10 Most Common Herbal Medicines in the Philippines

Herbal medicine is considered as the oldest form of medicines.

Herbal Medicine is the oldest form of medicine and has at one time been the dominant healing therapy throughout all cultures and the peoples of the world. The first examples of the use of herbs as medicines date back to the very dawn of mankind. Archaeologists have found many evidences of the use of herbs by Neanderthal man in Iraq some sixty thousand years ago. All of the ancient civilizations – the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Indian and Roman used herbs as an integral part of their various medical systems. The first famous Herbalist, who stressed the importance of nature in healing, was Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Medicine”.

It is on the long and continuous history of herbs as medicine, together with knowledge taken from modern scientific research, that today’s herbalism is based.

The Philippine Institute of Traditional an Alternative Health Care has approved the 10 most common herbal medicines and as approved by the Department of Health.

Acapulpo. Scientific Name- Cassia Alata

It Contains chrysophic acid, a fungicide and saponin, a laxative.


  1. Treatment of skin dideases such as insect bites, ringworm, eczema, scabies and itchiness
  2. Expectorant for bronchitis and dyspnea
  3. alleviation of asthma symptom
  4. Diuretic and purgative
  5. Laxative to expel intestinal parasites and other stomach problems
  6. Ampalaya or Bitter Melon. Scientific Name- Momordica Charantia

Herbal medicine known to cure Diabetes (flavanoids and alkaloids). It is good source of Vitamins A, B, and C, iron, folic acid, phosphorous and calcium.


Scientific Name- Mormordica Charantia

  1. Good for rheumatism and gout
  2. Good for diseases of spleen and liver
  3. Aids in lowering blood sugar levels
  4. Helps in lowering blood pressure
  5. Relieves headaches
  6. Disinfects and heals wounds and burns
  7. Can be used as cough and fever remedy
  8. Treatment of intestinal worms, diarrhea
  9. Helps prevent some types of cancer
  10. Enhances immune system to fight infection
  11. It is an antioxidant, parasiticide, antibacterial and antipyretic
  12. Garlic. Scientific Name- Allium Sativum

An antibacterial compound known as Allicin. It is known as nature’s antibiotic. Its juices inhibits the growth of fungal and viruses thus prevents viral, yeast and viral infections.

Preliminary test also shows some positive results in the treatment of AIDS.


Scientific Name- Allium Sativum

  1. Helps lower bad cholesterol level (LDL)
  2. Aids in lowering blood pressure
  3. Remedy for arteriosclerosis
  4. May help prevent certain types of cancer
  5. Boosts immune system to fight infection
  6. With antioxidant properties
  7. Relieves sore throat, toothache


Scientific Name- Psidium Guajava

The fresh leaves are used to facilitate the healing wounds and cuts. A decoction or infusion of fresh leaves can be used for wound cleaning to prevent infection. Guava is also effective for toothache.

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  1. very informative,this article will be of help to many,thanks

  2. I agree with nobert. This is a very helpful article.

  3. Thank you for the great tips Clarisse, hugs and kisses

  4. Very healthy advices.

  5. Thanks for your research on this useful topic! Take care!

  6. Great article, Claris!

  7. Hi claris thanks for putting this up. :-)

  8. This is the first time I’ve heard some of their uses.
    It is very informative; good job!
    God Bless You!

  9. more herbal medicines & pls.mention the parts of the plant that is using

  10. thanks for the information…..pls teel us what part of the philippines can we easily find this lants, becoz of course it is not 100% sure that we could find this plants in our designated places like me i am living in davao and some of the plants that are specified here are not all can be seen in davao.

  11. Can you display the image of the plants stated becase for sure some of the plants there are not known for the filipinos by its name but because of its style or form.Thank you!

  12. wow!ur smart! whatyou’ve done is not easy especially specifying the complete thought of this herbal plants! what a good job! Keep it! your smart!God Bless!

  13. it helps some of my ass…tnx…

  14. thanx for the help

  15. thanks for your help

  16. claris,a very well put together article on the subject. please put some pictures of these herbs on the site so we can be sure of the right one.

  17. thankzzz…

  18. thanks for this detailed article

  19. alah lang..

    panget ko..


  20. it helps a lot… pls post more…and specify thedossage and preparation…tnx..hoping the doctrs will recomend it together with med

  21. hai tnx for the info. that u have given to us it so helpful to our thesis works

  22. thanks po..


  23. thank you for the informations… really helps for our research papers all anout herbal mdicines and the for te knowledge of the following medicines,,thank you..=)

  24. thankx-for’

  25. Please let me know what is the best remedy for my aunt at 78 years old suffering for pain at the back due to osteoporosis,
    intense pain make her weak and bedridden. Please let me know of
    herbal the best herb medicine as pain reliever. We have been in the hospital for one week and we need natural medicine to alleviate the pain. Kindly help for this is a situation where we can’t have a good sleep and rest coz of my patient.

  26. great info. we will learn a lot from this.

  27. …very nice claris!

    It helps us students to know more about the herbal medicines&its scientifis name.. It ts very useful 2 us…


  28. We’ll, I learned things about those medicinal plants. It really helped my classmates in writing their theses…

    thanks a Lot!!

    thom_4-SSC Archimedes O.N.H.S
    Iloilo Province

  29. nice one..smiles! 2 thumbs up for you!! :D

  30. Thanks a lot

  31. post pa po kayu ng iabng herbals plants tnx.

  32. TAMA BA ITONG 10MOST COMMON HEBAL MEDICINES MO?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  33. opo naman it’s all correct, we’ve learned that from our community health nursing class, i’m a nursing student po….

  34. wow that can help to my report and thank you 4 the person who made this website…i think she/he’s good..

  35. thanks for this article…pwede bang pkilagay din ang mga imageng mga halamang gamot?

  36. great guide

  37. thanks for sharing this article. i really appreciate it. especially in my thesis right now. GODBLESS!

  38. salamat po sa pagsagot/pagshare ng sagot……….

  39. i love gregorio

  40. good advice from herbal medicines

  41. Thanks!

  42. pwede paki lagay ng pictures?
    useful po xa in all fairness

  43. it has a lot of information TY….hehehe
    for our ass.

  44. Thanks a lot. :) )

  45. hahayzxz ang tanga ang bobo

  46. it’s so very knowledgable….how to use the herbal plants in our sorroundings…:)

  47. ulol kaYU LAHAT

  48. thanks for the info…………

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