Top 5 Medicinal Plants in the Philippines You Should Know About
In 1997, then Pres. Fidel Ramos realized the value of traditional medicines and signed into law, RA 8423, also known as TAMA, Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act, creating PITAHC, promoting and advocating the use of such healthcare modalities.
- Sambong or Blumea Camphor (Blumea Balsamifera)
Helps treat kidney stones, wounds, cuts, rheumatism, diarrhea, spasms, colds and coughs, and hypertension. It is quite popular in treating kidney problems because of its diuretic qualities.
2. Akapulko or Ringworm Bush or Acapulco (Cassia Alata)
Also known as bayabas-bayabasan, it is used to treat tinea infections, insect bites, ringworms, eczema, scabies and itchiness. The leaves contain chrysophanic acid, a fungicide used to treat fungal or skin infections.
3. Ampalaya or Bitter Gourd (Momordica Charantia)
Often used to treat diabetes, hemorrhoids, cough, burns, and scalds. The fruit itself is commonly used as supplement for diabetic patients.
4. Bawang or Garlic (Allium Sativum)
With anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer, and anti-hypertensive properties, this is a very commonly used herbal medicine. Some take it as a supplement because it has the ability to reduce cholesterol level.
5. Bayabas or Guava Leaves (Psidium Gujava)
Known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-oxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-allergy, anti-microbial, anti-plasmodial, anti-cough, anti-diabetic, and anti-genotoxic properties, it is no wonder that the bayabas leaves would always be in the list of medicinal plants.
Alternative medicine has always been a go-to treatment when we see the symptoms. A medical exam in Cebu helps in making sure that the illness is properly diagnosed. Doctors exist for a reason and when you visit a diagnostic clinic in Cebu, you help your doctor with accurate results. This greatly helps in prescribing the right kind of medication.
Many times, we feel that a branded name in medication is the only answer. We forget that these medical herbs and alternative treatment through these medicinal plants have existed for a reason…they work. More importantly, the reason why we have a law that mandates the use of medicinal plants is because we believe in how effective they have been since then, until now.