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Top 10 Herbs which may Save your Life

Our ancestors had longer lifespan and they had no pills or medicines to help them survive during that time. Though the environment and eating norms have changed dramatically through the years, the body’s reaction to natural herbs remains the same.

The Department of Health, named 10 medicinal plants which are clinically proven to give relief to certain ailments. These herbs are grown abundantly in our country and it is time that we take advantage of our natural riches.

Akapulko
Scientific name: Cassia alata
AKA: Bayabas-bayabasan, kapurko, katanda, katandang aso, pakagonkon, sonting.

Akapulko is a bush which is widely grown in areas with tropical climate. This is often infused in lotion and skin care products because of its anti-fungal properties. It contains chrysophanic acid which is used in the treatment of fungal infections such as scabies, ringworms and eczema. Akapulko is also used as laxative to release parasites in the intestines, as expectorant for bronchitis, and it is also known to relieve asthma.

Preparation: Pound leaves and apply juice to affected area. If allergic reaction occurs, boil leaves, set it aside to cool and wash the affected area with it.

Ampalaya
Scientific name: Momordica charantia AKA: Bitter melon, bitter gourd

Filipinos are very familiar with this infamous bitter vegetable. It is well-known as an alternative medicine for treating liver problems since it stimulates the production of beta cells by the pancreas. It also catalyzes insulin protection which is very helpful in controlling blood sugar, and is also used in treating cough, women’s sterility, parasite infections,and skin diseases. Eating its fruit also provides the body with Vitamin B, calcium, iron and phosphorus.

Preparation: Boil two glasses of chopped ampalaya leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes. Strain, divide into three servings and drink three times a day 30 minutes before each meal.

Bawang
Scientific name: Allium Savitum
AKA: Garlic

Aside from making our food tasty, this kitchen cupboard mainstay can lower cholesterol and control blood pressure. Research suggests that eating garlic may also prevent the hardening of arteries, which can lead to heart diseases and stroke. Though there is no strong evidence yet, garlic is recommended to lower the risk of certain types of cancer.

Preparation: Fry cloves of garlic, broil it, soak in vinegar for 30 minutes, then blanch in water for five minutes. Eat two to three cloves after every meal.

Bayabas
Scientific name: Psidium guajava
AKA: Guava

Guava leaves have been used by the oldies to treat wounds. Further studies and experimentations revealed that the antiseptic properties of guava leaves can also aid in relieving diarrhea, toothache, gum swelling, skin ulcer, and is used as vaginal wash especially after childbirth.

Preparation: Boil two glasses of chopped bayabas leaves in four glasses of water for 15 minutes. Wash wound with it twice a day.

Lagundi
Scientific name: Vitex egundo
AKA: Five-leaved chaste tree

Those who are dependent on antihistamine will surely be happy with this medicinal plant. It has been proven to be effective in treatments of flu, colds, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, and pharyngitis. It is also known to relieve rheumatism, dyspepsia, diarrhea, fever, boils, and worm-infection.

Preparation: Boil one glass of chopped lagundi leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes. Strain, divide into three servings and drink as tea three times a day.

Sambong
Scientific name: Blumea balsamifera
AKA: Blumea camphora

The modern sodium-infested diet will definitely need the aid of sambong to protect the kidneys. It helps flush out excessive water and salt inside the body to prevent it from developing kidney stones. It also aids in the treatment of hypertension, rheumatism, colds, fever, dysentery, and it helps remove worms and boils.

Preparation: Boil one glass of chopped sambong leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes. Strain, divide into three servings and drink as tea three times a day.

Niyog-niyogan
Scientific name: Quis quails L.
AKA: Chinese honeysuckle

The seeds of niyog-niyogan is recommended in expelling intestinal worms such as ascaris and trichina. Its leaf juice is used as remedy for ulcers and boils and can also relieve pain caused by fever. Its roots are used to treat rheumatism while its fruit concoction can be gargled to relieve toothache.

Tsaang Gubat
Scientific name: Ehretia microphylla Lam
AKA: Wild tea, forest tea, alibungog, putputai, maragued

Abdominal pains can be relieved by tsaang gubat. This widely abundant shrub in the Philippines is used for the treatment of motility, gastroenteritis, dysentery, diarrhea, and is also used to wash the body.

Preparation: Boil one glass of chopped tsaang gubat leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes. Strain, divide into three servings and drink as tea three times a day.

Ulasimang Bato
Scientific name: Peperomia Pellucida
AKA: Pansit-pansitan, sida-sida, tagulinaw

Add a large dose of healthy factor to your salad with the leaves and stems ofpansit-pansitan. This herb is know to alleviate arthritis and gout, and it can also be used externally as facial wash for boils, pustules and pimples.

Preparation: Boil one glass of chopped ulasimang bato leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes. Strain, divide into three servings and drink as tea three times a day.

Yerba Buena
Scientific name: Clinopodium douglasii
AKA: Peppermint

Many have encountered the soothing coolness of peppermint in different forms such as candies and skin care products. Its aromatic properties are very helpful in relieving dizziness, and its pounded leaves can be used to treat insect bites, relieve headaches and toothache. Drinking its infused tea alleviates body aches, dysmenorrheal, fever, stomach aches, and diuresis. Even pharmaceutical practitioners use peppermint oil to subdue unpleasant medicinal smell.

Preparation: Boil one glass of chopped lagundi leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink tea. Pounded leaves can also be applied to painful external areas.

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