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Blumea balsamifera Sambong is found throughout the
Philippines, and grows wild on Mt.
Banahaw. Doctors in the Philippines
prescribe Sambong for the dissolution of
kidney stones. The leaves of Sambong are
used as a tea in the Philippines, and as a
cure for colds. It is also said to have
antidiarrhetic and antigastralgic properties.
It is also used as an expectorant. It is given
Sambong roots and leaves are used for worms and dysentery. It is one of the
most common used medicinal herbs in the
AKAPULKO Cassia alata Akapulko is a shrub that grows wild on
many areas of the Philippines. The leaves
contain chrysophanic acid. The leaves are
reported to be sudorific, diuretic and
purgative, being used in the same manner
as senna. The leaves are commonly used
for ringworm and other skin diseases. The
leaves in concoction are also used to treat
bronchitis and asthma.

AMPALAYA Momordica charantia Ampalaya is an alternative medicine; the
Philippine Department of Health endorses
this fruit as a natural, alternative herbal
medicine for liver problems. Scientific
evidence that ampalaya is healthful is not
yet available. However, there are numerous
recommendations for how to use this fruit
for health benefits.It is use for Diabetes,
Stomach Ache, Skin Irritations, Coughing
and Colds
Fruit,Leave or Roots
Bawang is one of our four “power herbs”
BAWANG Allium sativum having a long history and proof of being a
very effective medicinal herb. Bawang is a
diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant,
anthelmintic, and stimulant. As an
antiseptic, its use has long been recognized.
In World War I it was widely employed in
the control of suppuration in wounds. The
raw juice was expressed, diluted with
water, and put on swabs of sterilized
Leaves Sphagnum moss, which were applied to the
wound. Bawang is an invaluable medicine
for asthma, hoarseness, coughs, difficulty
of breathing, and most other disorders of
the lungs, being of particular virtue in
chronic bronchitis, on account of its powers
of promoting expectoration.
BAYABAS Psidium guajava The leaves and bark are known to be
astringent, vulnerary, and antidiarrhetic.
The bark is used in the chronic diarrhea of
children. The fruit is known to be
anthelmintic, and is used for high blood
pressure, poor circulation, diabetes and
asthma. The fruit also has probably the
highest concentration of vitamin C of any
of the tropical fruits in the Philippines.
Leaves and Bark

Vitex negundo
LAGUNDI The use of Lagundi for medicinal purposes has
a long history in the Philippines. Today,
pharmaceutical companies sell it in capsule
form at drug stores. The root is reported to be
tonic, febrifuge, and expectorant. The root is
also used in a great variety of diseases:
dyspepsia, colic, rheumatism, worms, boils,
and leprosy. The flowers are used in diarrhea,
cholera, fever, and diseases of the liver, and are
also recommended as a cardiac tonic. The
seeds make a cooling medicine for skin
Leaves,Root diseases and leprosy, and for inflammation of
the mouth. The leaves are reported to be used
for coughs and asthma.
NIYOG-NIYOGAN Quisqualis indica Almost all of its parts are used
individually, or mixed with other
ingredients, as remedy to
different ailments. In the Philippines, these
are taken to rid people of parasitic worms.
Some also use these to
help alleviate coughs and diarrhea.

SABILA ALoe barbadensis Juice of fleshy leaves is usually mixed with
gogo by Filipino women and used to
prevent falling of fair or as a cure for
baldness.Use for dandruff. Juice from
leaves mixed with wine used to preserve
the hair. Juice from leaves mixed with milk
used for dysentery and pains of the kidney.
Fresh juice expressed from the leaves is
spread on skin burns, scalds, scrapes,
sunburn and wounds.
PANSIT-PANSITAN Peperomia Pellucida Infusion and decoction of leaves and stems
are used for gout and arthritis.
Externally, as a facial rinse for complexion
Pounded whole plant used as warm
poultice for boils, pustules and pimples.It is
also popular as folklore medicine for eye
inflammation,high blood
pressure,arthritis,gout, kidney problems
Leaves among others.

MANSANILYA Chrysanthemum Preventive for cough, flu, epidemic

meningitis.Whooping cough (use entire

indicum plant or flower).Gas pains: Warm oil, add

and mix the flower heads, let stand for 30
mins and strain. Apply warm oily solution
to abdomen. Eczema
infections,Hypertension (use
flowers),Poisonous snake bites, sprains and
Entire Plant
MALUNGGAY Moringa oleifera Scalp problems. Malunggay leaves
pounded and combined with coconut oil is
used to treat scalp problems and to promote
hair growth.
Boosts immune system. Boiled malunggay
leaves contain immune boosting nutrients
used in sickness recovery.
Milk production in nursing mothers.
Boiled malunggay leaves used to promote
All parts milk production in nursing mothers.
Asthma. Malunggay leaves combined with
honey and calamsi to treat cough
and asthma
Skin rejuvenation. Malunggay is used as
skin restorer to promote skin rejuvenation.
Hypertension. Malunggay soup is used to
lower high blood pressure
TANGLAD Andropogon citratus To treat circulatory disorders, some
authorities recommend rubbing a few drops
of tanglad oil on the skin of affected areas;
it is believed to work by improving blood
flow. Tanglad has natural anti-microbial
properties, is an antiseptic, suitable for use
on various types of skin infections, usually
as a wash or compress, and is especially
effective on ringworm, infected sores.
Leaves Acne and athlete's foot. Tanglad is
effective in killing cancer cells
BANABA Lagerstroemia Banaba is widely used in the Philippines
and other Asian countries in traditional

speciosa medicine as herbal treatment for diabetes.

In India, Banaba is also used in Ayurvedic
medicine for the treatment of diabetes.The
Banaba leaves and flowers contain
corrosolic acid, a substance being studied
for its insulin like effect of lowering the
glucose in the body. Banaba is also being
Leaves studied as a weight-loss supplement for its
ability to delay or reduce the absorption of
Cough: Expectorant properties – Take
BALANOY Ocimum basilicum infusion or decoction of herb (9-15 gm of
dried herb) or tops as tea. Leaf juice helpful
for expectoration of mucus. Decoction of
leaves also used for hiccups, vomiting and
nausea. Gas pains: Decoction of herb as tea
helps to expel wind from bowels. Snake
bites: Crush fresh plant and poultice the
Leaves bitten wound. Gonorrhea, using a decoction
of the roots and leaves of plants.
IPIL-IPIL Leucaena glauca Leaves of lead tree have natural enzymes
that are really good for our skin. These
enzymes can trigger collagen formation is
the skin cells. Bark of lead tree is a known
analgesic that is used by people to ease
muscle pain. The coffee extracted from the
lead tree roasted seeds holds anti-cancerous
properties. It fights free radicals present in
Leaves the human body. These free radicals are
known to be the main reasons behind the
cell abnormality and cancer.