Medicinal Plants in the Philippines

Please follow and like us:
1

MEDICINAL PLANTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Recently, we had a tourist coming in at the office to ask if we are selling an all-natural skin-care products such as mosquito repellent. He is a Swiss who, apparently, likes to use all-natural products as much as possible. Maybe some two weeks back, another European came by to check on our products and turns out to be the same as the Swiss guy – looking for all-natural natural products. Obviously, these two encounters have encouraged me to write more about the natural stuffs and that will be starting more with medicinal plants.

Now, I don’t know where to begin when it comes to that but I figured I might just continue where we left off with medicinal plants (we wrote articles about the Dengue fever cure Tawa-tawa and the natural mosquito repelling plant Citronella). So now, if you are like the European travelers and explorers who are careful and are a fan of natural products, here are Philippine’s top medicinal plants FYI.
MOST POPULAR
Traditional medicinal plants are still an option for many Filipinos despite the very modern world’s fascination to non-traditional counterparts. From fever to diabetes and kidney health, we’ve got natural wonders that will get those issues under control. Here are the most common ones:
  1. Tawa-tawa or Euphorbia Hirta (see link for full description) – is growing in popularity as a cure to the deadly Dengue fever, a mosquito-transmitted disease. 

    Medicinal Plants
  2. Lagundi or Five-leaved Chaste Tree – is the most popular alternative to cough medicine in the Philippines. It is used to treat fever, cold, asthma, rheumatism, dyspepsia, boils and diarrhea.  

    Medicinal Plants
  3. Acapulco or Ringworm bush – is used to treat Tinea infections. It is either of the following: ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch. Acapulco treats eczema, insect bites, itchiness and scabies. The leaves can be pounded and the extract from it can be used to apply directly on the affected area. The leaves of acapulco contains chrysophanic acid, which is used as a fungicide and cure for fungal and skin infections.   
    Medicinal Plants
  4. Bayabas leaves or Guava leaves – is a popular fruit and also a very effective herbal medicine in the Philippines. It is very good as antiseptic, anti inflammatory, antispasmodic (relieves spasm or involuntary muscles), anti-allergy, antimicrobial, and anti-plasmodial among the few. The leaves are boiled and the water from it is used to wash the wound. Washing the wound with bayabas water helps dry the wound faster thus healing it.

    Medicinal Plants
  5. Ampalaya or Bitter Gourd – is very popular in the Philippines as a part of the Filipino meal along with some fish dishes or just with rice. Ampalaya is also known as one of the “King of Bitters”.  This herbal medicine is proven to be effective in the treatment for diabetes. This is also being studied for anti-cancer properties. The leaves have curative effects that relieve rheumatism and gout. It also helps to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.


    Medicinal Plants
  6. Malunggay or Moringa Oleifera – is a big part of many Filipino dishes. It is also a favorite of breast-feeding moms when they need some milk to nurse their babies. Just a few sip of soup with these leaves sets the milk factory raging for the waiting baby 🙂 . Malunggay have strong antioxidants. It is rich is phosphorus and iron. It is a rich alternative to meat proteins and is a source for potassium, calcium, vitamins A and C. This super food is used in treating coughs, asthma, gout, lumbago, rheumatism, enlarged spleen or liver and other deep-seated inflammations.

    Medicinal Plants
  7. Sambong or Blumea Camphor – is a very popular herbal medicine to fight kidney problems. This is because of it’s diuretic qualities, or this herbal plant would make you you pass more urine. This is endorsed by the Philippine Health department (DOH) as a diuretic treatment for hypertension. This herbal plant also flushes uric acid. Aside from all of these, Sambong has also antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is good for those with skin problems.


    Medicinal Plants
  8. Bawang or Garlic – is a common medicinal plant and ingredient in cooking. This is popular in the Philippines  to lower hypertension. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer properties. It is a popular supplement for reducing cholesterol levels. But some like to take it raw.

    Medicinal Plants
  9. Niyog-niyogan or Rangoon Creeper – is best known in the Philippines for it’s deworming properties. Although it also helps in affecting fever, ulcers, headaches, diarrhea, painful urination, and is anti-cancer.

    Medicinal Plants
  10. Tsaang Gubat or Scorpion Bush – is in the Philippine Department of Health’s Top 10 List of medicinal plants. It is for treating skin allergies such as eczema, scabies and itchiness. It is also popular traditionally to treat childbirth wound.
    Medicinal Plants
These are the top ten medicinal plants, I know, in the Philippines. In conclusion, it’s great to know that there are more of these alternative medicine available still. They are all around us or even in our own backyard. It is amazing for me to hear testimonies of people about using herbal medicine . Like Tawa-tawa. Many people were dying of dengue fever while these herbal plant of Tawa-tawa is just lying around. Plants with medicinal value is pulled-out. Time came and people started talking about getting healed of dengue through this weed. And then everyone now seems wanting to plant and cultivate this wonder weed on their own garden and backyard. So, maybe we don’t have to really worry a lot when facing sickness. If that is the case, then maybe the cure are just around us. It can be a medicinal plant in the woods; a lifestyle with exercise;  and balanced diet or a life with ample time given to sleep. Maybe? Just maybe.
Please follow and like us:
1
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.