List of the most popular Philippine anti-cancer medicinal plants and herbs used as traditional and alternative medicine in the Philippines.
1. Labanos (Radish)
A coarse, annual plant, its roots fleshy and pungent; leaves are hairy; flowers, 1,5 cm. long, white or lilac with purple veins. Crevost and petelot report that the seeds are employed externally and internally in cancer of the stomach.
2. Violeta (Violet)
Thrives best in Baguio, Benguet Province – not adopted in lower altitudes – a low herb, has stout root-stocks; leaves 5 to 8 cm. long, heart-shaped base; flowers are fragrant 1.5 to 1.8 cm. long, petals are violet and with throat marked with white spots.
3. Lagunding-Dagat (Indian Wild Pepper)
It is found along the seashore and found in India, Mauritius, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Polynesia. A shrub or a small tree 1 to 4 m. high sometimes prostrate or ascending in habit, leaves are 3-foliotated 4 to 7 cm. long; fruit is rounded, 4 to 5 mm. in diameter. ground the leaves with garlic, pepper and tumeric and boiled rice are made into pills are used in treating cancer of the breast.
4. Tsitsirika (Pink Periwinkle)
An erect, smooth, hairy plant 30 to 50 cm. high, leaves are oblong, 4 to 7 cm. across borne in the axils of the leaves. It was reported that Dr. Padua had treated cancer at Laguna where she is in charge of the Arts and Sciences herbal medicinal program. Actually there was a published report that our local Tsitsirika are imported, by a large foreign pharmaceutical company in Germany to be processed into herbal medicine for the treatment of leukemia or cancer of the blood, a crude leaf extract provides relief in cancer.
5. Manzanilla (Chrysanthenum)
Introduced from China and thrives in Baguio City – an erect perennial herb, 30 to 60 cm. high; leaves are thin, oblong-ovate 4 to 6 cm. long; flowers are white or yellow, variously colored 10 cm. in diameter. The whole plant is employed in decoction in the treatment of, as a wash, for infected and cancerous sores.
An erect, branched, smooth herb, 0.4 to 1.4 m. high, leaves, elliptical 10 cm. long; flowers ere cylindrical, pendulous 3.5 to 4 cm.. The leaves contain malic acid. Some doctors reported that the leaves after being made pliable by being held over fire, are applied in the form of a poultice over boils, abscesses and cancerous swellings.
A climbing-vine, 4 to 10 m. high; stems 1 cm. thick; leaves are thin, ovate, 6 to 12 cm. long, flowers pale green; fruit is 7 to 8 cm. – a decoction of the stem is useful as an excellent vulnerery for itches, ordinary and cancerous wounds.
Only n Bontoc and Rizal – smooth, steam-less, herb; leaves are ovate, 7 to 15 cm. long; few flowers 4 to 6 or more. Its powdered rhizomes provide relief in early stages of cancer.
9. Gumamela-Pula (Red Hibiscus)
An erect, much branched, smooth shrub 1 to 4 m. high; leaves ovate 7 to 12 cm. long; flowers are solitary, very large, 10 cm. long. A flowers contain a little hibiscetin. In the Philippines, the flower buds, beaten into paste are applied as a poultice to boils, cancerous swellings and mumps.
10. Kalamansi (Calamansi)
A smooth, spiny tree, 3 to 5 m. high; leaflets are elliptic to oblong – 4 to 6 cm. long, fruit is yellow when ripe; flowers, auxiliary, solitary, white and short-stalked. Its juice is remedy and a relief for cancer.
A tree 4 to 10 m. high, leaves are alternate, oblong-ovate 7 to 16 cm. long; flowers 3 to 7 cm. long, fruits is spherical 6 to 8 mm. in diameter. The leaves, bark and seeds are used in cancerous swellings and can used in herpes.
12. Parol Parolan (Heart Pea)
A slender herbaceous, hairy vine 1 to 3 cm. long; leaves are trifoliate 5 to 9 cm. long, flowers are small, white, 2.5 mm long; fruits is inflated, 3-keeled. The leaves boiled in castor oil are applied for rheumatic pains, cancerous swellings, and tumors of various kinds.
13. Patani Beans (Lima Beans)
A climbing slender, smooth annual, hairy herbaceous vine 4m. long or more; leaves are thin, ovate 6 to 12 cm. long, 2 cm. wide.
14. Kamoteng – Kahoy (Cassava)
Erect, smooth, shrubby plant, 1.5 to 3 m. high, with stout fleshy roots; leaves are alternate, smooth, shrubbly, 10 to 20 cm. long. The low incidence of cancer in the Southern Philippines and in other rural areas is due to the continual ingestion of the vitamin B-17 (laetrile) in cassava and other foods rich in that vitamin.