Philippine’s Medicinal Plants Part Two

Here is the next list of Philippine’s backyard plants that also have medicinal properties.

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.

Abukado (Persea americana)-Avocado

The tree may be erect and grows up to 10-15 meters high with alternately dark-green leathery leaves. The flowers are small greenish-yellow about 5 – 10 millimeters wide.  The pear-shaped fruit with a large central seed, can grows up to 20 centimeters long, and  weighs between 100 – 1,000 grams. Avocado typically grown from seeds, but may be propagated by grafting, marcotting and budding.  

Avocado fruit is a good source of potassium, fiber vitamins A, B,C and D. for medicinal purposes, the fruit, Leaves and seeds are use.  Here are some medicinal uses of avocado:

  • The leaves and the bark  is used to treat coughs.
  • The leaf decoction is good for treating sore throat, diarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhage.
  • The leaves are chewed as a cure for pyorrhea (gum inflammation with discharge of pus)
  • The leaf juice has antibiotic activity.
  • A warm moist preparation of leaves are applied on wounds.
  • Applying heated leaves on the forehead ease nerve pain.
  • The leaves and bark regulate menstruation.
  • Decoction of powdered seeds effective for toothaches and used to treat osteoarthritis.
  • Avocado tea used to treat worms.
  • Ripe fruit flesh ease sunburned skin while pulverized seeds good for dandruff.
  • Avocado oils good for treating infections, wounds and arthritis.

Atsuete (Bixa orellana Linn) Lipstick plant/ Annatto

Achiote (Bixa orellana) is a shrub that grows to 4-6 meters. The plant with shiny heart-shaped leaves, bears white or pinkish and bright red spiny fruits containing small red seeds. It is best known as the source of the natural pigment annatto, produced from the fruit.

Achuete is cultivated throughout the Philippines. Aside from its culinary uses, achuete also has many medicinal uses where the leaves, barks and seeds are utilized. Here are some :

  • For treating burns, fresh leaves boiled in water is effective. Let the water cool down and then soak  the affected areas for 10 minutes once a day.
  • Seeds’ pulp ease blistering and scarring.   
  • Moistened fresh seeds are effective in the treatment of red rashes.
  • A mixture of the leaves effective as purgative.
  • Poultice of leaves used for treating gonorrhea.
  • Decoction of leaves ease vomiting and effective for nausea.  
  • Decoction of leaves regulate menstruation.
  • Leaves are antidote for snake bites.
  • A mixture of warm coconut oil and is applied on the forehead for headaches.

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  1. I learned much from your information.TX

  2. informative

  3. Great article.
    Love the pics.
    Keep it up, my friend.

  4. great info,thanks for sharing :)

  5. An excellent and informative article. It is amazing to see how many medicinal properties plants can have.


  6. Nice info…

  7. Excellent article by all standards! Very informative,well researched,well presented and well written! I thoroughly enjoyed this read!

  8. Excellent informative article.

  9. Thanks for the info. It’s very helpful.

  10. I know the plants you mentioned, but do not know the details of their benefit. Very informative & well done.

  11. nice topic!

  12. Very informative article; great write.
    Thanks for sharing

  13. I was reminded why herbal capsules were such a promising business venture back home kabayan. A well written post.

  14. Informative post, kabayan, I have never heard or seen some of these medicinal plants.

  15. Interesting. I was surprised about the Avocado. I didn’t know the leaves have medicinal value. Some of the plants I have never seen or heard of. Great information.

  16. These are great remedies. I didn’t know about the avocado either. I love avocado with my salad. Great informative article.

  17. Natural healing always catchs my attention, there are so many natural remedies and yet the doctors and the goverments keep them quiet. Your article is well organized, informative; with lovely photos of items I never knew existed.
    Awesome article.

  18. Great information..Helpful remedies

  19. Excellent collections, kuya. I hope there’s part 3?

  20. Guys there will be Part 3, 4, 5, 6,…just gathering info.

  21. Thanks for sharing this with us, Donald. Good info.

  22. Very helpful list you have here. I didn’t know aratiles was medicinal, I thought it was just a food for birds, bats, and bored hungry children — haha. Yan ang kinakain namin pag nagutom na kami sa kakalaro.

  23. Beneficial and economical natural properties,Thank you.

  24. Your article on Philippine’s Medicinal Plants was very interesting and higly informative, papa..thanks a lot..cheers 8)

  25. thank you for the list it is a life saver it saved me so much time for my science project

  26. good work papaleng!

  27. very helpful…tnx

  28. There are many herbs medicinal plants around us we don’t know. Thanks for nice info

  29. a big help for my 2nd grader in project making in school…tnx. INFORMATIVE!

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