Herbal Cures Part 2

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1. LAGUNDI
This grows anywhere in the country and is used as cure for headache, fever, cough, wound and ulcer. Doctors administering drug preparation out of lagundi reported that the prescribed dosage for fever of viral origin as 75 percent efficacy since it contains elements that inhibit the growth of influenza egg virus.

2. YERBA BUENA
It is widely used as a therapeutic drug. It is said to cure fever, indigestion, influenza, headache, cough, measles, edema, vomiting, asthma etc. The leaves are pounded and formed into a decoction for use internally or externally.

3. GUAVA
It is not only useful as a fruit tree but also as medicine long used by our forefathers. Its leaves are used as aromatic bath for treatment of diarrhea, toothache and vaginal wash. Its unripe fruit is also used along with leaves for ulcers. Doctors say it is 90 to 100 percent effective for diarrhea and colic. Studies show that a decoction of guava leaves is effective for pyorrhea, dental abscess, etc. when it is used as mouthwash.

4. TSAANG GUBAT
Doctors took interest in the use of this after writer-columnist Mario Chanco related how he survived about with dysentery during the Japanese occupation by using a decoction of the plant. Tests conducted by the doctors proved 80 to 100 percent efficacy of tsaang-gubat as anti-diarrhea and anticolic remedy.

5. NIYOG-NYOGAN
The dried fruit of this plant is traditionally used for treatment of intestinal worms, particularly ascaris and tricihina. The fruits are simple chewed after meal. Doctors prescribed a dose of 8 to 10 nuts for adults and 4 to 7 nuts for children as antihelminic treatment for ascaris.

6. IPIL ? IPIL
The powdered seed of ipil-ipil has been found to be effective against pin-worms.

7. AKAPULKO
The juice from crushed leaves of akapulko is used for treatment of ringworm and other fungus infections of the skin. The powdered leaves are rubbed over the affected area 2 to 3 times a day until the infection is removed.

8. SAMBONG
The leaves are used for arthritis, rheumatism, chest pain, cough, gas pain and headache. The leaves are pounded or crushed and mixed with coconut oil. It is good for edema caused by heart or kidney disorders and promotes the loss of water and sodium from the body that is why it is called a diuretic.

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