10 DOH Herbs 10 Herbal Medicines in the Philippines Approved by the Department of Health (DOH) These is the list of the

ten (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 "bayabasbayabasan" and "ringworm bush" in English, this herbal medicine is used to treat ringworms and skin fungal infections. 2. Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) - known as "bitter gourd" or "bitter melon" in English, it most known as a treatment of diabetes (diabetes mellitus), for the noninsulin dependent patients. 3. Bawang (Allium Sativum) - popularly known as "garlic", it mainly reduces cholesterol in the blood and hence, helps control blood pressure. 4. Bayabas (Psidium Guajava) - "guava" in English. It is primarily used as an antiseptic, to disinfect wounds. Also, it can be used as a mouth wash to treat tooth decay and gum infection. 5. Lagundi (Vitex Negundo) - known in English as the "5-leaved chaste tree". It's main use is for the relief of coughs and asthma. 6. Niyog-niyogan (Quisqualis Indica) - is a vine known as "Chinese honey suckle". It is effective in the elimination of intestinal worms, particularly the Ascaris and Trichina. 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). If one dose does not eliminate the worms, wait a week before repeating the dose. 7. Sambong (Blumea Balsamifera)- English name: Blumea Camphora. A diuretic that helps in the excretion of urinary stones. It can also be used as an edema. 8. Tsaang Gubat (Ehretia Microphylla Lam.) Prepared like tea, 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. 9. Ulasimang Bato (Peperomia Pellucida) - also known as "pansit-pansitan" it is effective in fighting arthritis and gout. The leaves can be eaten fresh (about a cupful) as salad or like tea. For the decoction, boil a cup of clean chopped leaves in 2 cups of water. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain, let cool and drink a cup after meals (3 times day). 10. Yerba Buena (Clinopodium Douglasii) - commonly known as Peppermint, this vine is used as an analgesic to relive body aches and pain. It can be taken internally as a decoction or externally by pounding the leaves and applied directly on the afflicted area.

Tips on Handling Medicinal Plants / Herbs:
● If possible, buy herbs that are grown organically without pesticides. ● Medicinal parts of plants are best harvested on sunny mornings. Avoid picking leaves, fruits or nuts during and after heavy rainfall. ● Leaves, fruits, flowers or nuts must be mature before harvesting. Less medicinal substances are found on young parts. ● After harvesting, if drying is required, it is advisable to dry the plant parts either in the oven or air-dried on screens above ground and never on concrete floors. ● Store plant parts in sealed plastic bags or brown bottles in a cool dry place without sunlight preferably with a moisture absorbent material like charcoal. Leaves and other plant parts that are prepared properly, well-dried and stored can be used up to six months.

Tips on Preparation for Intake of Herbal Medicines:
● Use only half the dosage prescribed for fresh parts like leaves when using dried parts. ● Do not use stainless steel utensils when boiling decoctions. Only use earthen, enamelled, glass or alike utensils. ● As a rule of thumb, when boiling leaves and other plant parts, do not cover the pot, and boil in low flame. ● Decoctions loose potency after some time. Dispose of decoctions after one day. To keep fresh during the day, keep lukewarm in a flask or thermos. ● Always consult with a doctor if symptoms persist or if any sign of allergic reaction develops.

Key to Nutritional Healing
Free Radicals - The Cause of Aging and Disease Free radicals are produced from normal body functioning. Chemicals in the water and food we drink and eat, and emotional and mental stress from our lifestyle. The most damaging free radicals are the superoxide, hydroxyl, peroxide and peroxynitrate. Anti-Oxidants Dr. James Balch in his book "The Super Anti-oxidants" said that while the damage from oxidation cannot be minimized, the body can be armed with means of dealing with the problem of oxidation. These are the antioxidants. Anti-oxidants perform the following health functions: 1. Scavenge from radicals. 2. Intercept the chain reaction between different oxidants. 3. Breakdown free radicals into more easily synthesized compounds.

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yellows. For cuts & bruises.D. our body's enzymatic activity generally begins to decline somewhere between the ages of 16 and 20. apply the juice directly to the skin. gas pains Relieve indigestion (dyspepsia). antiseptic. oranges and reds which are carotenoids. Flavanoids & Carotenoids It has been only recently that flavanoids and carotenoids have received any appreciable attention. Beta Carotenes 4. Chlorophyll provides the greens. These blue-to-purple fruits are rich in enzymes which are helpful in the treatment of stomach problems. lowers blood pressure and alleviates rheumatism. fights viruses and inflammation. DHEA 6. Berries which are red to purple in color are rich in flavanoids. pound the root and apply to painful areas -can be mixed with oil for easy application 2 . and of course. The anti-oxidants needed by the body are made up of several types: 1. Berries etc. remove the skin and chew small portions. 2. Since every activity in our bodies require enzymes. protects against radiation.. Flavanoids retard the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein which is considered involved in atherosclerosis. M. beverages. herbal supplements. fever. Health Benefits of Bioflavonoids Studies have identified fruits with blue-to-purple colors as the Bioflavonoids. flavoring enhancers and pesticides in food. Although there are variations among individuals. Enzymes from fruits such as Papaya. antiviral and antiinflammatory properties. The great importance of flavanoids and carotenoids lies in their anti-oxidant and anti-free radical properties. Certain flavanoids appear to posses cholesterol lowering effects. a diet of fresh fruits. Flavanoids and carotenoids are found in the beautiful colors of fruits and vegetables. Recent studies show that the anthocyanin (the red pigment found in berries) is a strong antioxidant. cough. i. Bioflavonoids from red to purple plants and fruits. coloring agents. The blues. Being healthy is basically founded on proper nutrition. Amino Acids. 2. strengthens blood vessel cell walls.e. we live. nausea Intestinal disorders and slow digestion Treat intestinal worms Hinder diarrhea. over a decade ago "to describe any food or food part taken for health benefits". Bioflavonoids 5. Enzymes make your body work. 3. Products in this industry include soups.The key to nutritional health is to provide the body with anti-oxidants. 4. Stephen L. Most of these micro-nutrients are lost in the processing and cooking of food. emerald green and some reds are flavanoids. These foods contain the micronutrients which interact in the body as anti-oxidants. alleviating nausea and vomiting. the stronger the protective pigments are against cancer and cellular damage to the body. Anti-oxidants from specific plants such as Green tea. Co-Enzymes Micronutrients These anti-oxidants can all be found in the food we eat. For sore throat and tooth ache. As long as our body make enzymes. Enzymes. 3. preservatives. fights high cholesterol. Luyang Dilaw Herbal Medicine: Luyang Dilaw -Ginger (Zingiber officinale) As a herbal medicine. processed cereals. grains and vegetables. as our growth activity peaks. an anti-oxidant which provides protection against cancer. The darker the berry. Important Plant & Fruit Base Of Nutraceuticals: 1. replenishing the enzyme supply lost with aging can restore your body's natural enzyme balance and in turn. fever and sore throat remedy. Chairman of The Foundation for Innovation in Medicine. For rheumatism and muscle pains. liver conditions and in lowering sugar levels in diabetics. Nutraceutical Nutraceutical is a term coined by Dr. improves vision. Guava etc. The more concentrated the better. Broccoli. It helps in the digestion and absorption of food. flavoring. toothaches Lower cholesterol levels Aids treatment of tuberculosis Preparation:     Boil the root in water and drink. Luyang dilaw has antifungal. DeFelice. purples. new ways to provide supplemental micronutrients are needed. Pineapple. Benefits: • • • • • • • • Relieves rheumatic pains & muscle pains Alleviates sore throat. A number of factors in our day to day lives can inhibit and destroy important enzymes in our bodies. lowering of cholesterol. Luyang Dilaw or Ginger Root (scientific name: Zingiber officinale) has long been used as a cold.. Anti-Oxidant Enzymes All living things have enzymatic activity. help fight disease and improve one's health condition. Beta-Carotene from yellow to red fruits and vegetables. speeds healing of bleeding gums and varicose veins. These are: food additives.

In the Philippines. the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally. The extracts from the Akapulko plant is commonly used as an ingredient for lotions. iron. Most significant of which is for Diabetes. as a laxative to expel intestinal parasites and other stomach problems. folic acid. scabies and itchiness. Dispose leftovers after one day. 3 . it is good source of vitamins A. Momordica Charantia has been a folkloric cure for generations but has now been proven to be an effective herbal medicine for many aliments. Note: The decoction looses its potency if not used for a long time. eczema. B and C. parasiticide. 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. Ampalaya has been for used even by the Chinese for centuries. • For headaches wounds. burns and skin diseases. juice the Ampalaya leaves and drink a spoonful every day.  • Internal: Expectorant for bronchitis and dyspnoea. ringworms. a laxative that is useful in expelling intestinal parasites. apply warmed leaves to afflicted area. pure Ampalaya juice can be a purgative and abortifacient. The Philippine variety has proven to be most potent. scabies and eczema. A strong decoction of the leaves is an abortifacient. • For other ailments. squeeze the juice and apply on affected areas. like ringworms. Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) or it's scientific name. Akapulko also contains saponin. Uses of Akapulko:  Treatment of skin diseases: Tinea infections. diarrhea • Helps prevent some types of cancer • Enhances immune system to fight infection • Is an antioxidant. The effectively of Ampalaya as an herbal medicine has been tried and tested by many research clinics and laboratories worldwide. worms. Aside from Ampalaya's medicinal value. the Department of Health has endorsed Ampalaya as an alternative medicine to help alleviate various ailments including diabetes. a fungicide used to treat fungal infections. Preparation:  For external use. insect bites. used as diuretic and purgative.Akapulko Philippine Herbal Medicine: Akapulko / Acapulco (Cassia Alata) Ampalaya Herbal Medicine: Ampalaya (Momordica Charantia) Akapulko or Acapulco in English is a shrub found throughout the Philippines. diabetes. liver problems and even HIV. for cough & fever. fever. Ampalaya contains a mixture of flavanoids and alkaloids make the Pancreas produce more insulin that controls the blood sugar in diabetics. mouthwash in stomatitis. pound the leaves of the Akapulko plant. diarrhea. phosphorous and calcium. antibacterial & antipyretic Preparation of Ampalaya: • For coughs.  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. alleviation of asthma symptoms. A medicinal herb that contains chrysophanic acid. soaps and shampoos. Note: In large dozes.

Bauang / Garlic (Allium Sativum) Bawang or Garlic (scientific name: Allium Sativum) is one of the most widely used herbal medicine in the Philippines. Because of Bawang's antibacterial compound known as Allicin. Initial findings also shows that Banaba extract may delay and reduce the absorption of carbohydrates in the body and promote weight loss. 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. arteriosclerosis and other ailments. yeast and viral infections. Today as more research is done with bawang. root and bark of Banaba can all be used. The Philippine bawang variety is more pungent than the imported ones. caution is advised against taking Banaba with any diabetic drug or any other drug. it is also good for the health. crush and juice the garlic bulb and apply. It's medicinal properties has been known for a long time and has been specially proven during World War II. After thorough research and test. ripe fruit. In India. Always consult with a qualified physician or a medical practitioner before taking any medication or any herbal medicine. You may cover the afflicted area with a gauze and bandage.   Wash the leaves in running water (if fresh). 4 . Swallow the juice.Banaba Herbal Medicine: Speciosa) Banaba (Lagerstroemia Bawang-Garlic Herbal Medicine: Bawang. 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. as a herbal medicine. and include bawang regularly in the food you eat. It's healthy and taste good in a variety of dishes. However. dried leaves. It's juices inhibits the growth of fungi and viruses thus prevents viral.eat raw garlic bulb. Recent studies and laboratory test showed that it's active ingredient. The leaves can be boiled and taken daily as tea. Boil Banaba (one cup Banaba to cup of water) for 30 minutes.  Aside from being an herbal medicine for hypertension. corosolic acid is a potent compound that has insulin like effect to lower glucose in the body and is effective in treating diabetes. Benefits & Treatment of Banaba: • Diabetes • Fights obesity • Helps regulate blood pressure • Good for the kidneys • Aids the digestive system • Helps ease urination Preparation & Use Note: Fresh leaves.  For sore throat and toothache. garlic is also recommended for maintaining good health . Banaba is also known as Queen's Flower. Preparation of Bawang:  For disinfecting wound. Preliminary test also shows some positive results in the treatment of AIDS. Aside from the medicinal value of Banaba. toothache Aids in the treatment of tuberculosis With anticoagulant properties Banaba has been used in Filipino folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes for centuries.Drink like tea. 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. There have been no findings of any negative side effects when taking Banaba extract orally. Bawang/garlic is known as nature's antibiotic. 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. Cut into smaller pieces if desired. more medicinal and therapeutic properties become more evident. Crepe Myrtle and the Pride of India. flowers. Banaba contains high concentrations of dietary fiber and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Banaba has also been used to cure diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time. It is now gaining popularity and getting recognition as a herbal medicine not only in the Philippines but worldwide. peal the skin and chew.

white. wash affected areas 2 to 3 times a day. aside form being delicious. leaves and/or roots. mumps Bayabas or guava is one of the most popular therapeutic plants in the Philippines. Gumamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn) 5 .Bayabas –Guava Herbal Medicine: Bayabas or Guava (Psidium Guajava) Gumamela is a shrub that grows from one meter up to 4 meters high. gumamela is cultivated as an ornamental plant. urinary and bladder infections. astringent & anthelminthic Kills bacteria. dysentery. diabetes and Asthma Promotes menstruation The fresh leaves are used to facilitate the healing of wounds and cuts.often heated (boiled in water to soften and heat the herb) and applied directly to the skin. Gumamela as Herbal Medicine As herbal medicine.including Asia. abscesses and mumps. yellow. The round globular bayabas fruit starts as a flower and is usually harvested and eaten while still green. As a herbal medicine. boils. Application of Gumamela: • Decoction is used to treat: Bronchitis. A decoction or infusion of fresh leaves can be used for wound cleaning to prevent infection. antipyretic.as an expectorant Coughs. • For toothaches. gumamela flower. high blood pressure and constipation. Note: Bayabas can cause constipation when consumed in excess. antiinfectious. Preparation: • Boil one cup of Bayabas leaves in three cups of water for 8 to 10 minutes. Use Gumamela as Poultice: Poultice is the use or fresh or dried herbs that is mashed. • To use as mouthwash. diuretic. A clean cloth or gauze can be used to help the poultice stay in place. purple. collect the flower. Gumamela leaves. • Poultice is applied externally on the afflicted area. pink and other color combinations. gargle. bark and leaves are used. boil the dried gumamela parts (1/4 cup dried gumamela in 1 glass of water). Bayabas is a small tree that can grow up to 3 meters tall with greenish-brownish smooth bark. The gumamela flower comes in many colors: red. Gumamela is used for the treatment of: • • • • • • • • • Bronchitis . anodyne and refrigerant. orange. chew the leaves in your mouth. cut into small pieces and boil (1/3 cup in 1 glass of water). contains a very high concentration of vitamin C. sore throat Fever . One is dried and the other is fresh. For Dried gumamela. swelling & abscesses. Wash. the use of gumamela tea is gaining worldwide popularity . leaves and roots are used. let cool and drink. Today. • To use as wound disinfectant. then cut into small pieces and sun dry. • Intake of gumamela (alone or mixed with papaya or papaya seeds) specially in large quantities can be an abortifacient. Gumamela has the following medicinal characteristics: expectorant. Let cool. This is used to treat: headaches (on the forehead). bladder infections High blood pressure Prevention of constipation Headaches Boils. The most common use of the leaves is for cleaning and disinfecting wounds by rinsing the afflicted area with a decoction of the leaves. Uses of Bayabas: • • • • • Antiseptic. The fruit. The fruit turns yellowish-green and soft when ripe. Preparation & Use of Gumamela: There are two ways to utilize gumamela as herbal medicine. coughs. Bayabas is also effective for toothaches. To make a decoction from fresh gumamela. emollient. The bark and leaves can be used as astringent. Wash gumamela flower and/or leaves. usually blended with Rose Hip has long been used in the Middle East and Okinawa as herbal tea. crushed or pounded . fever. anti-inflammatory. In the Philippines.as refrigerant drink Treats dysentery Urinary tract infection. Gumamela is also known as: Hibiscus. Gumamela (Hibiscus) is associated with longevity. fungi and ameba Used to treat diarrhea in children For Hypertension. the bayabas fruit. To use as decoction. swelling. China Rose and Shoeflower.

worms. Studies have shown that Lagundi can prevent the body's production of leukotrienes which are released during an asthma attack. Origanum. Plant Description: The Lagundi plant can grow up to five meters tall. colic and rheumatism. bronchial asthma. It can be described as a cross between a shrub and a tree with a single woody stem (trunk). sterols. Wintersweet and Winter Marjoram. Lagundi is available in capsule form and syrup for cough. flu. • The lagundi flowers are also good for diarrhea and fever. The leaves. diarrhea • Treatment of cough. 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. A substance with antihistamine properties and muscle relaxant. Oregano is a known herbal medicine for its strong antioxidant properties. thymol and carvacrol that are responsible for it's antiinflammatory. • The root is specially good for treating dyspepsia. Lagundi contains Chrysoplenol D. The anti-oxidant properties of oregano helps fight free radicals in the body that cause cellular damage and accelerate ageing.   6 . Oregano (Scientific name: Origanum vulgare) it is also known as Wild Marjoram. fever and flu and other bronchopulmonary disorders • Alleviate symptoms of Chicken Pox • Removal of worms. vitamin C and vitamin A. atherosclerosis and heart diseases. A decoction is made by boiling the parts of the plant and taken orally. parasites and fungi. boils. to name a few. Mountain Mint. Benefits: • Relief of asthma & pharyngitis • Recommended relief of rheumatism. 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. Drink half cup three times a day. For Insect bites. seeds and root of Lagundi can all be used as herbal medicine. It is one of the ten herbal medicines endorsed by the Philippine Department of Health as an effective herbal medicine with proven therapeutic value. flowers. Free radicals are believed to be involved with many degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis. apply the leaves as a poultice or a compress directly on the afflicted area. Today. chronic bronchitis and pharyngitis. Boil as with the leaves. For the prevention of degenerative arthritis and general good health drink oregano decoction daily. Lagundi's distinctive feature are the pointed leaves with five leaflets set like a hand. antifungal and anti-viral properties. Benefits of Oregano:   • • • • • • • • Good for cough relief Helps prevent degenerative arthritis Has Anti-aging properties help relieve osteoarthritis Healing wounds. boils. wounds and stings. Drink half a cup three times a day for colds. dyspepsia. anti-oxidant.Lagundi (Vitex Negundo) Oregano (Origanum Vulgare) Herbal Medicine: Lagundi (scientific name: Vitex Negundo) is a shrub that grows in the Philippines. Oregano also contains flavinoids. anti-bacterial. colds. Oregano contains a rosmarinic acid compound. and boils Preparation: • For boil half cup of chopped fresh or dried leaves in 1 cup of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Lagundi has been clinically tested to be effective in the treatment of colds. insect bites & stings Ease asthma attacks Relieves upset stomach Treatment of urinary tract problems     Preparation of Oregano Leaves:  Boil one cup of fresh leaves in 3 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. triterpenoids.

pimples burns. B6. insect bites and for moisturizing & hydrating the skin. diabetes • Helps prevent cancer & tumors • Eases Constipation • Antifungal. Sambong (scientific name: Blumea Balsamifera) is a amazing medicinal plant. it helps dispose of excess water and sodium (salt) in the body. choline. vitamin C. antiparasitic & antibiotic properties Preparation: • For treatment of skin inflammation.. Aloe Vera is also an antioxidant in which it prevents oxidation of certain fats and gene cells which prevents tumors and cancers. It also reduces free radicals which can damage the arteries. Since it is a diuretic. Sabila contains vitamins B1.) Sambong (Blumea Sabila (scientific name: (Aloe Barbadensis Miller Liquid) Aloe Vera can be used externally for the treatment of acne. It be taken internally for its many nutrients. remove the skin of a leaf then rub Sabila (Aloe Vera) juice on your skin and leave for at least 30 minutes. remove the skin and take internally. You can mix the Aloe Vera extract with fruit juice and other drinks. acne. 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. Sambong is one herbal medicine (of ten) approved by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) in treating particular disorders. 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. pimples & psoriasis • Analgesic properties for inflammation of skin • Helps reduce high blood pressure • Anti-aging properties • Heals insect bites minor burns & sunburns • Arthritis. The jell liquefies a after a few minutes and can be mixed with other drinks. 7 . B2. it is used to aid the treatment of kidney disorders. insect bites. arthritis diabetes. it has anti-aging properties. Benefits: • Treatment of acne. It is a antiurolithiasis and work as a diuretic. boils • Treats dysentery. sore throat Preparation: • Boil the leaves as like tea and drink 3 or more times a day. Aloe Vera is good for the health and can be taken internally or applied externally. niacin amide and 18 amino acids. Since Sabila is an anti-oxidant.. minor burns etc.Aloe Vera Herbal Medicine: Sabila or Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Miller Liquid) Sambong Herbal Medicine: Balsamifera L. • The leaves can also be crushed or pounded and mixed with coconut oil. constipation etc. The Sambong leaves can also be used to treat colds and mild hypertension.Sabila . antiviral. pimple. Aside from being a herbal medicine. • For hypertension.

Yerba Buena is one of the 10 herbs endorsed by the Department of Heath (DOH) as an effective alternative medicine for aches and pains.  Take a cupful every 4 hours for diarrhea. Yerba Buena has been consumed for centuries as tea and herbal medicine as a pain reliever (analgesic). Tsaang Gubat is a shrub (small tree) that grows (from 1 to 5 meters) abundantly in the Philippines. Forest Tea. In the Philippines.) Yerba Buena Herbal Medicine: Spicata) Yerba Buena (Mentha Tsaang Gubat is one of the 10 herbs that is endorsed the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an antispasmodic for abdominal (stomach) pains. • Drink as tea daily for general good health. it is used as a mouth gargle for preventing tooth decay. Chop to size for dried leaves. Chop to a desirable size and boil 1 cup of chopped leaves in 2 cups of water. 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. It can also relive stomach aches due to gas buildup and indigestion. Tsaang Gubat is also knows as: Wild Tea. It has elongated leaves and in summer bears small whitish or purplish flowers. tablets and tea bags. Boil in low heat for 15 to 20 minutes and drain. gastroenteritis and stomach pains. Yerba Buena is a herb of the mint family. In folkloric medicine. As an herbal medicine. Scientific name: Ehretia Microphylla Lam.  As analgesic. Benefits & Treatment of : • • • • • • • • Arthritis Head aches Tooth aches Mouth wash Relief of intestinal gas Stomach aches Indigestion Drink as tea for general good health. The word Yerba Buena is Spanish for "good herb" and was the former name of the California city of San Francisco. as tea for general good heath and because Tsaang Gubat has high fluoride content. Research and test now prove it's efficacy as an herbal medicine.  Gargle for stronger teeth and prevention of cavities. crush) and boil 2 teaspoons of leaves in a glass of water. take a cupful every 3 hours. Native American Indians used it even before the "white men" colonized the Americas. the leaves has been used as a disinfectant wash during child birth.Tsaang Gubat Herbal Medicine: Tsaang Gubat or Wild Tea (Ehretia Microphylla Lam. And is registered as a herbal medicine at the Philippine Bureau of Food & Drug (BFAD). this folk medicine's efficacy has been validated by scientific research. it is now available commercially in capsules. a decoction (boil leaves then strain) of Yerba Buena is effective for minor ailments such as headaches. And because Yerba Buena belongs to the mint family. Preparation & Use  Wash fresh Yerba Buena leaves in running water. soaking fresh leaves in a glass of water (30 to 45 minutes) makes for a good mouth wash for a clean. Today. fresh smelling breath. Aside from the traditional way of taking Tsaag Gubat. Boil in medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. The fresh and dried leaves can both be used for the decoction. as cure for diarrhea. It is an aromatic plant used as herbal medicine worldwide. toothaches and joint pains. Alibungog (Visayas Region). 8 . Putputai (Bicol Region) and Maragued (Ilocos Region).

Virgin coconut oil and regular coconut oil is rich in Lauric Acid. For many years. The Philippines is one of the best sources of virgin coconut oil and it's popularity in the country is legendary. chemicals are usually used. we decided to make an article about VCO because of the growing interest on the oil and after receiving several inquiries from our visitors. The milk is then fermented in containers for a day or two. You now have what is called. Bleached. Some coconut 9 . Much research still has to be done on the benefits of virgin coconut oil but preliminary findings and anecdotal reports are very promising. To get more oil from copra. oil is produced. This procedure also removes the antioxidant and other properties of the oil. The medium chain triglycerides of which virgin coconut oil is classified. Coconut oil also causes the metabolic rate to increase. This may well be the much needed medicine to restore to health the ailing Philippine coconut industry. When taken internally. But recent studies have shown that not all saturated fats are the same. an essential fatty acid that is only found in high concentrations in mother's milk. But the preferred manner by most is still the "Wet Milled" process. kiln or placing under the sun. This oil is carefully filtered and separated from the curd. The second method of producing virgin coconut oil (VCO) is using quick dried coconut meat and then processed in the same way. While virgin coconut oil. virgin coconut oil. Although not an herb. It is this compound that is believed to fight viral pathogens that protects the body from bacteria. then the meat is "Cold Pressed" to get the coconut milk without any chemicals. hence helps reduce weight and is safe and beneficial for diabetics. A more modern way of separating the oil from the curd is through centrifugal force. After which. oils are also hydrogenated which increases the serum cholesterol levels and thus is bad for the heart. pound the fresh leaves. viruses and infections from parasites. does not elevate LDL (the bad cholesterol) in our body compared to other polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as canola and sunflower oil which is widely produced in the west. ● Has anti-viral & anti-microbial properties ● Helps hepatitis C. unadulterated and unhydrogenated retains it's pleasant coconut taste. the oil must be further refined. then the meat of the coconut is shredded -a process called "Wet Milled". Difference between Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and Regular (RBD) Coconut Oil RBD stands for Refined. Because the process itself is not sanitized. For tooth aches. being pure. odor free and tasteless. squeeze juice out and apply on a cotton ball then bite on to the aching tooth. Lauric Acid turns into a compound known as Monolaurin. herpes patients ● Helps maintain healthy thyroid function ● Maintain LDL & HDL cholesterol levels ● Heals & nourishes the skin. hair & scalp chain Philippine Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) About Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) VCO is now getting global reputation as the healthiest and versatile oil in the world. How Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is Made First. smell and all the health benefits of coconut oil. the husk and the shell is removed from fresh coconuts.  Leaves may be heated over fire and placed over the forehead for headaches. RBD process is required to make the oil clear. Ordinary coconut oil usually comes from copra coconut meat that is dried by either smoke. Benefits of VCO ● A boost to the body's immune system ● A good source of saturated medium triglycerides ● VCO helps regulate blood sugar ● Lowers the viral load of AIDS patients. coconut oil has been discredited (specially in the west) because of it's high saturated fat content. and Deodorized.

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