10 Herbal Medicines Accepted by Philippine DOH

Lagundi
Common names: Dangla (Ilokano); five-leaved chaste tree, horseshoe vitex.
Indications and preparations: Leaves and flowering tops decoction, syrup, tablets and capsules for coughs, colds, fever and asthma.

Yerba Buena
Common names: Herba buena, menta (general); marsh mint, mint leaves.
Indications and preparations: Tablets, capsules, tea for pain e.g. headache, toothache, arthritis; for cough, gaseous distention; pounded leaves, ointment for insect bites, colds.

Sambong
Common names: Sambong (Tagalog); lakad-bulan (Bikol); Ngai camphor (English).
Indications: Diuretic in hypertension; dissolves kidney stones.

Tsaang-gubat
Common names: Putputai (Bikol); alangit (Bisaya); forest tea, wild tea.
Indications and preparations: Pills, leaf decoction for gastroenteritis; as gargle to prevent cavities.

Niyog-niyogan
Common names: Tartaraok (Tagalog); balitadham (Bisaya); Rangoon creeper, Chinese honeysuckle, liane vermifuge, yesterday, today & tomorrow.
Indications and preparations: Fruit (kernel) anthelmintic; leaves poultice for headache.

Garlic
Common names: Ahos; Bawang
Uses: Folkloric; reduces cholesterol in the blood and hence, helps control blood pressure.

Akapulko
Common names: Adadisi (Ting.); Akapulko (Sul., Tag.); Ancharasi (Ig.); Andadisi (Ilk.); Andadasi-a-dadakdel (Ilk.); Amdadasi-ñg-bugbugtong (Ilk.); Andalan (Sul.); Bayabasin (Tag.); Bikas-bikas (Tag.); Buni-buni (Bag.); Gamotsa-buni (Tag.); Kapurko (Tag.)
Uses: used to treat ringworms and skin fungal infections.

Ampalaya
Common names: Ampalaya (Tagalog); paria (Ilokano); palia (Bisaya); bitter gourd, bitter cucumber, bitter melon (English)
Indications and preparations: anti-diabetic (non-insulin dependent); for fertility regulation.

Bayabas
Psidium guajava L. Myrtaceae
Common Names: Guava, guyava, kuawa; Bagabas (Ig.); Bayabas (Ilk., Tag.); Bayabo (Ibn.); Bayauas (Bik., Pang.); Bayawas (Bik.);Biabas (Sul.) Guava (Engl.)
Uses: Astringent, antispasmodic, anthelminthic and antiseptic properties. Leaves used for wounds and toothache must always be fresh. Decoction or infusion of fresh leaves used for wound cleaning to prevent infection and to facilitate healing.

Pansit-pansitan
Common names: Ulasiman-bato, pansit-pansitan (Tagalog); olasiman-ihalas (Cebu,Bisaya); tangon-tangon (Bikol); peperomia
Indications and preparations: Infusion, decoction or salad for gout and rheumatic pains; pounded plant warm poultice for boils and abscesses.

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