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For years, herbs have been used to treat several ailments. Here is a list of herbal medicines and their uses: 

1.   Recently, AMPALAYA has gained popularity for its use in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. Studies have suggested that ampalaya contains a certain plant "insulin" responsible for its blood sugar lowering effect. Available in capsule form, it is recommended as an adjunct or supplement to traditional therapeutic regiments for diabetes. Aside from that, ampalaya is also an excellent source of Vitamin B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. It has twice the amount of beta-carotene in broccoli and twice the calcium content of spinach.

2.   Though BAWANG does have anti-hypertensive effects, it has been proven that its effects are not as dramatic as once thought. Presently, on-going studies are checking its beneficial effects on serum cholesterol and LDL levels. Herbalists however believe that cooking diminishes its medicinal potency and thus recommend eating garlic cloves raw. Available in capsule form, one medium clove is equivalent to a 600 mg capsule.

3.   SAMBONG can be used effectively as a diuretic in the treatment of hypertension and fluid retention and in the dissolution of kidney stones. 

4.   The crushed leaves and juice extract of AKAPULKO can be used for skin diseases, such as ringworm, tinea pedis (athlete's foot or "alipunga"), eczema and insect bites. You can use the seeds for intestinal parasitism, while a decoction of leaves and flowers can be used for cough.

5.   Frequently found growing in your own backyard, BAYABAS leaves can be used for diarrhea, toothaches and wounds. 

6.   Available as a syrup or tea, LAGUNDI has proven to be a soothing cure for irritating cough.

7.   A decoction of boiled leaves of NIYOG-NIYOGAN can be used for urinary infections, diarrhea, fever and skin diseases. 

8.  PANSIT-PANSITAN is known to cure boils, pustules and pimples. 

9.  TSAANG GUBAT has been used in the treatment of diarrhea and cough.

10. One of the oldest household herbal remedies known, YERBA BUENA has been used in the treatment of headaches, toothaches, cough and arthritis.

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