Herbal medicine has been a part of the our medical culture even with the advent of modern medical practice and technology. Traditional medical practice (e.g. use of herbal plants and unconventional medical practices) is deeply rooted in our culture and history. While there are risks in using herbal medicines, as there is no standardized procedure of preparation for most of the known herbal medicines utilised by a lot of Filipinos, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) recognises the need to verify and endorse herbal medicine (with proper guide for preparation).
Here are the 10 DOH-approved and endorsed herbal medicines:
Akapulko (Cassia alata)
Akapulko is commonly referred to as “ringworm bush” and “acapulco” in English. It is an herbal medicine that grows wild in the tropical climate of the Philippines. Its leaves contain chrysophanic acid, a fungicide that is used to treat fungal infections. Its leaves are also sudorific, diuretic, and purgative and can therefore be used for deworming and other intestinal problems. It can also be used to treat bronchitis and asthma. Acapulco is commonly used as ingredient in soaps, shampoos, and lotions in the Philippines.