A Complete Tutorial About Herbal Medicine in the Philippines
✦ Akapulko: Scientific name - Cassia alata and common name - ringworm bush.It is used for treatment of ringworm, fungal infections, and other skin disorders like eczema and scabies.
✦ Bayabas: Scientific name - Psidium guajava and common name - guava.It is an effective plant for disinfecting wounds and treating gum diseases. It helps control diarrhea and stomach parasites. Tea made from fresh bayabas leaves exhibits antiseptic properties. It is used as a mouthwash or a wound disinfectant
✦ Lagundi: Scientific name - Vitex negundo and common name - five-leaved chaste tree.It helps relieve symptoms of cough, pharyngitis, and asthma (various bronchopulmonary disorders).
✦ Niyog-niyogan: Scientific name - Quisqualis indica L. and common name - Chinese honeysuckle.The matured seeds are effective for getting rid of intestinal worms. The herb can help alleviate the symptoms of cough and diarrhea. The leaves can reduce body pain.
✦ Ulasimang Bato Scientific name - Peperomia pellucida and common name - pansit-pansitan.Its leaves are used to treat gout and arthritis. You can eat them fresh or make tea from them. The herb is also used to treat abscesses, acne, pimples, and boils. It can speed up the process of wound healing. It is used as an herbal medicine for the treatment of skin/eye inflammation, sore throat, burns, fever, headache, diarrhea, etc.
✦ Tsaang Gubat Scientific name - Ehretia microphylla Lam. and common name - scorpionbush or wild tea.It is used to treat stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, gastroenteritis, etc. Its leaves are rich source of fluoride, and the tea made from the leaves can be used as a mouthwash. Regular consumption of the tea can keep you healthy.
✦ Sambong: Scientific name - Blumea balsamifera and common name - blumea camphor.This diuretic herb works great for kidney stones and edema (fluid retention). It is also used to treat hypertension & rheumatism. It helps remove worms. One can use it to get rid of boils too. A study suggests that sambong extract can be used in the treatment of hepatoma (liver) cancer patients. Crushed and pounded leaves of sambong, when applied on forehead, help reduce headache.
✦ Yerba Buena: Scientific name - Clinopodium douglasii and common name - peppermint.This aromatic herb can be used for relieving pain and body aches (It helps relieve headache, toothache, stomach ache, etc.) Yerba buena poultice can help relieve pain due to arthritis. It is commonly used in commercial mouthwashes. It can relieve gas, and can lower the symptoms of indigestion. It can be consumed for general good health.