Names of some of the medicinal plants in the Philippines include bawang, bayabas, gumamela, lagundi, luya, oregano, akapulko, ampalaya, sambong and sabila, according to Healing Wonders of Philippine Medicinal Plants. These plants are commonly used to treat illnesses ranging from coughs and diarrhea to asthma and kidney stones.
Bawang, also known as garlic, reduces blood cholesterol and lowers blood pressure, notes Philippine Herbal Medicine. The leaves of the bayabas tree, known as guava leaves, serve as an effective disinfectant when boiled. Gumamela, also known as hibiscus, functions as a cold remedy. Luya, a rhizome, serves as an antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic compound, with other medicinal properties.
Westerners commonly use oregano as a cooking herb, but the people of the Philippines mash and boil down the leaves, producing a compound to treat upset stomach, arthritis, asthma and coughs. Lagundi, a shrub, works to treat asthma, worms, colic and boils, among other conditions. The succulent Sabila helps to heal burns and other ailments, including eczema, notes Philippine Herbal Medicine. The shrub Akapulko is effective against skin conditions, including ringworm and fungal skin infection.
Ampalaya, a vegetable also known as bitter melon, has properties helpful in the treatment of diabetes. Sambong treats many illnesses, including kidney stones and other disorders of the kidney.