HERBAL MEDICINES (approved by DOH)
This is the list of the ten (10) medicinal plants that the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) through its “Traditional Health Program” has endorsed. All ten (10) herbs have been thoroughly tested and have been clinically proven to have medicinal value in the relief and treatment of various aliments. Mnemonics: S-A-N-T-A-L-U-B-B-Y
Sambong (Blumea balsamifera) - A diuretic that helps in the excretion of urinary stones. It can also be used as an edema. (Anti-edema, diuretic, anti-urolithiasis) Akapulko (Cassia alata) – also known as “bayabas-bayabasan”, this herbal medicine is used to treat ringworms and skin fungal infections. (Antifungal) Niyog-niyogan (Quisqualis indica L.) – is a vine known as “Chinese honey suckles”. It is effective in the elimination of intestinal worms, particularly the Ascaris and Trichina in children. (Anthelminthic) Tsaang Gubat (Ehretia microphylla Lam.) – Prepared like tea, this herbal medicine is effective in treating intestinal motility and also used as a mouth wash since the leaves of this shrub has high fluoride content. Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) – it most known as a treatment of diabetes (diabetes mellitus), for the non-insulin dependent patients. Lagundi (Vitex negundo) –Its main use is for the relief of coughs and asthma. Ulasimang Bato (Peperomia pellucida) – also known as “pansit-pansitan” it is effective in fighting arthritis and gout. Bawang (Allium sativum) – popularly known as “garlic”, it mainly reduces cholesterol in the blood and hence, helps control blood pressure. Bayabas (Psidium guajava) – It is primarily used as an antiseptic, to disinfect wounds. Also, it can be used as a mouth wash to treat tooth decay and gum infection. Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii) – commonly known as Peppermint, this vine is used as an analgesic to relive body aches and pain. Tips on Handling Medicinal Plants / Herbs:
If possible, buy herbs that are grown organically – without pesticides....
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