ARTEMISIA GOOD FOR DYSMENNORRHEA TREATMENT

Have you ever been suffering from menstrual pain? or Looking for dysmenorrhea treatment? Try Artemisia an herbal that is good for dysmennorhea and can treat numerous body disorders.

ORIGIN AND DESCRIPTION

Artemisia (artemisia tridente) refferred to as wormwood and sagebrush.This herbs are commonly called Artamisa in hiligaynon. In greek methology, Artemisia bears the name of the goddess Artemis known as Diana in Roman dietes. This plant belongs to the daisy family Asteraceae and the kingdom Plantae. It grows in a temperate climate and dry environment. The leaves are grayish-green color and covered with small silky hairs. It has an aromatic scent but a bitter taste. Flowers are  small and has a yellow color. The leaves and roots are the most commonly used parts of the Artemisia herb. It can be dried and used in a differrent preparations.

USES OF ARTEMISIA

Artemisia plant can be used in differrent preparations

CULINARY USES

Artemisia can be use as seasoning for its aromatic taste and can also be use in preparing differrent alcoholic beverages.In French, leaves of artemisia can be use to flavor poultry dishes and can make vinegar called tarragon vinegar.

HOUSEHOLD USES

Artemisia can also be use in your own houses. It releases fresh nd aromatic smell because of its camphor-like aroma that is use as an air freshener. The Artemisia twigs or branches can keep away insects and protect your cloths moths. It has also disinfectant that can use as a floor wash and can kill germs.

MEDICINAL USES

Artemisia can be a remedy to a different body disorders because of its substance that contains tonic, anti-septic, and anti-fungal properties. It can be used to prevent wound infections, stop internal bleding, and can also treat headaches and colds. Artemisia leaves can also cure digestive disorders and sore eyes.

HEALTH BENEFITS AND HEALING PROPERTIES

MALARIA

Many studies shows that artemisia can effectively cure malaria. In this reason, NGO’s and IGO’s give artemisia tea bags to countries where malaria is constant.

SKIN PROBLEMS

Artemisia Plant has anti-inflammatory properties that can cure bruises, itches,and swellings. It can also be a solution to your skin problems because it can make skin ointment and anti-septic to prevent infections.

DIGESTIVE DISORDERS

Artemisia herb are also effective in treating digestive disorders like stomach ache, constipation, abdominal pains, diarhea, and parasitic infections. It was proved that are artemisia can help expel worms ans other parasites from digestive tracts. It can also help improve your digestion and revitalize your appetite.

MENSTRUAL PAINS

Artemisia tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve menstrual pains.

HOW TO PREPARE ARTEMISIA

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In preparing an artemisia tea you must dry the artemisia leaves and boiled it or you can buy an artemisia tea bags in a nearby herbal store. You can also mixed the artemisia leaves and roots then boiled it.

PREVENTIONS AND SIDE-EFFECTS

Like any other herbs, artemisia has also side-effects if taken inappropriately.

Avoid using Artemisia if you are allergic to herbs belonging to the daisy family.

A diabetec person must prevent from taking Artemisia because it might react with its medication.

According to the article that I’ve read, Michael Moore states that, ” considering the highly reactive state of pregnancy and the fact that fetal growth is a template that can manifest pharmacokinetics very differrently than adults”, it is not advisable to take Artemisia during pregnancy and lactation.

REMEMBER, it is better to seek the advice of your physician before taking Artemisia or any treatment to make sure it is suitable for you.

 

 

Source:

http://www.liveandfeel.com/articles/looking-for-a-menstrual-pain-treatment-try-artemisia-3185

http://www.herbsociety.org/herbs/documents/ArtemisiaFactsheet.pdf

http://www.stuartxchange.com/Tarragon.html

http://pharmacyinformatics2014-csab.blogspot.com/2014/07/introduction-artemisia-plant-common.html

http://www.theapricity.com

 

Carrots (Daucus Carota) as Cancer-Risk Reduction

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Carrots are considered to be one of the most important cultivated vegetable crops in history. They have been providing nutrients to populations for thousands of years, with records showing that the first modern-day carrot varieties were consumed around the 10th Century in parts of the Middle East and Asia.

Daucus carota scientific term for Carrots is a bienial and bears flower and it can grow from 2 inches to 3 feet in length. In terms of its nutrients and vitamins it contain a beta-carotenes, carotenes is the source of vitamin A, which is is very important for the fully growth and healing of the body tissues. Also Carrots have a Potassium, Thiamin, Folic acid, Magnesium, Falcarium and Luteonil that needed of our body to reduce or to prevent cancer cells.

BEBEFITS OF CARROTS

1.  Improves vision

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.

2.  Helps prevent cancer

carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.

3.  Slows down aging 
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.  It help slows down the aging of cells.

4.  Promotes healthier skin 
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

5.  Helps prevent infection 
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.

6.  Promotes healthier skin (from the outside) 
Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask.  Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey.

7.  Prevents heart disease
Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.  Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.

The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

8.  Cleanses the body
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.

9.  Protects teeth and gums
Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste.  Carrots stimulate gums and  trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria.  The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

10.  Prevents stroke
From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

Bright orange carrots are rich in nutrients, inexpensive, and easy to find in the fresh produce section of your grocery store. They’re rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that are good for your health, and it’s possible that eating carrots may help to prevent cancer.

In research studies performed in labs, rats fed either raw carrots or even just falcarinol — an antioxidant extracted from carrots — demonstrated a delay in the growth of colon tumors. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant and a pre-cursor used to make vitamin A in your body, and carotenoidrelatives like zeaxanthin and lutein. Eating a diet rich in these antioxidants may help to reduce your risk of cancer by preventing damage to the healthy cells of your body.

References:

http://curingcancerwithcarrots.com/author/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/carrots.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5499722_characteristics-carrot-plant.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html

http://nutrition.about.com/od/healthyfood1/a/carrotscancer.htm

http://draxe.com/carrot-juice/

Akapulko ( Cassia alata ), Herbal Medicine For Skin Disease

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey. As what this quote has stated, many of least important creatures are disregarded without knowing that God has created it with a purpose. One of which is the Akapulko plant.

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Akapulko is an erect, shrubby legume with dark green compound leaves. Akapulko leaves have orange rachis that has 16-28 leaflets. Akapulko produces an axis of golden yellow flowers that has 4-winged pods containing 50-60 flattened, triangular seeds. Akapulko flowers are enclosed by yellow-orange bracts that are later shed in time. (MedicalHealthGuide.com)

The akapulko plant is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate of the Philippines and is often used as a herbal medicine for skin diseases. It is used as medicine for skin diseases because the leaves contain chrysophanic acid, a fungicide that is used to treat fungal infections, like ringworms, scabies and eczema. The common ingredient in soaps, shampoos and lotions in the Philippines is the Akapulko plant because of its anti-fungal properties. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has helped develop the technology for a akapulko herbal medicine lotion.

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Preparation Of Akapulko Herbal Ointment
To prepare an Akapulko herbal ointment prepare and follow these instructions.

1. Wash fresh leaves of Akapulko thoroughly and cut in small pieces.
2. Add one glass of cooking oil or coconut oil to one glass of cut fresh leaves.
3. Fry until crispy.
4. Remove from the heat; strain.
5. Cut 2 white candles (Esperma No. 5) into small pieces
6. In a cooking pot, pour the strained oil together with the candle pieces; stir until the candle has melted.
7. Pour the mixture into a clean container; cover when cool.
8. Apply the Akapulko herbal ointment to affected areas twice daily.
(Source: <www.doh.gov.ph/pitahc)

References:

http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/articles/akapulko1.htm

https://www.google.com.ph/search?q=akapulko+ointment&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMIy57Imoz7xgIVkX6ICh3BBAw3&biw=1024&bih=634#imgrc=vF5fAwJtkDRwBM%3A

Herbal Cigarettes to Stop a Habit of Smoking

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Cigarette smoking is known to be a highly addictive habit by most of the people at any age that may result to addiction on smoking. In the Philippines, the latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that four out of 10 students aged 13 to 15 years old smoked. Another WHO survey said the country had the highest rate of female smokers among young adults and adults in the Asia-Pacific region. Many people may ask “why is smoking addictive?” it is simply because cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.

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Did you know that cigarette smoking is now a cure for smoke addiction? Yes, you read it right! You can now stop a habit of smoking through smoking an herbal cigarette. According to Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ramon Tan, founder of Carica Herbal Health Products Inc. thinks herbal cigarettes may be the solution to smoke addiction of many of the people. Tan is the maker of the herbal cigarette brands Stop-a-Habit and Herbala sold in Carica’s main store in Makati City and other outlets nationwide. He said the products are made from a blend of 36 herbal plants from the Philippines, India, Africa, China and South America. They have been analyzed and certified by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory to be free of nicotine and other addicting substances such as marijuana, opium, cocaine and heroin. Herbal cigarettes are a nicotine-free cigarettes made from dried leaves of pomelo, tanglad, talumpunay, pandan, cacao and alagao.

Herbal Gold cigarettes are a prime example. They look exactly like regular cigarettes and come in different flavors including menthol, cherry, and vanilla. Because they don’t contain tobacco, they can be sold legally to smokers of any age. Herbal Gold cigarettes contain a blend of herbs including marshmallow (the plant, not the hot chocolate topping), passion flower, jasmine, and ginseng. These herbs are staples of health-food stores, and they’re generally safe — until they’re set on fire.

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According to Tan, apart from reducing and eliminating addiction to tobacco products, herbal cigarettes can also induce restful sleep and relieve gastric discomfort and a sore throat. He explained that herbal smoke could eliminate the taste for cigarettes, making it possible to quit smoking. After a few weeks, a smoker should have dropped the habit for good, he added.

The main advantage of having Herbal Cigarettes is that it relaxes the mind because it calms nerving action, it helps detoxify the lungs, it stimulates digestion, and it is also a good way to fight against colds in winter and wet cough.
The herbs in the Herbal Cigarettes works as defense against the disease, it keeps you fresh and helps in concentration, acts like a throat cleaner, no bad breath and pleasant and long lasting smell.

These cigarettes are a very good way to help smokers quit smoking. People say that any type of smoking is harmful; however Herbal cigarettes can be smoked in moderation for health enhancement. The healing ability that the herbs have, that can be delivered through smoking these Herbal Cigarettes. In smoking Herbal Cigarettes the risk factor is less and the benefits are more as compared to the normal cigarette which is high on toxins. The Herbal Cigarettes has no nicotine and paper and hence are less harmful.

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When you stop smoking it is normal to crave for nicotine because your brain and body becomes used to the effect of nicotine. The sudden loss of nicotine can make you feel anxious, depressed and irritable that caused by the change of the level of dopamine and noradrenaline. Health specialists also do not recommend herbal cigarettes as a long-term alternative to tobacco due to the dangers posed by smoke inhalation.

The Academy Health in Canada warned in its Health Canada website that although some herbal cigarettes do not have nicotine, they still produce tar and carbon monoxide when burned and inhaled. It’s also important to know that some herbal cigarettes are blended with tobacco, particularly those manufactured in China, it said.

Matthew Gold, a staff attorney for the FTC, said that “Simply being free of additives — or in the case of herbal cigarettes, free of nicotine — doesn’t make them safer. Any kind of cigarette you smoke has tar and carbon monoxide, which have very real health hazards associated with them.”

References:

http://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/smoking-and-tobacco-cessation-36/smoking-cessation-news-628/the-hazards-of-herbal-cigarettes-645340.html

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20080119-113485/Herbal-cigarette-may-help-smokers-quit

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2278.aspx?CategoryID=53

http://nirdoshcigarettes.com/Herbal_Cigarettes

Papaya Wine substitute to Alcoholic Liqour

In the Municipality of Pototan, Iloilo it has a parish based program locally known as Saint Joseph Organic Farmers Program focuses on farming, producing products that made on their crops and selling. Papaya Wine was the first liquid product produced by the said organization through the expertise of Sr. Alma Manggao of San Carlos City, Negros Oriental.

Adopted by the organization last April 23, 2015 when Sr. Manggao conducted training specifically on livelihood just to help farmers to improve their existing product.

Papaya is a sugar crop with soluble saccharides in the form of glucose, fructose, sucrose and it’s widely cultivated in several countries. Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus.

It offers not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer, heart diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and etc. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

Papaya Wine is the best substitute to alcoholic liquor because it doesn’t have any preservatives added. It can be use as vinegar and fertilizer to any plants.

Ingredients and procedures involved in doing Papaya Wine are the following:

  • Papaya
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Water

Procedures:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Put shredded papaya and wait for 20 minutes.
  3. Separate shredded papaya to water.
  4. Together, put sugar and yeast.
  5. Remove before it will boil.
  6. Ferment for 10 days.
  7. After fermentation, 10 days of curing.
  8. After curing, Pasteurize for 10 days.
  9. Then, 30 days of edging. Lastly, transfer finished product to sterile bottle.

According to Lodelyn Pelaez, one of the farmers, she pointed some problems they encountered during production of Papaya wine: (1) the yeast should be new, (2) labeling, and (3) packaging.

 

References:

http://www.whfoods.com

http://pelagiaresearchlibrary.com

 

Healing Wonders of Ginger

 

Ginger is not only used as spices in our food but it has also health benefits on our body.

Ginger is not only used as spices in our food but it has also health benefits on our body.

Have you ever appreciated the role and purpose of ginger in your life? Have you ever ask in your self the health benefits and advantages we can get in using ginger? I do. In fact, I love spices especially ginger that is why I came up with this title. More than indulging ginger’s spicy taste, I was curious about what are other benefits I can get in ginger aside from it is used as spice and flavorings in our everyday dishes.

Ginger (Common Name) Zingiber Officinales (Scientific name) Zingerberaceae (Family name) is the the plant’s botanical name is thought to be derived from its Sanskrit name singabera which means “horn shaped,” a physical characteristic that ginger reflects. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young. The ginger rhizome has a firm, yet striated texture and a taste that is aromatic, pungent and hot underground rhizome of the ginger plant with a firm, striated texture. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young. The Ginger Family is rich in oils that kill both kill micro-critters and stimulate the immune system. The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric. It is not only used for food to add spices and flavors but it is also use as medicinal tea because it makes our body a little bit stronger  and a little bit better able to resist the damaging forces of nature.

Ginger is not only used as spices in our food but it is also used to maintain our healthy lifestyle.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER

  1. Ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.
  2. The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.
  3.  Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer  treatment. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness  can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies.
  4. Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea, severe pain during a menstrual cycle.
  5.  Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation  and treat inflammatory conditions.
  6. Ginger is very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness. In fact, in one study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness. Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.
  7. Ginger’s anti-vomiting action has been shown to be very useful in reducing the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, even the most severe form, hyperemesis gravidum, a condition which usually requires hospitalization.
  8. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
  9. Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.
  10. Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells. To investigate the latter, Dr Liu examined the effect of a whole ginger extract containing 5% gingerol on a number of different ovarian cancer cell lines.
  11. A pro-inflammatory state is thought to be an important contributing factor in the development of ovarian cancer. In the presence of ginger, a number of key indicators of inflammation (vascular endothelial growth factor, interleukin-8 and prostaglandin E2) were also decreased in the ovarian cancer cells.
  12. Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus.

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) has a calming and soothing flavor that helps to keep you alert and calm. It is  commonly used to help an upset stomach, motion or travel sickness or general low-grade fevers. It is also excellent for nausea and for warming you up when you feel cold (it stimulates cold hands and feet), and is esteemed as a “heating herb”. In addition it reputed to help ward off colds or improve your recovery time. Tea is the most gentle and healthiness way of using ginger. Here are the ingredients and procedures how to make a home made ginger tea. It is easy to make, a healthy drink that’s great for your digestion.  Here’s how to make the tastiest, most soothing and healing ginger tea you’ve ever had.

HOME MADE GINGER TEA FOR YOUR HEALTH

Home Made Ginger Tea

               Home Made Ginger Tea

Homemade Ginger Tea. It’s easy to make and affordable.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4-6 thin slices raw ginger (the more the healthier)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups water
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar

Preparation time is five minutes, cooking time is ten minutes, with a total time of fifteen minutes and yield 1-2 cups of ginger tea.

PROCEDURES IN MAKING GINGER TEA

  1. First, prepare all the materials and ingredients needed.
  2. Second, peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.
  3. Third, boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger. You really can’t over do it, so feel free to add as much ginger and simmer it for as long as you want;
  4. and last, remove from heat and add lime juice and honey  to taste.
  5. You can now serve your healthy home made ginger tea on your love ones.

The secret in making a healthy  flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger. The more ginger you use the healthier and the better  and also to add a bit of lime juice and honey to your ginger tea. Here are the tips in making your Homemade Ginger Tea.

  •  one cup of tea, is equivalent to 3 teaspoons of ginger to one cup boiling water.
  •  Left over ginger tea can be store in a jug and put it in the refrigerator. It can be reheated or drunk as iced tea..
  • If you want you can also grate ginger and wrap in plastic wrap, roll it up like a candy and store in freezer for later use, by breaking off what you need.
  • A tisane is a form of medicinal preparation and provides therapeutic benefits. If you are using the tisane for medicinal purposes, remember that do not add sweeteners.
  • If you want to increase the heat effect of the tea, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • You can use juices from any fruit if you want your tea to have a sweet taste.

You can easily make your own homemade ginger tea at home using fresh ginger. Enjoy your  healthy homemade ginger tea.

Source:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

http://doctorschar.com/archives/ginger-zingiber-officinalis/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/morerecipes/r/GingerTea.htm

https://www.google.com.ph/search?q=ginger+tea&rlz=1C1SAVU_enPH603PH605&espv=2&biw=1024&bih=475&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMI4riJspT2xgIVpiOmCh05tAOk

 

Mangosteen: “A Fruit of God”

Mangosteen: “A Fruit of God”

Mangosteen from the Latin name “Gracinia mangostana”, is tropical tree that cannot withstand in a very hot nor in a very cold conditions. Mangosteen tree, known as queen of all fruits is an erect tree that is slow growing and bears a dark reddish purple fruit and becomes deep reddish purple once ripe. The fruit has thick rind and white sectioned inner flesh that is juicy. Mangosteen is a dark purple fruit about 2 to 3 inches in diameter – the size of a small peach or apple. Mangosteen is known as Thailand’s national fruit.

According to Jarrett Wrisley, Mangosteen is a tropical fruit that grows in South East Asia, in Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Today a lot of people are suffering from different diseases and still striving to find some remedies to cure. Some of them look for some kind of herbal medicine or fruit that can heal these diseases because they believe that a natural way of curing is more effective compared to medicines that is prescribed by a doctor. A lot of herbs and fruits appeared today that we believed is effective in curing different kind of diseases.

According to Herminia de Guzman-Ladion, R.N., A.R.P.T., P.T.R.P., here are some herbs and fruits that can heal some diseases:

  1. Avocado (Abukado) seed for toothache
  2. Melon Tree (Papaya) seeds for worm infestation
  3. Guava (Bayabas) leaves for swollen gums and mouth inflammation
  4. Life Plant (Kataka-taka) leaves poultice for sprained ankle or wrist
  5. Kamantigui flowers poultice for snake bites
  6. Kakawate (Madre de Cacao) leaves for skin itchiness or allergy, and dermatitis
  7. Mango (Mangga) gum resin or sap for scabies
  8. Garlic (Bawang) cloves for ringworm
  9. Marsh Mint (Herba Buena) leaves for rheumatism
  10. Five-leaved Chaste Tree (Lagundi) leaves for mumps
  11. Sugar Apple (Atis) unripe fruit and seeds for mosquito bites
  12. Melon Tree (Papaya) ripe for indigestion
  13. Balimbing leaves for chicken pox, and many more.

Aside from those experts who have studied and have tested about the effectivity of these herbs and fruits, I also knew a person here in Iloilo who is said to be a faith healer and expert in recommending some kind of herbs and fruits that can heal different kind of diseases.

ImageNorma Tagnawa, born August 24, 1961, lives in barangay Dapdap, Tigbauan, Iloilo, an expert in faith healing. She is well-known to be as an effective faith healer. She is now at her 35th year in the said work. She started healing different kind of diseases when she was seventeen years old. At that very young age, she can already heal a person who is suffering from any kind of diseases. According to her, she healed her daughter that was suffering from a certain disease and her father-in-law who has a heart disease.

When her father-in-law was suffering from heart problem, she find some ways on how to cure that illness. She kept on praying and praying and asking help from God on how she could help her father-in-law. The prayers guided her, to find some kind of herb that is said to be good in heart ailment. She tried looked for it and experimented if it was effective or not. After that, she was surprised that her father-in-law was slowly recovering from his illness after he took that kind of medicine. She also wondered to herself if how did those things happened. After a week, a lot of people were visiting her after they knew that she can already heal. At first, she doubted her capacity to become a faith healer and denying to people that she was not that expert in healing those kind of diseases. But she found herself already helping those people who came to their house and who asked help from her to cure their disease. After how many weeks, she became popular in their barangay as a good and effective faith healer. According to her, praying is her way in healing people because prayers helped her to find some fruits and herbs that can cure a certain disease. As time passed by, she became popular as a faith healer and healed thousands of people. Because of that gift, she reached different places to heal different people like in Iloilo, Guimaras, Bacolod, Palawan, Manila, and places in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Even some people who lives in other countries like Cyprus, Florida, Canada, California and Singapore. Her popularity in healing different diseases reached in different countries. She became popular in her field of endeavor.

According to her, there are a lot of herbs and fruits that can cure different kinds of diseases. But, she discovered a kind of fruit that is unlike any other, she called it a “super fruit” or the “queen of all fruits”. This is the “Fruit of God” called as mangosteen or  “miagos”.

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That was year 2000, when she tried to use mangosteen in healing kidney trouble. She used a mangosteen root to make a tea. After 13 years of using mangosteen as a medicine, she discovered that this is very useful because of its healing power to cure different kinds of illnesses. And she already proved that this kind of fruit can cure diseases like malaria, kidney trouble, cancer, ulcer, diabetes, diarrhea, and heart disease. Other health benefits of mangosteen can be found in the bark, leaves, fruit or rind. Here in Iloilo, mangosteen tree can be found in Igcocolo, Guimbal.

How to make a mangosteen tea?

Mangosteen tea is made from the roots, bark, leaves, fruit or rind. Any part of this can be stepped out in hot water overnight and can be drunk as a tea.

What are the mangosteen tea benefits?

Mangosteen tea can strengthen the body to prevent diseases and can also be used to treat diseases such as infection, reduce fevers, boost immune system, cure malaria, kidney trouble, cancer, ulcer, diabetes, and heart diseases.

Here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of the Mangosteen Fruit.

The information below is referenced by Dr. J.F. Templeman, M.D. and the ethnobotanical database of America’s foremost ethnobotanist, Dr. James Duke, who worked with The University of Maryland and the USDA.

  1. Anti-fatigue
  2. Anti-inflammatory – prevents inflammation
  3. Analgesic – prevents pain
  4. Anti-ulcer – prevents stomach, mouth and bowel ulcers
  5. Anti-depressant
  6. Anxyolytic – anti-anxiety effect
  7. Anti-Alzheimerian – helps prevent dementia
  8. Anti-tumor and cancer prevention – multiple categories cited
  9. Immunomodulator – multiple categories cited
  10. Anti-aging
  11. Anti-oxidant
  12. Anti-viral – prevent/modulate viral infection
  13. Anti-biotic – prevents or modulates bacterial infections
  14. Anti-fungal – prevents or modulates fungal infection
  15. Anti-seborrheaic – prevents seborrhea, eg. dandruff, etc
  16. Anti-lipidemic – blood fat lowering
  17. Anti-atherosclerotic – prevents hardening of the arteries
  18. Cardioprotective – protects the heart
  19. Hypotensive – blood pressure lowering
  20. Hypoglycemic -anti-diabetic effect
  21. Anti-obesity – helps with weight loss
  22. Anti-arthritic – prevention of arthritis
  23. Anti-osteoporosis
  24. Anti-periodontic – prevents gum disease
  25. Anti-allergenic – prevents allergic reaction
  26. Anti-calculitic – prevents kidney stones
  27. Anti-pyretic – fever lowering
  28. Anti-Parkinso
  29. Anti-diarrheal
  30. Anti-neuralgic – reduces nerve pain, eg. diabetic neuropathy, etc.
  31. Anti-vertigo – prevents dizziness
  32. Anti-glaucomic – prevents glaucoma
  33. Anti-cataract – prevents cataracts

Here are some interesting facts about mangosteen:

  • The French explorer Laurenties Garcin gave Mangosteen its name, Garncinia mangostana
  • Is chock-full of anti-oxidants
  • Are anti-inflammatory that also fights viruses, bacteria, tumors, old age, allergies, and lethargy
  • Is Thailand’s National Fruit
  • Is so highly acclaimed that many people around the world believe that it is the best tasting fruit
  • It takes up to ten years of cultivation before a Mangosteen tree can bare fruit
  • The mangosteen tree produces fruit twice a year
  • Is the fruit of an evergreen tree
  • Trees grow between 20 to 80 feet in some areas
  • In addition to mangosteen being called the “Queen of all fruits,” it is also referred to as “The food of the gods”
  • The exocarp or rind becomes deep reddish purple once ripe
  • Mangosteen trees are “dioecius,” meaning that there are both male and female trees
  • If you turn a Mangosteen upside-down and count its “petals,” it will give you the exact number of fruit segments or “slices you will have upon opening it

And here’s what Alex Royter, recently had to say about mangosteen fruit:

The rind is where most of the beneficial nutrients are found, and the white pulp is often enjoyed as a dessert in Southeast Asia.

The antioxidant levels found in mangosteen are through the roof, which are found in the mangosteen’s pericarp, or skin.

The xanthones in mangosteen can help slow signs of aging, combat degenerative diseases, and reduce mental and physical deterioration in the body. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals, the mangosteen fights inflammation, fatigue, and obesity. Research shows that the mangosteen can boost the immune system, elevate mood, reduce vertigo, promote healthy teeth and gums, and heal weakened joints.

While much research is still being conducted, some of the possible health benefits of mangosteen may include:

May be helpful in healing damaged cells, very high in antioxidants (high ORAC rating), may be effective in improving cardiovascular health, may help to slow signs of aging, may be useful in combatting degenerative diseases, may help to fight fungus and parasites, may be effective in neutralizing free radicals, may help to reduce mental and physical deterioration, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, may help to stimulate red blood cell growth, may be useful for increasing mental energy, focus, and attention span, studies have shown that it contains compounds that may have anti-inflammatory properties, helps to maintain proper intestinal health, may be useful in increasing longevity, may help to reduces fatigue, may be an effective immune system booster, used traditionally to help fight obesity, may help reduce allergy symptoms, may be useful in elevating mood, and may help to promote healthy teeth and gum.

References:

De Guzman-Ladion, H., R.N., A.R.P.T., P.T.R.P., (1985), “Healing

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