The Philippines 10 Most Promoted Medicinal Plants

10 medicinal plants approved by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an alternative medicine in treating particular disorders.

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

Ampalaya:(Bitter Gourd) – Momordica charantia

Ampalaya is a herbaceous, climbing vine that has heart-shaped leaves and grows to 5 meters. In the Philippines, ampalaya is grown year long for its bitter edible fruit. Each plant bears separate yellow male and female flowers. The fleshy green fruit has an oblong shape.  

Medicinal Uses (parts use: leaves, roots, fruits)

  • Leaves or root decoction can be use to ease hemorrhoids.
  • Juice made from leaves is use for cough, to heal wounds and as a purgative and  to drive out intestinal parasites.
  • Juice from fruit is effective for dysentery and chronic colitis.
  • A mixture of seeds and roots is helpful in treating urethral discharges.
  • Pounded leaves used for scalds.
  • Concoction of leaves relieved fevers.
  • It is also used for jaundice, eczema, abdominal pain, pneumonia, rheumatism, and psoriasis.

Recent  studies have suggested that ampalaya is highly recommended for the treatment of diabetes. It contains  a plant insulin responsible for its blood sugar lowering effect.

Akapulko: (Ringworm Bush) – Cassia alata

Akapulko or Acapulco in English is an erect, shrubby legume found throughout the Philippines. It grows up to 6 feet tall, with dark green compound leaves. It has yellow-orange flowers that produce on average 50-60 small, triangular seeds. The parts use are leaves, flowers and seeds.

Medicinal Uses: (parts use: leaves, flowers and seeds)

  • The seeds are used in expelling intestinal parasites.
  • Decoction of leaves and flowers eases cough.
  • Crushed leaves and juice extract are used to treat fungal infections such as; ringworm, athlete‘s foot, scabies, eczema, and herpes.
  • Pounded leaves are used for insect bites, rheumatism and reducing swelling of joints due to injuries.  
  • Mixture of leaves and flowers used as mouthwash in the treatment of stomatitis.  
  • The leaves stain is used as purgative.
  • The juice of the leaves is used for the treatment of fetid discharges.
  • Decoction of leaves are used to treat bronchitis and asthma.

Bawang: (GARLIC) - Allium sativum

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  1. That’s useful.

  2. Very informative and I love the visuals!

  3. Excellent!..a very well written and highly informative piece…Wonderful pics too. Well done! ..I always enjoyed reading of your article..I LIKED it!..Thanks for sharing magnificent work. Keep it up papa.

  4. Great work..Nice info

  5. Great info. I love alternative meds.

  6. Informative and great article. Have my liked it. Thanks.

  7. I have great interest in native herbal medicines, because they empower us, and we can take care of ourselves w/o going to doctors for every little problem. I have used many herbs myself and at least 50% of what I see here I am familiar with. We have them in India as well. Great work done. They will be useful for generations to come. It is a job I wish to do myself and pass on the knowledge to my children, if to no one else.

  8. Great article. Oregano is also popular as an herbal remedy for cough.

  9. A v ery useful and informative article. thanks for sharing.

  10. You wouldn’t believe that individual plants could cure so many ills. It’s amazing. An informative and well written article.


  11. I know the first four. They were growing in our garden in South America when I was a child.

    Great article.

  12. Wow… this is great. Ampalaya is known in my country as Pare, and I like it soooo much. I think I’ve seen lagundi somewhere near my hometown before, but I cannot remember the local name. Great post, Papaleng!

  13. Good post my good sir. Great job on this :)

  14. Amazing medicinal plants stuff.

  15. I am one who believes that the natural the plant is the better it is to us. Nice work with great information!!

  16. So interesting. I’m glad you inform us above list

  17. Great article papaleng! Interesting and full of facts! Thanks for sharing!

  18. A very interesting articlee to read,didn’t know about any of these you wrote except garlic..even then you taught me a few thing.Absolutely awesome article to read!

  19. very informative…I like bitter gourd,Gauva and mint

  20. Great medicinal info and very thorough Papaleng!

  21. Learned many new things with this article. Well done.

  22. papaleng,
    Your article is very informative and interesting. I heard that garlic is also good for arthritis. I wish some of these plants grow in the US. Nice work my friend:)

  23. mahal na ngayon ang gamot sa botika, kaya kailangan natin ng alternative medecine….good info.

  24. YES !! for GOD made all of this for us..because he loves us…but we peole of GOD destroy it and make it not as good as it is…please visit the ADVENTST site for more of this…you will be amaze if you do!

  25. kaya nga!!since first laht ng mga gamot ay mkikita lang sa paligid…please visit the adventist site for more of this!!

  26. kaya nga!!since first laht ng mga gamot ay mkikita lang sa paligid…please visit the adventist site for more of this!!

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  28. I needed that in my Science subject.
    Thanks it help me to learn something new.
    It is very useful.

  29. job well done, papaleng!

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  31. Wow, not only is this an informative article, but the photos were awesome.

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  33. This is a very helpful article. Alternative Medicine is so wonderful..Learning is absolutely wonderful. Well written.

  34. Thanks for sharing great information its really nice

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