Philippines Medicinal Plants Part Four

The Philippines is blessed with more than 500 medicinal plants, and below is another list of 10 medicinal plants approved by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an alternative medicine in treating particular disorders.

Part Four in a series of articles about the Philippines’ common medicinal plants.

Caimito — Chrysophyllum cainito Linn. Star Apple

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The star apple tree is erect, growing to about 8-30 m tall, with and a dense, broad crown. The alternate, slightly leathery evergreen leaves are elliptic about 2 to 6 in (5-15 cm) long. The flowers are purplish-white, small and bunched in the axils of leaves. The shiny and purplish or light-green skinned fruit is large and rounded, about  6 to 10 cm in diameter. The flesh is fibrous, sweet, and pleasant tasting.

For its medicinal purposes, the seeds, leaves, bark, fruit are utilize. Below are some of star apple’s medicinal usage:

  • Decoction of the bark is use to relieve Dysentery
  • The ripe fruit is good for easing up inflammation in laryngitis and pneumonia.
  • The slightly unripe fruits are eaten to relieve intestinal problems.
  • A decoction of the bark is drunk as a stimulant.
  • The bark latex used on abscesses
  • Decoction of bark used in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, gonorrhea, and hemorrhages.
  • The bitter, pulverized seed used as tonic, for fevers and diarrhea.   
  • As a decoction is gargled to relieve angina.
  • A decoction of the leaves, is taken as a pectoral.
  • The medicinal tea made out of the leaves is used diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Chico–Achras sapota Linn.–Chiku Tree, Sapodilla

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The chico tree is an upright, very branched, slow growing evergreen tree, growing up to 8 meters tall. The leaves are oblong, are medium green and glossy, 3 to 4-1/2 inches long and 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide. Flowers are small. hairy outside, about  3/8 inch in diameter. They are borne on slender stalks in the axil of the leaves. The fruit is brown, large, fleshy, ellipsoid, 5-10 cm in diameter. It contains black, hard, glossy seeds.For medicinal purposes: Bark, seeds, fruit are utilized.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Decoction of the bark or leaves good for relieving diarrhea, dysentery,  fever coughs and colds.
  • A tea made with the green fruit and the flowers is drunk to relieve pulmonary ailments
  • Crushed seeds help expel bladder and kidney stones.
  • Seeds when ground with water, acts as diuretic.
  • Seed kernel oil used as dressing for falling hair.
  • Seed infusion used as an eyewash.
  • Decoction of leaves used for treating wounds, hemorrhage, and ulcers.
  • A paste made from the seeds is a good antidote for venomous stings and bites
  • A tea made with sapodilla and chayote leaves is thought to be good in lowering blood pressure.
  • The latex can be used as a filling for tooth cavities.  

Curly dock –Rumex crispus –Yellow Dock, Rumex 

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  1. Another great list, Kuya. I am surprised about Durian. I didn’t know much of its benefits. Thanks.

  2. awesome

  3. thank you for sharing your article..

  4. This is great infomation, everyone should be aware of how their native plants can be used.

  5. Gr8 article. We have chico in our country too except for this plant, I didn’t knew any of the others. I was not even aware of the fact that such plants existed.

  6. Well presented with lots of good info.TX friend.

  7. You have an interesting article, I like the medicinal plants. My grandmother used to go to the woods to gather yellow root, heart leaf, haw berries, and I wish I could remember all the plants she gathered and what they were used for.

  8. great share thank u

  9. great share thank u..

  10. It is fun to read about this plants

  11. Well done.

  12. I find it extremely interesting to know that these plants have such medicinal value. Thanks for sharing.
    Monica.

  13. Now, that’s being clever. I didn’t know that these list are medicinal. Wow, new knowledge.

  14. Now, that\’s being clever. I didn\’t know that these list are medicinal. Wow, new knowledge.

  15. very informative

  16. excellent share..thanks!!

  17. Good share & nice pictures!

  18. I learned so much from this informative and well researched article papaleng, excellent reading.

  19. great!thanks alot..

  20. Another therapeutic post, kabayan. Reading this nature’s bounty of our homeland makes me feel healed already.

  21. Great list of medicinal plants.

  22. Thanks for sharing this well-researched an informative article.

  23. What a wonderful research!

  24. learned a lot!

  25. Well research and very good output of information! Thumbs up, bro.

  26. Thanks a lot. It really helped me on my senior project about medicinal fruits and plants :) Thank you

  27. THANK U very muCh!!!!!!IT REALLY help me!!!!!!!!!!!

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