Rosas de baybayon is a widely known by the people because of its many uses like adding sprays of color in the landscaped gardens of malls, schools and especially in our homes. They also accentuate dull streets and beautify even our surroundings. It’s one of those flowers that transcend social barriers in any geographical location because of its ability to adapt in climatic differences and to spread its seeds far and wide. It grows everywhere and people love it because of its ornamental value more than anything. Its differently colored flowers mostly grow in the public schools as they are hardly plants needing limited attention. The Catharantos Roseus is the scientific name of the Rosas de baybayon which goes by the name Apat-apat (literally, four-four) that is very popular by the natives in the Philippines.
As time goes by people discovered that the significant of Rosas de baybayon is not just a flower that can be displayed in our house and gave fragrance to it or a common flower that beautify our surroundings or even a accent in public schools or highways but can be an effective herbal medicine that can cure different illness like diabetes, myomas, dysmenorrhoea or even cancer. Different medicines that made by the Rosas de baybayon had been introduce to people to cure different illness and diseases that is proven to be effective.
Nowadays a lot of cancer cases and problems had been reported. Numbers of people had been killing by the cancer without even taken treatment. Based on projections, cancer deaths will continue to rise with an estimated 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million dying in 2020.
Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors. Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems and they can release hormones that alter body function. Tumors that stay in one spot and demonstrate limited growth are generally considered to be benign. Based on research cancer mortality is mainly due to metastatic tumors, those that grow from cells that have traveled from their original site to another part of the body. Only 10% of cancer deaths are caused by the primary tumors.
Here are some of the classifications of cancer:
- Carcinomas are characterized by cells that cover internal and external parts of the body such as lung, breast, and colon cancer.
- Sarcomas are characterized by cells that are located in bone, cartilage, fat, connective tissue, muscle, and other supportive tissues.
- Lymphomas are cancers that begin in the lymph nodes and immune system tissues.
- Leukemia is cancers that begin in the bone marrow and often accumulate in the bloodstream.
- Adenomas are cancers that arise in the thyroid, the pituitary gland, the adrenal gland, and other glandular tissues.
The most common cancer in the world is lung cancer; the most common among women is breast cancer. There are significant differences in how cancer strikes people in various parts of the world. Such variations may be due to smoking, dietary and other social habits, and because people inherit different kinds of genetic mutations from their parents. Some 200,000 women in developing countries die each year from cervical cancer.
Cancer is ultimately the result of cells that uncontrollably grow and do not die. Normal cells in the body follow an orderly path of growth, division, and death. Programmed cell death is called apoptosis, and when this process breaks down, cancer begins to form. Unlike regular cells, cancer cells do not experience programmatic death and instead continue to grow and divide. This leads to a mass of abnormal cells that grows out of control.
Based on study, Rosas de baybayon had been acknowledged by the medicine as an adjunct cure for cancer treatment. Its periwinkle flowers contain 70 alkaloids that been isolated and synthesized and can be used as a direct treatment in cancer. Its periwinkle flowers also help to stimulate blood flow and the releases of toxins brought about by hormonal changes and also help maintain healthy sugar level of the body. The inclusion of alkaloids in Rosas de baybayon can be a cancer therapy reinforces the curative claim of local herbalist on the efficacy of the plant for many ailments and can help to cure those who have cancer. Alkaloids are substances that contain nitrogen and usually amines and building block of proteins. They are plant origin and have a wide range of plants and uses. Cocaine and nicotine are some of the examples of alkaloids. Boiling is the simplest method of extracting the alkaloids. Drying the leaves removes the moisture and the powder become concentrate. The boiling periwinkle should not be used for cooking food because the plant’s natural smell and taste remain on the pot even after several washings. It has been believed that being hardy with the profuse root system is the main reason for it to uptake a wide range of soil nutrients helping out in creating a wide range of chemically complex alkaloids that can help act against cancer. Rosas de baybayon may yet exact a heavy toll on cancer medicines because this front yard plant has been proven as a poor man’s supplement against a wide range of modern sickness.
According to the herbalist for those who don’t want to invest in capsules, the easiest way to take the Rosas de baybayon is in the form of tea. Usually one small one small whole plant about 14-16 inches tall including the roots that is boiled in 2-3 liters of water until the liquid becomes brown which takes about an hour. Some take 1-2 glassfuls once a day but the herbalist advices, for the best results take 3-6 glasses per day especially for advanced stages of malady. Those taking the capsule form can see results with 6-10 capsules daily. Rosas De baybayon or apat-apat is also available in one of the herbal capsules in the local market. This had been popularized by the nuns in the late 1990s but lately there were other players who came out with their own, some still crudely packaged but the first ones in the market, have more attractive packaging. In the Philippines, Apat-apat capsules are also available in selected outlets for those who could not stand the periwinkle’s taste and aroma. It’s more convenient, too. It is produced by a group of nuns who are cultivating the plant extensively around the province.
In the research that I conducted, Rosas de baybayon had been produced as a capsule and herbal medicine in Pototan Iloilo. They established Rosas de baybayon as herbal product and a treatment for cancer. These had been distributed and the different places here in Iloilo and proven that can be a cure for cancer. A lady who was diagnosed by a cancer was convinced by a friend to take Rosas de baybayon capsule as a treatment for her cancer. After a few months of taking the medicine she was so amazed on how Rosas de baybayon changed her life because she is totally cure by her cancer in just a few months. She is now taking Rosas de baybayon for six years and become a dealer of the product.
I’ve also got to interviewed one of the proponents who were also taking Rosas de baybayon as a treatment for her breast cancer. After a few months of taking Rosas de baybayon she went to her doctor for her final check up and discovered that the abnormal growth in her breast had been disappeared so the operation that been planning by the doctor had been cancelled, saving her money, the risk and the inconvenience in taking the operation.
In addition, I also interviewed the dealer of the Rosas de baybayon and had a chance to ask her how much income she makes with the Rosas de baybayon as a dealer of the product. She said she had earned enough to support her family everyday needs and to support her two children in their studies. She also said that Rosas de baybayon had helped her in many ways not just in her health alone. She earned not less than Php10, 000 a month of just being a dealer of the product alone!
Indeed, Rosas de baybayon are not just herbal medicine that helps us cure our different illnesses and diseases but can also be a way to support our family basic needs and can gained basic income. It’s not just a flower that can be displayed in our homes or outside our school but a plant that can help maintain and support our healthy body.
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