Medicinal Plants

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CHAPTER 1
The Problem and Its Setting
Introduction
Herbal medicine is the use of herbs or plants for their therapeutic or medicinal value. This practice is becoming popular nowadays due to the use of natural ingredients rather than synthetic ones. Though only a few people believe in its effectiveness, many researches have been conducted so that other people will start to trust its efficacy.

The research is all about the ten (10) herbal plants that the researchers have chosen with their corresponding treatment. These herbal plants were chosen based on its availability in the Philippine Market or in one’s home and backyard. These plants were chosen based on its therapeutic value in treating the common illness or disease experienced by a typical Filipino. These plants are the following: ginger, malunggay, lagundi, ampalaya, papaya, oregano, garlic, guava, sambong, and squash.

This study aims to reveal the plant’s therapeutic value. It aims to find out what part of a plant treats a specific illness so that this knowledge can be used by other people who experienced this disease. Background of the Study

Herbal medicine started during the olden days when people used leaves and plants for their sickness. The person who usually does that is termed as traditional healers or herbal doctors. These start of as a trial and error basis and the knowledge they had gained was passed on by words of mouth or a part of tradition from one generation to the other.

In the Philippines, the practice of herbal medicine in the province is very common. Long before, these herbal doctors didn’t have any specific knowledge on what these plants are for. They just try anything out and choose the plant that they think is more effective. Through generations of selective process, the herbs that were known to be effective were kept alive and the ineffective ones were soon forgotten. These herbs are also used now since it is less expensive compared to modern drugs.

The relevance of this to the researcher’s study is that Filipinos will have more knowledge on the selection of medicinal herbs to be used to treat their ailments and to input them on the plant’s effectiveness. It will also help the people understand some advantages and disadvantages of using this kind of practice. Setting of the Study

This study will be conducted at Centro Escolar University, Manila. CEU is a non-sectarian private university located at #143 Mendiola St., San Miguel, Manila. It was established on June 3, 1907 by Doňa Librada Avelino and Doňa Carmen de Luna for the instruction and training of the youth in all branches of the arts and sciences. With some benches, a single blackboard and a few books, the two educators steadfastly nurtured a dream of establishing a nationalistic center of learning for Filipino women. The first college which is Pharmacy opened in 1921. The College of Liberal Arts, Education and Dentistry followed one after the other. Three years later, the College of Optometry was established.

The university caters the instruction and training of the Filipino youth in studies that focus on the arts, humanities, sciences and allied medicine. CEU is also known for its Dentistry and Pharmacy graduates. All of the academic programs that the university offers are accredited levels 2, 3, and 4 by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the researchers will conduct most of their researches at the university library, which offers a vast collection of resource materials that is useful in obtaining relevant data for the study. The resources consist of print, non-print collection and electronic materials. Print materials are composed of volume of books supplemented with foreign and local periodical titles. Non-print materials include the CD-ROMS of books and periodicals and microfilms. Internet facilities are available for electronic resources and online subscriptions to professional journals. The university library is located on the...
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