Alim herbal medicine






Croton multiglandulosa Reinw.

Rottlera multiglandulosa Blume

Mallotus moluccanus Muell.-Arg.

Adelia monoica Blanco

Melanolepsis moluccana Pax. & Hoffm.

Mallotus calcosus Muell.-Arg.


Local names: Aem (Ting.); ahem (Iv.); alem (Ilk.); alim (Tag., P. Bis.); alum (Bik., Tagb., P. Bis., Sul., Mag.); arum (P. Bis.); aling (Bik.); ayum-ayum (Sbl.); girangan (Tagb.); pakalkal (Tag.). Continue reading “Alim herbal medicine”

ALABONG – diuretic




Parietaria microphylla Linn.

Pilea muscosa Lindl.

Local names: Alabong (Ig.).


Alabong is found in and about towns, on damp walls, etc., throughout the Philippines. It is a native of tropical America, and is now found in most tropical countries.

It is a small, soft, smooth herb, 10 centimeters or less in height. The stems are slender, green with a tint of purple, and angular. The leaves occur in two rows, are petioled, somewhat elliptical in shape, and 2 to 5 millimeters in length. The flowers are very small and crowded and occur in small inflorescences (cymes) which are greenish or tinged with red and less than 1 millimeter in length.

Bruntz and Jaloux report that the entire plant is official in the Mexican (4) Pharmacopoeia.

According to Guerrero the entire plant in infusion is used as a diuretic. De Grosourdy reports that in the Antilles a decoction of the roots sweetened is prescribed also as a diuretic



Medicinal uses of lagundi



 Luzon: Dabtan, Dangla, Kamalaan, Limo-limo, Lingei, Lingo-lingo

Visayas: Lagundin, Tugas

Mindanao: Kalipapa-madam, Limpapa, Magupay, Molrei-oso, Sugarai


Lagundi is a shrub that grows to as tall as 5 meters. A shrub is described as somewhere between an herb and a tree. A shrub is a low, woody plant with several stems while a tree is a tall, woody plant with only one stem called “trunk.” A leaf of Lagundi is composed of 5 leaflets arranged like fingers in a hand. Lagundi is indicated or used primarily for the following:

1. To stop coughing, relieve asthma, and facilitate the discharge of phlegm.

2. To lower fever due too colds or flu.


Preparing the Lagundi Mixture (Decoction)

For cough, asthma, and fever, the steps in preparing Lagundi leaves as medication are the same.

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Luzon: Kalabong, Kalimumog, Katdalugod, Maragued, Mara-mara,

Taglokot, Talibunog, Tst, Tsaang-gubat, Tsa-tsa

Visayas: Alibungog, Semente

Mindanao: Alangitngit, Alingitngit, Buyo-buyo


Tsaang-gubat is a low, woody plant with several stems. It is grown as ornamental or bonsai because of its attractive appearance. Its leaves are small and have dark, green and shiny upper surface. Tsaang-gubat is indicated or used primarily for diarrhea. But it is also advised for stomachache and colic.




A person has diarrhea or LBM (Loose Bowel Movement) when his stool is soft to watery and when he has to move his bowels more often than two times in one day. To treat diarrhea using Tsaang-gubat, follow these steps:


1. Determine the amount of Tsaang-gubat leaves to use. The amount of leaves to use varies according to the age of patient and the condition of leaves, as follows:


Condition of leaves

Age of patient Dried (crushed) Fresh (chopped)

Adult 10 tbsp. 12 tbsp.

7-12 years 5 tbsp. 6 tbsp.

2-6 years 2½ tbsp. 3 tbsp.


2. Boil corrent amount of leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 minutes.


3. Let cool, then strain and divide into 4 parts.


4. Take 1 part every two hours (until stool becomes solid).


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