Herbal plants grown in the Philippines include tsaang gubat, or wild tea; yerba buena, or peppermint; ampalaya, or bitter melon; and sambong or camphor. Tsaang gubat is drunk as a tea to alleviate eczema, scabies and itchiness.Continue Reading
Yerba buena tea is used for cough and colds, stomach ache, headache and toothache. A poultice is applied for rheumatism, arthritis and insect bites.
Ampalaya proves effective when treating hemorrhoids, coughs and burns, and it is being studied for its potential anti-cancer properties.
Sambong is taken internally as a diuretic to treat hypertension and fluid retention. The Philippine National Kidney and Transplant Institute recommends taking it for renal problems. It also exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties.Learn more about Southeast Asia