Gumamela (HIBISCUS) as an Alternative Medicine For Common Illness

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As much as possible we would like to use herbs as an alternative medicine for some practical reasons. When we say illness usually people would worry about medical expenses. But now, we don’t have to worry much because there are existing herbs that was proven effective. One of them is gumamela that is very accessible and can be seen even in our backyards. Have you ever imagine how this flowers growing in some of our gardens can be an option in curing our illnesses? I was also surprised when I discovered its multiple benefits.

Gumamela scientifically known as (Hibiscus rosa- sinensis Linn) is a shrub that usually grows from 1 meter up to 4 meters high and usually culminated as ornamental plant in the Philippines. Gumamela (Hibiscus) flower varies in different color: red, yellow, orange, white, purple, pink, and other color combination. The Hibiscus with 5 petals are noted to have medicinal properties. The flowers are considered as astringent, the roots contain mucilage that is calming on the mucous membranes of the digestive and respiratory tracts. It has also the following medicinal use: expectorant, diuretic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic anodyne, and refrigerant.

Parts Utilized and their uses

  • Flowers as flavanoids and proanthocyanidins which are antioxidant, antipyretic,analgesic and spasmolytic.
  • Roots as expectorant
  • Leaves as laxative
  • Seeds as stimulant
  • Bark as emmenagogue

Used as treatment of:

  • Bronchitis- as an expectorant
  • Coughs, Sore Throat
  • Fever- as refrigerant drink
  • Treats dysentery
  • Urinary Tract Infection, Bladder Infections
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Prevention of Constipation
  • headaches, boils, swelling, abscesses and mumps
  • In Venezuela, used to treat tumors
  • In Dominican Republic, used to treat hematomas
  • Myocardial Injury, Myocardian Injury
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Preparations and Use of Gumamela (Hibiscus)

There are two ways to utilize gumamela as herbal medicine. The dried and fresh gumamela.

For the dried gumamela, first collect the flower, leaves and roots. Wash, then cut into small pieces and sun dry. To use as decoction, boil the parts of gumamela that was dried (1/4 cup dried gumamela in 1 glass of water).

For the fresh gumamela, wash the gumamela flower and leaves , cut into small pieces and boil (1/3 cup of gumamelain 1 glass of water).

Use as Poultice

Poultice is the use of fresh or dried herbs that is mashed, crushed or pounded and often heated (boiled in water to soften) and applied to the skin directly to reduce pain.

Preparation and Medicinal Use:

  • For mumps and urinary tract infection: use dried drug materials 15-30 grams, boil to decoction and drink.
  • Decoction of roots, barks, leaves and flowers can be used as an emollient
  • For abscesses, carbuncles and boils: crush fresh leaves and poultice the infected area. Also, pound flower buds into a paste and apply to external swellings; used for boils, cancerous swellimg and mumps.
  • Decoction of roots can also be used as expectorant for coughs and drops for sore eyes.
  • Decoction from roots of red and white-flowered plants is a Kelantan antidote for poison. Same decoction is drunk for venereal disease and fever.
  • Decoction of flowers and roots can be used as natural diuretic.
  • Bark is an emmenagogue; can also be used to normalize menstruation.
  •  Malays, use a decotion of leaves as a lotion for fevers, and roots can be used for the glands in the neck.
  • Infusion or poultice of leaves used for headaches.
  • Seeds used as a stimulant and for cramps.
  • Decoction of leaves can be used for fevers.
  • Leaves are mildly laxative.
  • Mucilage applied during labor.
  • Red flowers used for sprue.
  • Infusion of flowers and leaves used as expectorant in bronchitis.
  • Infusion of flowers, exposed all night to the dew can be used for gonorrhea.
  • Flowers fried in ghee, given for menorrhagia. the dark red petals are used as a mucilaginous infusion for painful urination, strangury, cystitis, and other irritable genitourinary conditions.
  • Hair stimulant: oil made by mixing the juice of fresh petals and olive oil in equal proportions, and boiled until the water has evaporated.
  • Seeds, pounded to a pulp and mixed with water, can be used for gonorrhea.
  • Red flowers are purgative, when taken with papaya seeds may be abortive.

References:

http://www.filipinoherbshealingwonders.filipinovegetarianrecipe.com/gumamela.html

http://www.stuartxchange.org/Gumamela.html

https://alternativeremedies.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/health-benefits-of-gumamela/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus#Paper

http://www.liveandfeel.com/medicinal-plants

http://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/gumamela.htm

Organic Betadine Good for Infectious Wound

We are living in a modern generation. A lot of new technologies came out to our world. Nowadays, a new innovation generates in our universe, a new invention which lead to us as a good example of how our intellectual capacity exists. In line of medicine which undergo to the laboratory process or in the form of organic such as a herbal medicine.

When we say Betadine, what comes to your mind? It simply answers that, this is the number one effective medicine to cure and prevent infection to the wound. Another thing, as we all know, that Betadine is in the form of laboratory process and there are a lot of chemicals to use. Betadine is also used in hospitals and homes as an important line of defense against infections. It also help to reduce bacteria that can cause skin infection. But for now, there is new invention about Betadine in the context of organic process or let just say the herbal medicine and it is the easiest way to undergo. One thing that it is new invention, it is also a new understanding about the importance of the herbal medicine. As we say, Herbal Medicine, some people are believe and used as a treatment to their illness or disease that they experience with. In these days, many people believe on the wonder of the herbal plants that could give a lot of benefits to our body and to maintain a healthy living.

From the municipality of Pototan, Iloilo there is one organization of women called Kalipi Organization that trained about doing different kinds of organic products and one of the products that they made is the Organic/Herbal betadine. The said organization is group of the women who undergo training and do making the said product which could help preventing infection to the wound. This Herbal/ Organic Betadine is the best way to cure other infections related to the wound because it made up of a natural process by different kinds of herbal plants and this are the Coconut oil, Kalawag, Attuetes, Malunggay Stream and Langkawas. As we all know, there are a lot of benefits of this kind of plants.

Here are the some benefits of Coconut Oil in terms of Infection:

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  • It is mostly made up of almost 50% of the fatty acids and it has had a 12-carbon Lauric acid and also contains the monolaurin.
  • It can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Coconut oil had properties such as antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antibacterial and has soothing qualities.

The Benefits of Kalawag/ Turmeric in preventing Infection:

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  • It is an anti-inflammatory to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases and wounds.
  • It also a powerful anti-oxidant that could fight some infections.
  • It is also good in the antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises and has an antibacterial agent.

Benefits of a malunggay in preventing infection:

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  • It acts as an anti-oxidant
  • It is also an anti-microbial properties
  • It is also a germ-killer or drying agent
  • It can also treat pockets of infection like athlete’s foot, snakebites, warts and wounds.

Benefits of a Langkawas or Galangal in terms of infection:

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  • It acts as an anti-fungal

From the above mention of herbal plants, we can see that there are a lot of functions to undergo with.  And all of the stated plants can help preventing infections and came up a finished product of a herbal betadine.  It is a good medicine to the wound by curing it. This Betadine is the knewest invention because of the different herbal plants that this made up. According to Mrs. Salvacion Tupas one of the member of the said organization their  betadine is good for the wounds and other related skin diseases. It simply shows that this organic /herbal bretadine is a natural making because of the plants involved on this medicine and by the process of organic. The organic Betadine is just one of the unique medicinal products because it is composed of the different kinds of herbal plants in which it could help a lot to the local populace on our country. And it is a natural way to cure the skin diseases and such as use to cleanse the wound by preventing infections.

Sources:

http://www.malunggay.com/Use.html

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1242-moringa.aspx?activeingredientid=1242&activeingredientname=moringa

http://www.thaipharmacydirect.com/betadine-povidone-iodine-first-aid-solution-antiseptic-cuts-wounds.html

http://www.thecherryshare.com/food/turmeric-and-black-pepper–kalawag-and-pamienta-147

http://www.herbanext.com/herbs-turmeric

http://www.livestrong.com/article/320227-how-to-use-coconut-oil-for-infection/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

 

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