Sambong (Blumea balsamifera L.


Sambong (scientific name: Blumea balsamifera) is an amazing medicinal plant. Coming from the family of Compositae, it goes by several names locally. It is known in the Visayas as bukadkad and as subsob in Ilocos. The plant is a strongly aromatic herb that grows tall and erect. Its height ranges from 1.5 to 3 meters, with stems that grow for up to 2.5 centimeters. It is an anti-urolithiasis and work as a diuretic. It is used to aid the treatment of kidney disorders. The Sambong leaves can also be used to treat colds and mild hypertension. Since it is a diuretic, this herbal medicine helps dispose of excess water and sodium (salt) in the body. Sambong is one herbal medicine (of ten) approved by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an alternative medicine in treating particular disorders. This plant possesses a multitude of properties that make it worthy of the DOH approval. It functions as an astringent and as an expectorant, and has been found to be anti-diarrhea and antispasm. As an astringent, preparations made of sambong leaves may be used for wounds and cuts. It is also suggested to be incorporated to post-partum baths, as well as considerable immersion of particular body areas that are afflicted with pains caused by rheumatism. Its expectorant properties make it as a popular recommendation to be

• Decoction of leaves is used as sponge bath.taken in as tea to treat colds.k. apply crushed and pounded leaves on forehead and temples.a. boils • Relief of stomach pains • Treats dysentery. Pansit-Pansitan (Peperomia pellucida Linn. • The leaves can also be crushed or pounded and mixed with coconut oil. 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. 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. on the other hand. • For headaches. Ulasiman-Bato . is to be taken in as cure for fever.) a. • Decoction of the roots.

yards and even roofs. An infusion or decoction (boil 1 cup of leaves/stem in 2 cups of water) can also be made and taken orally . Pansit-pansitan can be found wild on lightly shaded and damp areas such as nooks. Taken as a salad. Likewise a decoction can be used as a rinse to treat skin disorders. pansit-pansitan helps relive rheumatic pains and gout.1 cup in the morning and another cup in the evening. Like any herbal medicine it is not advisable to take any other medication in combination with any herbs. olasiman-ihalas & tangon-tangon in the Philippines. bruise the surface and apply on the forehead. For headaches. When matured. For the herbal treatment of skin disorders like abscesses. Pansit-pansitan has heart shaped leaves.Pansit-pansitan (family: Piperaceae) is an herbal medicine also known as Ulasiman-bato. . the small fruits bear one seed which fall of the ground and propagate. The leaves and stalk of pansit-pansitan are edible. It can be harvested. succulent stems with tiny flowers on a spike. walls. English name: peperomia. It is a small herb that grows from 1 to 1 1/2 feet. Consult with a medical practitioner knowledgeable in herbal medicine before any treatment. pimples and boils. 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. heat a couple of leaves in hot water. The decoction of leaves and stalks is also good for abdominal pains and kidney problems. washed and eaten as fresh salad.

pimples • Headache • Abdominal pains • kidney problems Malunggay (Moringa oleifera Lam. abscesses.) .Pansit-pansitan is used as an herbal medicine for the treatment of: • Arthritis • Gout • Skin boils.

is comprised of white wood that is soft in nature. Its other parts such as the seeds. For one. There have been claims that malunggay can be used to lower blood pressure. and such other activities that are most beneficial to mankind. The malunggay flowers are white fragrances that produce the pods. The malunggay leaves. commercial establishments have exploited the malunggay’s marketable qualities. the young pods. horseradish. This should be accompanied by water. medicinal value. minerals such as iron and amino acids. In all instances. and when peered closely. B & C. as well as.The malunggay plant is known to different parts of the world under various names including. It derives one of its names. They are circular. leaves and young pods are associated and perceived to be important because of the health benefits that it provides. which contain 250mg dried young leaves of the malunggay plant. Malunggay is also used for purgative and anti-fungal purposes. and is able to propagate in almost all kinds of soil. The malunggay plant. aid in pains caused by rheumatism. the plant is easily accessible as it can be found not only as part of the wild life. and the flowers have been established to benefit individuals as far as anti-oxidant. thin sheets that are attached to a main stalk. as wound cleanser. which are also used for medicinal purposes. There are various ways to derive the benefits from malunggay plant. from the taste of its roots. Malunggay proves to be a low-maintenance plant to grow. iron. and dool in some regions. anti-diabetic. circulatory stimulations. Health Benefits of Malunggay As have been mentioned earlier. one may eat the cooked leaves of the malunggay plant during his last meals of the day. there are various parts of the malunggay plant which are being used for health reasons. as when the concoction would be used for uncomplicated ailments like hiccups. which belongs to the Moringaceae family. For simple preparations however. It is one of the more popular and publicized plant that is acknowledged to have nutritional. Fortunately. Its flowers. are concerned. It is rich in vitamins A. horseradish tree. Tanglad | Lemon Grass . Now. there are commercial oil extracts of the malunggay flowers which are also in the market. In the same way. ascorbic acid and phosphorus. but not limited to. but also in the backyards of many Filipino homes. have a very distinct shape that makes it easily recognizable. as a means to end constipation. one can also purchase the commercial extractions of malunggay. especially when the ailment to be addressed is constipation. Aside from the natural and direct means. The bark of this tree has a gummy quality in it. as well as its being an anti-tumor plant. or as wound cleanser. wherein one is going to prepare the concoctions at home by picking the necessary parts from the plant itself. There are malunggay capsules that are now available in the market. both for consumption and for its preparation as a medicinal plant. the leaves may be crushed and applied to the affected area directly. as well. can grow as high as nine meters. cleanliness should be observed to avoid complications. which are used in certain Filipino viands. Most of the parts of the malunggay had been proven to be useful. headaches and migraines. All these prove the claim that this plant is indeed multi-purpose. the leaves of this plant proved to be a good source of calcium. drumstick tree. Because of the popularity that has been associated with this plant.

eradicates ring worms. It can be easily found in most Asian countries. along with fresh coconut oil. where all the benefits are derived. as the leaves grow up to one meter in length. The lemon grass plant may also serve as an insect repellant. What can be seen of this plant are mainly its leaves. tanglad is a permanent or perennial plant. It constitutes most of what appears of this plant above ground. and the benefits of which are not restricted to its fragrance. If it is infusion that an individual wishes to achieve. is the . the pain caused by toothache and sprain. or by placing crushed tanglad leaves in strategic places at home including the window sills. Health Benefits of Lemon Grass | Tanglad Studies show that tanglad helps ease stomach discomforts and aids in lessening. if not totally curing. Like malunggay. lemon grass can also be applied to sprains for easy healing. and are flat in shape. Another health benefit which can be derived from tanglad. and is widely cultivated in tropical areas. The utility of tanglad basically lies in its leaves. One can achieve an effect to this end either by applying liniment. By nature. thus. It is also an option to plant tanglad around the house so that placement of crushed leaves would no longer be needed. which allows easy access to the main part that is needed in order to enjoy tanglad's health benefits. particularly of mosquitoes. Lemon grass also displays anti-bacterial activities and antifungal properties. This can be done by chopping four ounces of the leaves and roots of tanglad and boiling them. one needs to prepare a liniment.(Andropogon citratus DC) Tanglad or lemon grass is a commercially-viable plant that is cultivated mainly for the fragrance that it produces. use one pint of water to boil the tanglad leaves with. In order to enjoy these benefits of tanglad.

tanglad balances the chili flavorings in dishes. as it detoxifies the body. Like saluyot. and in the Philippines it is even made part of commercial beverages. allows it to be used as food flavorings. Lemon grass reduces the level of uric acid and of other toxins. Lemon grass is incorporated in a multitude of Asian cuisines and dishes. Tanglad also has cleansing properties. tanglad’s properties on the other hand. This can result to better blood circulation and better digestion.calming effect derived from its scent. which allows it to be used by women who are suffering from menstrual problems or dysmenorrhoea. The plant also has therapeutic value. like the liver. exposure of an individual to the benefits of tanglad is greatly increased because of the nature with which it can be used. the fluid that is obtained from the boiled leaves of this plant proves to have medicinal purposes as well. as excess fats and cholesterol are cut down from the body. Such dishes include. When taken in. Thus. and from usual bouts of nausea. Such lemon grass leaves can also be used in its raw form by mixing directly with the food before it is served. Makabuhay (Tinospora rumphii Boerl) . and thus makes the skin firmer. which makes it a good option to detoxify the various internal organs. As saluyot can be taken in as part of one’s usual viand and dish. Also. lemon grass can aid an individual if such person is suffering from insomnia or stress. So aside from the oil that can be extracted from lemon grass leaves. Besides the health benefits. when the primary ingredient is fish or poultry. tanglad affects the tissues in such a manner that there would be a significant reduction and avoidance of acne and pimples. and are especially good. which makes eating a more enjoyable experience. it tones the muscles and the tissues.

Preparation and Use of Makabuhay It has been mentioned earlier that this plant have several medicinal uses. Health Benefits of Makabuhay Plant The stem of makabuhay plant is a primary ingredient used to concoct preparations that would prevent spread of malaria. preparation. The fruits of this plant have not been utilized nor established to have medicinal values.The makabuhay plant is a clinging vine. indigestion and scabies. pregnant women. which can be as long as two centimeters. the form. young children below the age of three. it is important to note that makabuhay can be found in most forests all over the Philippines. Thus. It grows in tropical areas. The plant belongs to the family of Menispermaceae. and the fruits of this plant are held in clusters. However. and manner of intake also vary . However. Also. both the dried and the fresh stems are found to be beneficial. patients with typhoid fever. The makabuhay leaves are thin sheets that are heart-shaped. those who are suffering from pneumonia. it is an effective ointment for pains caused by rheumatism. For the stems. Makabuhay is a Filipino translation of the English term ‘pro-life or to give life’. because their weak state will be in conflict with the strong medicinal effects that it manifests. and its flowers look distinct as they only have three petals. The makabuhay plant is known for its bitter nature. Only the leaves and the stems of makabuhay have been found to cure particular health concerns. should not in any way take decoction that contains makabuhay. and may be used as cleanser for skin ulcer and skin wounds. Clinical tests have shown that the decoction of this plant cures diarrhea. or rather climb. It is commonly known as the paliahan in the Visayas region. and can grow. and it is of little wonder why it is abundant in a country like the Philippines. This plant may be propagated by planting its stem. and the name itself suggests the primary purpose of such plant. up to fifteen meters long. which contains a bitter sap. and people diagnosed with heart problems.

according to the purpose for which it will be taken. Like any other medicinal plant preparation. 30 grams of fresh makabuhay stems. its preparation is different in such a manner that the stems have to be chopped. are supposed to be boiled for twenty minutes in three cups of water. . the stems are to be separated after frying. The preparation should be taken and drank in half a cup. However. and cure fever brought about by malaria. should there be complications suffered or no marked improvements seen after administering the said preparation. except for the face. when makabuhay is going to be used as an ointment for rheumatism. 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. instead of sautéing. The extracts can be derived by subjecting the boiled preparation in a strainer. A similar preparation is to be observed when makabuhay is to be used to eradicate intestinal worms. the stems are supposed to be boiled. Then. therefore removing the stems from the substance that are necessary to address the health concern discussed. for three successive nights. treatment should be discontinued and a physician is to be consulted. under low fire. In preparing this particular decoction. As soon as the wax have already dissolved and cooled down. twice a day before the first and last meals of the day. the prepared ointment can already be applied to the body. or 25 grams of dried ones. For instance. after which ½ glass of grated candle wax should be incorporated to it.

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