Medicinal Plants for Common Diseases

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Medicinal Plants for Common Diseases

  1. 1. • They ar e abundant i n t he Phi l i ppi nes. • They can be easi l y cul t i vat ed i n t he backyar d, i n pot s, on f ar ms, and i n t he f i el ds. • They abound i n mount ai ns and f or est s . • They ar e l ess expensi ve t han t he medi ci nes f ound i n dr ugst or es. • The pr oper and saf e use of medi ci nal pl ant s wi l l hel p t he gover nment t o r educe i mpor t at i on of expensi ve dr ugs.
  2. 2. 1. Keep the harvested medicinal plants materials clean by removing dirty foreign substances. 2. If washing is necessary, do it as quickly as possible after harvesting. 3. Dry the plant materials under the shade. If plant materials are succulent, cut them into a small pieces. 4. Store dried materials in colored plastic or glass bottles properly covered and place it in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. There are various ways of preparing medicinal plants for effective and beneficial use. To ensure effective use of medicinal plants in treatment of ailments, here are some guidelines recommended by the DOH:
  3. 3. 5. Properly label the container with the name of the plant and the date it was collected. 6. Well dried and well stored plant materials can be used up to six months after collection. 7. Discard the plant materials if there are molds or other signs which show that they are rotten. 8. Observe cleanliness in the preparation of medicinal plants. 9. In the absence of weighing scale, use tablespoon to determine the amount of plant material needed.
  4. 4. 10. Use only earthen ware pots, enamel, or any utensil except the aluminum kind. 11. Decoctions are prepared by boiling the plant materials in a given amount of water for five to fifteen minutes. 12. Infusions are prepared by soaking the plant material in a given amount of water for fifteen to twenty minutes. 13. Use the plants as recommended. 14. Use the medicinal plants according to the dosage and direction recommended.
  5. 5. 15. For each symptom of disease, use only one kind of medicinal plant at a time. 16. Stop the use of the medicinal plant should any untoward reactions or side effects occur. 17. If there are no signs of improvements after two to three administrations, consult a physician immediately
  6. 6. Department of Health recommends the following medicinal plants for common ailments which can be prepared by decoction:
  7. 7. Department of Health recommends the following medicinal plants for common ailments which can be prepared by decoction:
  8. 8. Department of Health recommends the following medicinal plants for common ailments which can be prepared by decoction:
  9. 9. Use: • Cough and Asthma -Divide decoction into 3 parts -Drink 1 part in the morning, 1 part at noon, 1 part in the evening. • Fever -Drink each part every 4 hours. REMINDERS: Be cautious in using other species of lagundi (with 1 or 3 leaves)
  10. 10. Use: Gas Pain & Fever • Divide decoction in 3 parts. • Drink each part in the morning, at noon, and at night. Joint Pains, rheumatism • Fresh leaves may also be pounded. • Heat them slightly. • Apply on affected joints at night or any time pain is felt. Dizziness • Crush some fresh leaves • Have the dizzy person smell the crushed leaves Toothache • Pound enough fresh leaves. • Squeeze the juice out. • Wet a piece of cotton in the juice. • Insert the cotton in the cavity of aching tooth.
  11. 11. Use: -Divide decoction into 3 parts -Drink each part in the morning, at noon, and at night. REMINDERS: This is not a treatment for kidney or urinary infection.
  12. 12. Use: -Divide decoction into 3 parts -Drink one part every 4 hours. REMINDER: Can be used as mouthwash for strong teeth.
  13. 13. Use: For Cleaning Wounds -Pour the decoction over the wound 2 times a day. For Mouth Infection & Swollen Gums -Rinse mouth and gargle with the decoction. -Do this 3 times a day. For Toothache -Take 2 fresh guava shoots, wash them well. - Chew and allow them to settle on aching tooth. For Dizziness -Crush some fresh shoots. -Have the dizzy person smell the shoots. For Cleaning Teeth -Wash the fresh shoots thoroughly. - Brush teeth with the shoots. -Reach as many teeth as possible. -Do this after each meal. REMINDER: Select the native guava tree because only this tree has been used in the research and found effective for the treatment of the ailments as mentioned earlier.
  14. 14. Use: Apply the juices of the leaves over the affected area 1 to 2 times a day. REMINDER: Persons allergic to fresh leaves of acapulco may use the decoction for washing the affected area 1 to 2 times a day.
  15. 15. Decoction: • Wash the leaves thoroughly. • Prepare 1 ½ cup of fresh leaves and add 2 glasses of water. • Boil in low fire for fifteen mins. In an earthen pot without a cover. • Cool and strain. • Divide into 3 parts and drink each part in the morning, at noon, and at night.
  16. 16. REMINDER: Do not eat garlic when the stomach is empty to prevent irritation of the stomach and intestines. Tinea Flava, Barber’s Itch, Athlete’s Foot -Pound the needed quantity of cloves of fresh garlic. - Apply directly on the affected part at night or whenever pain is left. Joint Pains and Rheumatism -Pound at the needed quantity of cloves. -Heat a little, if desired. - Apply as poultice on affected part at night or whenever pain is left. Toothache -Pound one small clve of fresh garlic. -Insert into the cavity of aching tooth. - If pain persist, change garlic every 2 hours, counsult a dentist.
  17. 17. Use: • Eat the seeds two hours after dinner. • If there is no effect after the first use, repeat taking the same dosage after one week. REMINDER: Unpleasant reactions or effect may come up, such as hiccup, stomachache, and diarrhea.
  18. 18. Use: • Drink 1/3 cup three times daily, 30 minutes before eating. • The first leaves may be steamed and be eaten (1/2 glass, 2 times daily)

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