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HERBAL MEDICINES ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AND CHEAPER FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN BARAS, RIZAL

A Research Paper Presented to
International Language Department
Centro Escolar University
Mendiola, Manila

by
Joanna Mae E. dela Cruz
Ma. Lynne Queen B. Morales
Raemhelle Elaine Palad

February 2013

Chapter I

INTRODUCTION

Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. For

example, ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal plant

uses. Indigenous cultures such as African and Native American used herbs in their

healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems in which herbal

therapies were used systematically. Scientists found that people in different parts of the

globe tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.
In the early 19th century, when methods of chemical analysis first became

available, scientists began extracting and modifying the active ingredients from plants.

Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds, beginning the

transition from raw herbs to synthetic pharmaceuticals. Over time, the use of herbal

medicines declined in favor of pharmaceuticals.

Long before the introduction of modern medicines and Western curative

methods, herbal medicines had been widely used in the Philippines.
The use of medicinal plants or herbs has been gaining popularity this past few

years in the Philippines and worldwide as more clinical proof emerges that validates

many of the age-old alternative medicines used by Filipino folks that has been passed

on. The curative effects of the herbs were tested by traditional healers on their patient.

The knowledge and skills on the curative application of any given herbal medicine has

been handed down from generation to generation.

Whenever a culture attempts to assimilate alien ideas, social stresses are bound to occur,...