large quantities can be an abortifacient. It can be described . Plant Description: The Lagundi plant can grow up to five meters tall. and its cooling effects are ideal as treatment for skin diseases such as leprosy. Commonly known in the Ilocos region as dangla. lagundi is becoming recognized as an effective herbal medicine. sore throat • Fever . dyspepsia.

• For skin diseases or disorders. as well as to induce menstruation. Depending on the way it was planted. liver disorders. worms. rather than for its fruit. and even cholera. It is an evergreen forest tree that is mediumsized. and it is the fruit that goes by the name of mabolo. because it has been found to contain several vitamins and nutrients. once the fruit is opened. boils. apply the decoction of leaves and roots directly on skin. so that the smell will already dissipate. • The root is specially good for treating dyspepsia. It is somewhat unpopular because of the strong cheesy odor that it emits. Juice extracted from the flowers of Lagundi plant is taken in as an aid for disorders like fever. . It is known to be an ideal source of calcium. diarrhea • Treatment of cough. boils. Mabolo (Diospyros blancoi)Velvet Apple A member of the Ebenaceae family. Herbal Benefits of Lagundi: • Relief of asthma & pharyngitis • Recommended relief of rheumatism. straight stems or short trunks. mabolo is known for its value as an ornament. it becomes light brown and eventually. One of Lagundi's distinctive features is its pointed leaves with five leaflets set like a hand. Boiled seeds are eaten in order to prevent the spreading of toxins and venom from bites of poisonous animals. The concern about its smell may be remedied by peeling its outside cover. fever and flu and other bronchopulmonary disorders • Alleviate symptoms of Chicken Pox • Removal of worms. and storing it in the refrigerator for several hours. The mabolo fruit has a round. Drink half cup three times a day. colds. While a decoction of the plant leaves is suggested to be taken by individuals to help increase the flow and production of milk. colic and rheumatism. Studies have shown that it is worthy to endure the odor of the fruit. A decoction (boiling in water) of the roots and leaves of Lagundi are applied to wounds. velvety outer cover which contains the seed in a pulp. and boils Preparation & Use: • Boil half cup of chopped fresh or dried leaves in 2 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Its wood is commonly known in the Philippines as a cross between a shrub and a tree with a single woody stem (trunk). the mobolo fruit has an edible and sweet taste. turns to magenta as this fruit berry ages and ripens. Lagundi tablets (300 mg) are available from the Department of Health's Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) Telephone # (632) 7276199. vitamin B. and used as aromatic baths for skin diseases. Its leaves are oblong-shaped. diarrhea. and has an oval or conical-shaped crown. which are big and rounded but are pointed and narrow at the top. though. From green. dyspepsia. When eaten. a mabolo tree may have long.

iron. horseradish tree. bark. Mabolo Health Benefits: • Cough. but it also contains nutritional benefits and medicinal functions as well. and skin ailments are treated by preparations of the mobolo leaves and bark. but also in the backyards of many Filipino homes. in such a way that not only does it have ornamentation significance. by mixing the fruit with lemon juice or lime. and the roots. mabolo preparations also function to address heart ailment and hypertension. both for consumption and for its preparation as a medicinal plant. by dicing the fruit. and dool in some regions. where it changes texture and becomes tough when stewed. In the same manner. The malunggay plant. and is able to propagate in almost all kinds of soil. Thus. It is one of the more popular and publicized plant that is acknowledged to have nutritional. This is ideal especially when served with ham and other meats that have a spicy quality in it. Its flowers. several ways of preparing the mabolo fruit has been constantly discovered. dysentery. and protein. as it can be found along the seashores by the locals in the Philippines. It is also used in salad preparations. fever. fever and cough. diarrhea and dysentery are being remedied extracting the juice of the unripe mabolo fruit. Malunggay (Moringa oleifera Lam. which belongs to the Moringaceae family. heart ailments. it is used as ingredients in soups. Most of the parts of the malunggay had been proven to be useful. For instance. It is served as dessert. besides the already mentioned uses. Mabolo is grown commercially. but at a small scale only. as well as. stomach aches and diabetes are also three of the other health issues that mabolo has been found to help remedy. It is a very useful plant. Malunggay proves to be a low-maintenance plant to grow. medicinal value. There are several uses for the mabolo plant and fruits. • Used as medicine for diarrhea. stomach pains. In Bangladesh. preparations of the mabolo leaves and bark are being used as cleanser. In the Guianas. in countries in the Southeast Asia.) The malunggay plant is known to different parts of the world under various names including. Fortunately. but not limited to. Spider bites. hypertension and diabetes. because of its commercial value. some of the uses vary depending on the country. Its bark is being utilized in such a manner that it is being decocted and prepared to address skin ailments like eczema. The parts that are being utilized for this purpose are the leaves. leaves and young pods are associated and perceived to be important because of the health benefits that it provides. particularly as eyewash and also used as an antidote for snakebites. drumstick tree. Preparation & Use: • Decoctions of the bark and leaves of mabolo are used for all the health concerns that have been listed on the left. the plant is easily accessible as it can be found not only as part of the wild life. can grow as high as . Now.

and the flowers have been established to benefit individuals as far as antioxidant. There are various ways to derive the benefits from malunggay plant. which contains a bitter sap. aid in pains caused by rheumatism. as wound cleanser. as when the concoction would be used for uncomplicated ailments like hiccups. cleanliness should be observed to avoid complications.nine meters. as well. it is . ascorbic acid and phosphorus. thin sheets that are attached to a main stalk. In all instances. There have been claims that malunggay can be used to lower blood pressure. which are used in certain Filipino viands. and its flowers look distinct as they only have three petals. and the name itself suggests the primary purpose of such plant. are concerned. The malunggay flowers are white fragrances that produce the pods. circulatory stimulations. It derives one of its names. as a means to end constipation. especially when the ailment to be addressed is constipation. from the taste of its roots. For one. up to fifteen meters long. Now. The bark of this tree has a gummy quality in it. This plant may be propagated by planting its stem. Its other parts such as the seeds. and can grow. The makabuhay plant is known for its bitter nature. iron. However. the leaves of this plant proved to be a good source of calcium. and such other activities that are most beneficial to mankind. headaches and migraines. All these prove the claim that this plant is indeed multipurpose. Makabuhay is a Filipino translation of the English term ‘pro-life or to give life’. The malunggay leaves. which contain 250mg dried young leaves of the malunggay plant. or as wound cleanser. Malunggay is also used for purgative and anti-fungal purposes. and when peered closely. They are circular. the young pods. the leaves may be crushed and applied to the affected area directly. which are also used for medicinal purposes. is comprised of white wood that is soft in nature. as well as its being an anti-tumor plant. The makabuhay leaves are thin sheets that are heart-shaped. Health Benefits of Malunggay As have been mentioned earlier. It is commonly known as the paliahan in the Visayas region. This should be accompanied by water. The plant belongs to the family of Menispermaceae. anti-diabetic. In the same way. Because of the popularity that has been associated with this plant. Aside from the natural and direct means. there are various parts of the malunggay plant which are being used for health reasons. or rather climb. one can also purchase the commercial extractions of malunggay. There are malunggay capsules that are now available in the market. and the fruits of this plant are held in clusters. wherein one is going to prepare the concoctions at home by picking the necessary parts from the plant itself. one may eat the cooked leaves of the malunggay plant during his last meals of the day. which can be as long as two centimeters. horseradish. commercial establishments have exploited the malunggay’s marketable qualities. For simple preparations however. Makabuhay (Tinospora rumphii Boerl) The makabuhay plant is a clinging vine. have a very distinct shape that makes it easily recognizable. there are commercial oil extracts of the malunggay flowers which are also in the market.

when makabuhay is going to be used as an ointment for rheumatism. Only the leaves and the stems of makabuhay have been found to cure particular health concerns. because their weak state will be in conflict with the strong medicinal effects that it manifests. treatment should be discontinued and a physician is to be consulted. and manner of intake also vary according to the purpose for which it will be taken. It grows in tropical areas. Clinical tests have shown that the decoction of this plant cures diarrhea. For instance. 30 grams of fresh makabuhay stems. except for the face. and may be used as cleanser for skin ulcer and skin wounds. the stems are to be separated after frying.important to note that makabuhay can be found in most forests all over the Philippines. However. young children below the age of three. Preparation and Use of Makabuhay It has been mentioned earlier that this plant have several medicinal uses. it is an effective ointment for pains caused by rheumatism. are supposed to be boiled for twenty minutes in three cups of water. preparation. instead of sautéing. the form. its preparation is different in such a manner that the stems have to be chopped. However. those who are suffering from pneumonia. As soon as the wax have already dissolved and cooled down. A similar preparation is to be observed when makabuhay is to be used to eradicate intestinal worms. and cure fever brought about by malaria. Like any other medicinal plant preparation. twice a day before the first and last meals of the day. The preparation should be taken and drank in half a cup. The fruits of this plant have not been utilized nor established to have medicinal values. indigestion and scabies. . for three successive nights. The extracts can be derived by subjecting the boiled preparation in a strainer. For the stems. It is suggested that the chopped stems amount to one-half glass and such stems are supposed to be fried for five minutes in a glass of coconut oil. or 25 grams of dried ones. and people diagnosed with heart problems. the prepared ointment can already be applied to the body. pregnant women. Health Benefits of Makabuhay Plant The stem of makabuhay plant is a primary ingredient used to concoct preparations that would prevent spread of malaria. Then. In preparing this particular decoction. after which ½ glass of grated candle wax should be incorporated to it. Thus. under low fire. should there be complications suffered or no marked improvements seen after administering the said preparation. should not in any way take decoction that contains makabuhay. the stems are supposed to be boiled. therefore removing the stems from the substance that are necessary to address the health concern discussed. both the dried and the fresh stems are found to be beneficial. Also. patients with typhoid fever. and it is of little wonder why it is abundant in a country like the Philippines.

China. This active climber. Benefits & Treatment of Niyog-Niyogan: Almost all of its parts are used individually. hence constant pruning is especially recommended during this time. Its flowers grow in clusters and it blossoms year-round. and the like. Medical experts. Taiwan. The young flowers of niyog-niyogan start with white-colored petals that turn pink then red as it matures. these are taken to rid people of parasitic worms. as remedy to different ailments. Niyog-niyogan can thrive in almost all kinds of soil and can even tolerate moderate amount of drought in cold seasons. Liane Vermifuge and Chinese honeysuckle. which belongs to the combretaceae family grows best in tropical areas and demands constant sunlight. The mother shrub seizes to grow and dies after six months allowing the creeper to rapidly climb walls. trees. The leaves of niyog-niyogan can grow up to 15cm long and more than 5cm wide with a pointed tip. Some also use these to help alleviate coughs and diarrhea. Preparation & Use: Seeds of niyog-niyogan can be taken as an anthelmintic. Adults may take 10 seeds while children 4 to 7 years of age may eat up to four seeds only. or mixed with other ingredients. These are eaten raw two hours before the patient’s last meal of the day. Niyog-niyogan’s leaves are used to cure body pains by placing them on specific problematic areas of the body. . It is also known as Burma or Rangoon Creeper. Children from ages 8 to 9 may take six seeds and seven seeds may be eaten by children 10 to 12 years old. This ligneous plant. Papua New Guinea and other Asian regions.) Niyog-niyogan or Rangoon Creeper is an excellent vine for outdoor gardens. The niyog-niyogan plant grows in haste during the rainy season. In the Philippines. It is advised to place this plant in spacious areas to avoid crowding with a temperature of at least 60°F with evenly moistened soil to produce flowers. This vine starts as a shrub about 3-feet tall with branches growing from all directions. It also bears fruits. Compound decoctions of the leaves of niyog-niyogan are used in India to alleviate flatulence. Perhaps due to its tropical characterization that it is found in primary and secondary forests of countries like Africa. The branches of niyog-niyogan are filled with oblongshaped leaves growing on opposite sides attached to 6mm to 10mm long petioles. scientifically called Quisqualis indica L.Niyog-Niyogan (Quisqualis Indica L. Malaysia. which can grow up to 3cm long with five angles on its sides. Its flowers open at night with five bright red petals and gives out a distinct perfume. Philippines. Vietnam. Niyog-niyogan is cultivated in greenhouses and can be naturalized in tropical areas. Niyog-niyogan is perfect for covered walkways as it grows at least 2.5m long and reaches up to 8m long when it matures. advice patients to consult their doctors as improper dosing may cause hiccups.

Wintersweet and Winter Marjoram. with toothed edges. Oregano contains a rosmarinic acid compound. The most useful parts of this plant are its leaves. and rheumatism. and which. The leaves relieve painful swellings. grow for up to 9 meters in length. anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. anti-bacterial.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. Ear aches have also been proven to be cured by the infusion prepared from its leaves. Free radicals are believed to be involved with many degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis. Health Benefits of Oregano: • Good for cough and cold relief • Helps prevent degenerative arthritis • Has Anti-aging properties • Helps relieve rheumatism and osteoarthritis • Bronchitis herbal remedy • Ease asthma attacks • Relieves upset stomach • Treatment of urinary tract problems • Relief for dyspepsia or indigestion • Healing wounds. and sprains. and which make it ideal to be given to women who have just given birth. Oregano is a known herbal medicine for its strong anti-oxidant properties. insect bites & stings . and carvacrol that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory. The anti-oxidant properties of oregano helps fight free radicals in the body that cause cellular damage and accelerate ageing. dyspepsia. when their poultices are applied directly to the affected area. However. Origanum. parasites and fungi. chronic coughs. and vitamin A. sterols. bronchitis. vitamin C. anti-oxidant. the plant is primarily used as a culinary ingredient. to name a few. with leaves and stems that are fleshy. The extracts and juices of such are used for asthma. boils. triterpenoids. Its anti-bacterial properties have been proven by recent studies to treat infections of the reproductive tracts. in countries like the Philippines. Mountain Mint. This erectly spreading plant has strong aromatic characteristics. Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Oregano (Scientific name: Origanum vulgare) is also known as Wild Marjoram. The volatile oils in oregano and its properties are believed to be responsible for slowing the process of spoilage of food and thus minimizing the risk of ingesting harmful bacteria. Oregano also contains flavinoids. The leaves of oregano are heart-shaped. In other countries. atherosclerosis and heart diseases. thymol.

• Cure for sore throat • Avoid infections caused by childbirth by taking decoctions of the leaves by the recent mother. pandan flowers are being chewed by mothers who later give the chewed flowers to their children. The juice extracted from pounded roots of this tree is used and mixed with other ingredients to ease chest pains. are angular in shape. asthma. In Hawaii. but are not limited to. Such parts of the plant have been found to have essential oils. juice the oregano leaves and take 1 tablespoon every hour to relieve chronic coughs. Its trunk bears plenty of prop roots. and dyspepsia. which makes it ideal for healing wounds. It grows in the thickets lining the seashores of most places in the Philippines. In various parts of the world. diabetes fever. which is usually about 20 centimeters long. Its male inflorescence emits a fragrant smell. as laxative. Others however mainly associate pandan with the flavoring and nice smell that it secretes. narrow in the end and the apex is truncate. The bitter tasting quality of the leaves makes it ideal for health problems which include. and even hangover. Pandan also . pandan leaves are being used to treat skin disorders like leprosy and smallpox. apply the leaves as a poultice directly on the afflicted area. ulcer and wounds. boil 2 tablespoonfuls of dried oregano leaves in a pint of water. Its leaves spirals the branches. For instance. the uses of this plant are very diverse. a preparation derived from the bark of this plant may be used to address skin problems. with erect. • For general good health Preparation of Oregano Leaves: • Boil one cup of fresh leaves in 3 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Its leaves and roots are found to have medicinal benefits. it is used as tonic for women who have just given birth and who are still in weak states. rheumatism. Also. It functions as a pain reliever. Some countries concentrate on the culinary uses of pandan. Many people have also discovered that it is an effective remedy for cough. Drink half a cup 3 times a day for common colds. Pandan flowers have also been traced with characteristics that function as aphrodisiac. pandan leaves are being cooked along with rice to incorporate the flavor and smell to it. the uses of the pandan tree are not limited to cooking uses. take 2 hours before or after meals. many Asians regard this food as famine food. In India. Pandan is also known as Fragrant Screw Pine. • To prevent degenerative arthritis & for general good health drink oregano decoction daily. while others deeply rely on its medicinal values. and crowds at the end. alkaloids and glycosides. tannin. Pandan (Pandanus tectorius) Fragrant Screw Pine The pandan tree grows as tall as 5 meters. As can be observed. In the Philippines. wounds and stings. The fruit of the pandan tree. • For sore throat. • For Insect bites. which are the reasons for the effective treatment of various health concerns. It can also be used as antiseptic and anti-bacterial. and grows in length for up to 0. • For a concentrate. In the same manner. small branches.5 meters. mostly for headaches and pain caused by arthritis. bronchitis.

smallpox and wounds. • Extract oils and juices from the roots and flowers are used in preparing the decoction to relieve pains brought about by headache and arthritis. Pansit-pansitan has heart shaped leaves. When matured. The leaves and stalk of pansit-pansitan are edible. the small fruits bear one seed which fall of the ground and propagate. succulent stems with tiny flowers on a spike. • Apply pulverized roots of pandan to affected wound areas to facilitate healing. pansit-pansitan helps relive rheumatic pains and gout. Ulasiman-Bato Pansit-pansitan (family: Piperaceae) is an herbal medicine also known as Ulasiman-bato. or mixed with water that is to be used in bathing. in order to remedy skin problems.1 cup in the morning and another cup in the evening. yards and even roofs. washed and eaten as fresh salad. Pandan Health Benefits: • Treats leprosy. It is a small herb that grows from 1 to 1 1/2 feet.manifests anti-cancer activities. • The anthers of the male flowers are used for earaches. It can be harvested. Preparation & Use of Pandan: • Decoction of the bark may be taken as tea. English name: peperomia. • Chew the roots to strengthen the gum. olasiman-ihalas & tangon-tangon in the Philippines. An infusion or decoction (boil 1 cup of leaves/stem in 2 cups of water) can also be made and taken orally . For the herbal treatment of skin disorders like abscesses.k. • Helps reduce fever • Solves several skin problems • Relives headache and arthritis • Treatment for ear pains • Functions as a laxative for children • Eases chest pains • Helps in speeding up the recuperation of women who have just given birth and are still weak • Pandan reduces stomach spasms and strengthens the gum. headaches and stomach spasms. and that is why modern researches in the United States have subjected this plant for further experiments and investigation.a.) a. Pansit-pansitan can be found wild on lightly shaded and damp areas such as nooks. Likewise a decoction can be used as a . cough. and urine-related concerns. pimples and boils. Pansit-Pansitan (Peperomia pellucida Linn. 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. Taken as a salad. walls.

Aloe Vera is also an anti-oxidant in which. both internally and externally. Aloe barbadensis miller liquid. sulphur. harmful bacteria. Like any herbal medicine it is not advisable to take any other medication in combination with any herbs. Since it is an . and muscles. You can mix the Aloe Vera extract with fruit juice and other drinks. abscesses. bruise the surface and apply on the forehead. The herbal properties of Sabila is able to penetrate the inner parts of the body. and specifically targets joints. this plant is also rich in substances that aid in several illnesses and ailments. and for moisturizing and hydrating the skin. pimples • Headache • Abdominal pains • kidney problems Sabila | Aloe Vera(Aloe barbadensis miller liquid) Sabila or Aloe Vera holds the scientific name. heat a couple of leaves in hot water. cinnamic acid. The aloe vera plant has been found to have great contributions to health. In the same way. niacin amide and 18 amino acids. and fungi in the intestinal tracts. Aloe vera or Sabila contains vitamins B1. Preparations made with aloe vera as the primary ingredient have been effective in reducing pain and allergies. lupeol. make it ideal in eradicating parasites. However. Its purgative properties. Pansit-pansitan is used as an herbal medicine for the treatment of: • Arthritis • Gout • Skin boils. and anti-bacterial functions. insect bites. preventing ailing conditions like tumors and cancers. Research studies have shown that it has properties comprising of inhibitory. Consult with a medical practitioner knowledgeable in herbal medicine before any treatment. and helps in the promotion and growth of new tissues. B6. phenol and urea nitrogen). which is known mainly for its cosmetic functions. pimple burns. The decoction of leaves and stalks is also good for abdominal pains and kidney problems. anti-inflammatory. It is an herb. choline. regenerative. B2.rinse to treat skin disorders. tendons. salicylic acid. vitamin C. Sabila can be used externally for the treatment of acne. brought about by the existence of six antiseptic agent substances in the plant (that is. For headaches. it prevents oxidation of certain fats and gene cells. some of its properties are responsible for cell regeneration that causes close cuts and hemorrhages to heal easily and more rapidly.

or applied externally. Aside from being an herbal medicine. arthritis.anti-oxidant. This vegetable also assures safety of intake even for pregnant mothers. pimple. also known as jute.. Saluyot can be found basically everywhere. It has also been determined that 100 grams of saluyot contains an ample amount of Vitamin A. Saluyot or Jute (Corchorus capsularis L. constipation etc. Unlike other plants with medicinal benefits like makabuhay. • For hypertension. it is safe to be eaten even by those which are medically considered to be in a weak state. It also reduces free radicals. diabetes. minor burns & sunburns • Arthritis. antiviral. pimples & psoriasis • Analgesic properties for inflammation of skin • Helps reduce high blood pressure • Anti-aging properties • Heals insect bites. Aloe Vera is good for the health and can be taken internally. acne. remove the skin and take internally.. insect bites. diabetes • Eradicates intestinal bacteria and parasites • Helps prevent cancer & tumors • Eases Constipation • Antifungal. The jell liquefies a after a few minutes and can be mixed with other drinks. intestinal parasites. it has anti-aging properties. remove the skin of a leaf then rub Sabila (Aloe Vera) juice on your skin (may be mixed with coconut oil) and leave for at least 30 minutes. • The poultices of the aloe vera leaves may be applied directly to contusions. iron and potassium. Medicinal Benefits of Aloe Vera: • Treatment of acne. ascorbic acid. antiparasitic and antibiotic properties Preparation & Use: • For treatment of skin inflammation.) Saluyot. we can appreciate the benefits that can be derived from eating and incorporating saluyot in one’s diet. riboflavin. thiamine. scalds (minor burns) etc. From warm. tropical countries like the Philippines to . which can damage the arteries. and is also rich in fiber. With these facts alone. is a green leafy vegetable that is rich in calcium. phosphorus.

that no other separate preparation is needed in order to experience and enjoy saluyot's benefits. it is easy to prepare and can be incorporated to various dishes that would allow individuals to benefit from its vitamins and mineral content. Since it can be found easily. thrives without cultivation the whole year round. Preparation and Health Benefits of Saluyot Because the saluyot or jute plant is by nature a vegetable. its benefits are worth enduring the slimy character of this vegetable. the Ilocanos use saluyot in their preparation of dinengdeng and bulangbulang. Saluyot has been used to reduce wrinkles. For instance. Its vitamin content is good for eyesight. and in soups. and the results of recent studies confirmed the validity of such traditional practice. Other dishes include. therefore. as the vegetable contains beta-carotene. would fortify one’s defenses against communicable diseases. saluyot is abundant. Studies have also shown that saluyot can be used for anti-inflammatory treatment. It is also integrated in mongo dishes. It does not require much attention and care. Fried saluyot are also mixed with sautéed bamboo shoots and dried beans. and a healthy count of red blood cells. in order to build resistance against the threat of swine flu. as have been mentioned earlier. . and thus. there are a lot of local viands and/or dishes that use saluyot as an ingredient. recent studies have not been able to establish this yet. to include malunggay and banana as well. To prepare its medical decoction. wherein saluyot are mixed in either sautéed or pureed form. Its iron and calcium content necessarily aids a person in maintaining strong bones and teeth. Although some dislikes the slimy character of saluyot. As to the dosage or the amount of intake that one should have. It is a good thing. The Philippine Department of Health advises the public to increase their intake of this particular vegetable. as it also contains anti-oxidant substances. but are not limited to chicken viands.tropical deserts and wet forest zones. The DOH encourages this because its vitamins and mineral content. an individual is advised to eat dishes and soups that contain saluyot. It is to be noted that saluyot has been used traditionally to address concerns related to inflammation and pain. saluyot has also been connected with curing the chronic inflammation of the urinary bladder. which includes the widespread and dreaded disease. In the same manner.

The Sambong leaves can also be used to treat colds and mild hypertension. as well as considerable immersion of particular body areas that are afflicted with pains caused by rheumatism. and has been found to be anti-diarrhea and antispasm. It is an anti-urolithiasis and work as a diuretic. 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. • The leaves can also be crushed or pounded and mixed with coconut oil. As an astringent. It is used to aid the treatment of kidney disorders.5 to 3 meters. The plant is a strongly aromatic herb that grows tall and erect. Its expectorant properties make it as a popular recommendation to be taken in as tea to treat colds. boils • Relief of stomach pains • Treats dysentery. Powdered Sambong leaves are available in 250 mg tablets at the DOH's Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) Telephone # (632) 7276199. 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. this herbal medicine helps dispose of excess water and sodium (salt) in the body.Sambong (Blumea balsamifera L. It functions as an astringent and as an expectorant.) Sambong (scientific name: Blumea balsamifera) is an amazing medicinal plant. it goes by several names locally. Its height ranges from 1. It is known in the Visayas as bukadkad and as subsob in Ilocos. Coming from the family of Compositae. Sambong is one herbal medicine (of ten) approved by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an alternative medicine in treating particular disorders. preparations made of sambong leaves may be used for wounds and cuts. This plant possesses a multitude of properties that make it worthy of the DOH approval.5 centimeters. with stems that grow for up to 2. . It is also suggested to be incorporated to post-partum baths. Since it is a diuretic.

upset stomach and joint pains. Silymarin . cervical and skin cancer cells. Silymarin and milk thistle are frequently used interchangeably. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor or a health care provider before taking silymarin herbal supplements. liver supplements or any herbal medicine.• For headaches. • Reduces growth of breast.S. . a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). baboons. research shows that silymarin may help repair the damage and help regenerate new liver cells but is unlikely to help in the late stages of liver cirrhosis. The toxins that may damage the liver are expelled through the kidneys instead. • Decoction of the roots. In very rare instances. • Helps lower cholesterol levels. they are not subjected to the same stringent standards imposed on prescription drugs. Silymarin is not recommended during pregnancy. The Milk thistle herb is a flowering plant of Silybum Adans genus. silymarin can cause headaches. trademark: Liveraide). Further studies are needed to fully appreciate the health benefits of silymarin on humans.5 grams a day may cause diarrhoea. silicristin and silidianin which are antioxidants that neutralizes and breaks down free radicals. on the other hand. • Decoction of leaves is used as sponge bath. dogs) shows that silymarin works by modifying hepatic cell membranes in a way that prevents liver toxins from entering the interior of the cells. Anecdotal Health Benefits of Silymarin | Milk Thistle: • Help improve liver function for those with cirrhosis of the liver and chronic hepatitis.) but is marketed and is widely available in the Philippines as a herbal liver supplement (silymarin capsules. the Mediterranean region and the Middle East (now also grown in the U. Silymarin is a polyphenolic flavanoid consisting of three chemicals: silybin. However. It grows mainly in North Africa. prostate. purity and quality vary from brand to brand. apply crushed and pounded leaves on forehead and temples. Dozes over 1. • Prevents inflammation of the liver • Cure for Amanita phalloides mushroom poisoning • Helps control blood sugar in patients with diabetes and cirrhosis. Their safety. anecdotal data suggests that it helps alleviate liver diseases and other aliments.Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Silymarin is derived from Milk Thistle (seed extract from the flower of silymarin plant). is to be taken in as cure for fever. Since most commercial silymarin and milk thistle products are marketed as herbal supplements. When there is an existing liver damage. Laboratory experiments on animals (rats. Many studies have been published on the health benefits of milk thistle and silymarin on humans but many are inconclusive or poorly done.

• Helps reduce fatty infiltration on the liver caused by toxins and alcohol. but used to minimize the damage caused by it. • Non-toxic / no known overdose symptoms. • A strong antioxidant that helps fight free radicals (see Key to Healing). . • Not used to prevent hepatitis C.

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