Philippines are one of the places in the world in which the modern medicine seem to be working along the indigenous medicine. People on the Philippines have all benefits of modern hospitals, educated doctors and surgeons, but still many turn to alternative treatments or combine Eastern and Western medicine. Herbal remedies and faith healing are also present in this country.
Scientists believe that there are thousands of herbs in the Philippines, waiting to be discovered as cures for different diseases. Many plants are used in traditional Philippine medicine, but only a handful of them are proven to be safe and efficient. Their Department of Health (DOH) authorized only 10 most popular and most used plants as safe and studied.
Herbs for Chronic Diseases
Ampalaya, garlic and pansit-panistant are the remedies frequently used in Philippines to treat chronic medical conditions.
Ampalaya, with its Latin name Momordica charantia, is a cucumber looking fruit, recommended by both Chinese and Philippine traditional medicine. The juice of this plant has been approved by the DOH for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, liver problems and also as the medication used to treat HIV infection.
Pansit-Panistant leaves and stalks are used as the tea or poultice. The tea is supposed to be good for the gout and arthritis, while the poultice should speed up the healing of skin injuries.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is also used in Philippine herbal medicine. They call it bawang and use it against bacterial infections and to lower the cholesterol in the blood.
Herbs against Parasites
Akapulko, also known among herbalists as Cassia alata or ringworm bush is used to treat skin fungal infections in the Philippines.
Niyog-niyogan, Chinese honeysuckle or Quisqualis indica is eaten in the Philippines when you need to get rid of the intestinal worms. Philippine herbalists recommend eating dried seeds of this vine plant, about 2 hours after the meal.
Herbs Used in Western Medicine
Philippine herbalists also use many plants familiar to Western medicine. For instance, they also use carrots and ginger. Grated carrots are considered to be full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, and they are used to cleanse the body and regulate menstrual cycle. According to the Philippine herbalists, ginger is beneficial for people suffering from heightened blood cholesterol, but can also be used to ease the nausea.
Always consult your doctor and certified herbalist about herbs you want to use, because these remedies might provoke side effects or cause allergies and different reactions in or on the body.
Children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are not advised to use these or any other herbal remedies.