10 Highly-Recommended Philippine Medicinal Plants

Filipinos are now choosing the safer and more beneficial approach when it comes to treating health conditions

 

The Philippines is one country that is well known for its natural and organic approach in health care as well as medicine through the natures natural resources. The wonders it gives to the body is highly recommended regardless of age, gender and ethnicity. The risks and side effects are zero to none, that is why many have opt to try the safer and more beneficial approach when it comes to treating their conditions.

 

Below are the 10 most recommended and used medicinal plants found in the Philippines that is endorsed by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) the herbs stated below have been thoroughly tested and have been proven to have medicinal value.

 

Ringworm Bush

ringworm-bush

Also known as the Bayabas-bayabasan. Its scientific term is Cassia Alata. It is used for the treatment of ringworms and skin fungal infections. The akapulko plant is distinguished by its shrubby legume with dark green compounds.

 

Ampalaya

ampalaya

Also known as the Bitter gourd or Bitter melon. Its scientific term is Momordica Charantia. It is well known for treating diabetes for non-insulin patients. The ampalaya fruit is  colored green and pointed ends at length. The insides contains seeds.

 

Bawang or Garlic

bawang

Its scientific term is Allium Sativum. It helps in reducing cholesterol in the blood and control blood pressure. Both used in the medical and culinary world. Garlic is a            relative of onion and is a low herb growing up to 2 feet only.

 

Bayabas or Guava

Guava-1

Its scientific term is Psidium Guajava. Used as a antiseptic for wounds. It is  also used as a mouth wash for tooth decay and gum infection. Guava fruit is a shrub or a small tree around 7 meters high and has aromatic leaves that is also used for medicinal purposes.

 

Lagundi

lagundi

Also known as  the 5 leaved chaste tree. Its scientific term is Vitex Negundo. It is used for coughs and asthma. The lagundi is a shrub tree that stands 2 to 5 meters high. It spurs flowers colored blue or lavender.

 

Niyog-niyogan or Chinese honey suckle

Chinese-honey-suckle

Its scientific term is Quisqualis Indica L. It is used to eliminate intestinal worms. An unbranched shrub with the height of 5 meters. Its young shoots are edible.

 

Sambong or Blumea Camphora

Sambong

Its scientific term is Blumea Balsamifera. Because of its diuretic properties it can help excrete urinary stones and can also be used as an edema. It is a half wood aromatic shrub that stands 1 to 4 meters high.

 

Tsaang Gubat

Tsaang-Gubat

Its scientific term is Ehretia Microphylla Lam. Consumed in the form of tea, it treats intestinal motility and can also be used as a mouth wash due to its high fluoride content. A   branch shrub standing at 1 to 4 meters high with a fruit that is round and yellow when ripe.

 

Ulasimang Bato or Pansit-pansitan

PeperomiaPellucida

Its scientific term is Peperomia Pellucida. It fights arthritis and gout. The leaves can be eaten whether as a salad or boiled into a tea. A shallow rooted plant  with round stems and leaves that are heart shaped and turgid.

 

Yerba Buena or Peppermint

peppermint-herb

Its scientific name is Clinopodium Douglasii. It is used as analgesic to relive body aches and pain. The plant is easily distinguished because of its minty aroma.

 


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