Medicinal Plants in the Philippines: a Guide to Its Common Uses

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Historically, early humans relied on medicinal plants for remedies of diseases. that were made Before the onset of medicinal science, into medicine. Medicinal plants are people searched for remedies for different illnesses by using plants various plants thought by people to have medicinal properties, but few plants or their phytochemical constituents have been proven by rigorous science or approved by regulatory agencies to have medicinal effects. Herbal medicine is defined as the use of natural herbs and plants for the treatment or prevention of diseases, disorders and for the promotion of good health. Medicinal plants and herbs have been used by our Filipino forefathers for many centuries. This knowledge was passed on from generation to generation. In the past few years, a renewed interest on this natural method of treatment arose not only in the Philippines but worldwide. This popularity will continue as medical science validates the affectivity of many medicinal herbs as alternative medicine.

This Philippine herbal medicine site is presented in a layman's language for easy understanding. The contents herein are based on sources such as medical publications, bulletins, articles and other reliable sources that the researchers have gathered, condensed and edited for easy reference. The researchers have chosen to include commonly utilized medicinal plants and herbs that are used as alternative medicine in the Philippines. These herbs have undergone clinical and laboratory test and have been proven to have therapeutic value and have

been generally recognized and recommended by most researchers and medical practitioners to be effective alternative medicines.

This research is meant as a general reference and guide only. It is not intended as a substitute for the services of a licensed medical practitioner. Consult with a doctor knowledgeable with herbal medicine or Philippine medicinal...
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