For centuries, herbal medicine has been a widely accepted practice in preventive medicine. As a part of what is considered natural medicine, the use of herbs whether in fresh dried tea, tincture of capsule form, has been proven to be effective with most people in curing, if not alleviating, most health problems.
The history of medicine is really the history of plants used in medicine.
While pharmaceutical companies worldwide invest huge sums of money on the research of the medicinal properties of plants, there is a resurgence of an age-old trend the actual application and/or oral consumption of fresh and dried plants as teas, poultices, and oils to prevent, manage, and fight disease. Interest in the use of medicinal plants and folk medicine practiced in Ancient China, India, and the Philippines has been revived.
Dr. Edward Bach, a young physician, gave up his practice when he discovered that the medicines he prescribed to his patients did more harm than good. Thus, he combed the English countryside in search of help from nature. He discovered 38 flowers that helped overcome the twelve negative states of mind leading to disease. Some o these included: fear, doubt, indecision, indifference, self-distrust, pride and aloofness.
- Aloe Vera Soothes the stomach lining. 1 to 2 tsps. In hot water.
- Parsley - Acts as a cleanser. High in iron. Helps fight infections.
- Mint/Peppermint - Calming tea.
- Sage/ Camomile/ Marjoram Antiseptic and nerve-calming. Take before bedtime.
- Thyme Improves digestion.
- Panax Ginseng Good for prostate problems. Increases the male hormone testosterone.
- Siberian Ginseng Energy booster.
- Ginger Great for stomach and throat problems. Presently under-going tests along with turmeric for its anti-tumor properties.
- Dandelion Roots and flowers great as a diuretic.
- Lemongrass Strong diuretic properties.
- Garlic Strengthens the immune system. Take one capsule daily or make a tea.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Helps in digestion and increases resistance to disease.
- Sarsaparilla Purifies the blood.
- Coffee An old Italian trick to settle the stomach after over eating. Antacid.
- Beet Good for the liver. Regulates the menstrual cycle.
- Carrot Rich in betacarotene, a cancer-fighter.
- Celery Good cleanser and relaxant.
- Tomato Rich in vitamin C.
- Potato Great antispasmodic.
- Apple A good cleanser and tonic.
- Banana Potassium drink.
- Citrus (Guava / Lemon/ Dalandan / Dayap / Calamansi/ Lime) Rich in vitamin C. Good for the skin.
- Cranberry Good for hangovers. Cleanses the kidneys and urinary tract. Two ounces distilled water + two ounces cranberry juice, two to three times daily.
- Pineapple Energy booster.
- Grape High in natural sugar.
- Papaya Helps cleanse the bowels.
- Almond Milk Energy drink. Add nutmeg or cinnamon to enhance flavor.
- Powerhouse drink Tonic for energy. Low fat milk/ Yogurt / Coconut milk/ Goats milk. Add ½ cup almonds, 1 egg + the shell (calcium, bananas, apples, grapes.) Plus, 1 Tbsp. wheat germ, 1 to 3 Tbsps. Molasses, and 1 tsp. bran. Mix in blender until smooth.
Philippine Herbal Medicine
- Lagundi A small tree whose leaves are an effective defense and cure for asthma and cough. Anti-pyretic; used to control fever; boil the leaves and take in as tea.
- Yerba Buena When taken as a tea, it is a natural analgesic.
- Sambong A shrub shoes leaves can lower blood sugar, dissolve kidney stones and treat hypertension. Also a diuretic. Take in as tea.
- Tsaang Gubat In tea form, it is good for food poisoning and diarrhea.
- Niyug-niyogan Good for deworming.
- Akapulko A shrub whose leaves, when boiled, can be used as body wash and scrub to cure fungal infections, scabs, psoriasis and other skin disorders.
- Pansit-pansitan (Ulasimang Bato) A wild sprig that can be used in salads. Prevents gout, rheumatism, and uric acid build-up.
- Ampalaya lowers blood sugar levels; boosts the immune system, both fruits and leaves are potent; take in as tea or simply fresh. Quick Ampalaya Salad: Slice the fruit thinly and wash with a little salt to remove the bitterness. Throw in tomatoes, onions, crushed garlic, and apple cider/ lemon juice with a few drops of olive oil.
- Banaba Blood cleanser.
- Tanglad Diuretic
- Guava Use the leaves to make tea. Fights gingivitis and bad breath. Can be used as mouthwash to control gum inflammation.
- Garlic Natural antibiotic that boosts the immune system and controls hypertension. Take the bulb fresh or cook with your favorite food. Available in capsule form.
- Noni A fruit endemic to the Philippines and Polynesia whose juice has been known to treat various ailments from hypertension to diabetes.