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Gingging

Benefits of Gingging Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 Gingging (Glycosmis pentaphylla (Retz.) Correa) has many names, including linauin, gin berry, orange berry and toothbrush plant. This evergreen shrub or small tree belongs to the Rutaceae family. It is a plant that grows in thickets and secondary forests at low to moderate elevations in the tropics. Found northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao and in most islands and provinces. It also occurs in India to Indo-China and Malaya. It is a plant that has various medicinal properties. Often used in tradition medicine, both as its own and as an ingredient of various medicinal mixtures. And it is also considered as astringent, anthelmintic, anti- inflammatory and expectorant. The plant is also used to treat diarrhea, coughs and rheumatism. Extracted juice from the leaves is used in fever, liver complaints. Read More

Gulasiman

Benefits of Gulasiman Image by Archaeodontosaurus / CC BY-SA 4.0 It is also known as “Purslane” or “Pigweed” in English with a scientific name of Portulaca oleracea. Gulasiman is a very common weed found throughout the Philippines in settled areas. It also occurs in all warm countries. It is used as alternative pot herb. Well, this plant is considered edible. Its leaves are succulent wherein used as a vegetable component in salads and sometimes used as condiment for fish and meat. Aside from this, it has also been used as medicine since ancient Egyptian times. In fact, it is an excellent source of calcium and iron, also, vitamin C and ash. It is considered effective as Antifungal, analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antioxidant. Read More

Ginkgo

Benefits of Ginkgo Image by Marcin Kolasiński / CC BY-SA 2.0 This species is also known as the Maidenhair tree and Fossil tree in English. It is known to be native to China. Here in the Philippines, it can be found planted in the Baguio area, but with limited survival. Its two main components are responsible for its medical effects: terpene lactones and ginkgo flavone glycosides. It is believed that Ginkgo help treat conditions like asthma, digestive disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, tinnitus, vertigo, and erectile dysfunction. It has become an ingredient in many herbal Viagra concoctions to increase the blood flow to the genitals. Read More

Gulipas

Benefits of Gulipas Image by JoãoMedeiros / CC BY 2.0 “Indian Ephedra” or “Heart-leaf sida” in English, it comes with scientific name Sida cordifolia. This plant is considered pantropic and is found from northern Luzon to Mindanao as a weed in open dry places, in and about towns. It is believe to be native of the Old World. Furthermore, it is considered and used as medicine in many places. All its parts are useful and beneficial to our health. In fact, its leaves and stems are considered analgesic, diuretic, stimulant and tonic while its roots are considered cooling, astringent, stomachic and tonic. It is considered effective as immunodulatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Read More

Gisol na bilog

Benefits of Gisol na bilog Image by Yercaud-elango / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name kaempferia rotunda, this plant is also known as Himalayan crocus, Peacock ginger, Round-rooted galangal, Resurrection lily, and Tropical crocus, in English. This species is cultivated throughout the world and was recently introduced in the country as an ornamental plant. It has cooling and diuretic effects. It is believed to help cure conditions such as gastric ailments, mumps, bruises, wounds, phlegm, joint effusions, as well as diabetes. Externally, rhizomes are mixed with coconut oil as a cicattrizant. Read More

Guma-guma

Benefits of Guma-guma Image by Remya / CC BY-SA 4.0 This herb is popularly known as “Ceylon Slitwort” in English. It has a scientific name Leucas zeylanica. It is typically found in open grassland at low altitudes. In Philippines, it is commonly found in Nueva Viscaya and Bataan Provinces in Luzon and in Panay as well as in Mindanao area like Lanao and Davao. Also, it occurs in tropical Asia to Malaya. Guma-guma is sometimes used as flavoring. However, it also used as medicine. In some places, it is used for coughs, toothaches and abdominal pains. This plant is considered stimulant and antirheumatic for it yields a small amount of essential oil when distilled. Furthermore, it is effective as antioxidant. Read More

Glory bush

Benefits of Glory bush Image by Marcia Stefani / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name tibouchina semidecandra and tibouchina urvilleana, this plant is also known as the Glory bush, Glory flower, Princess Flower, and Purple glory tree, in English. It is known to be native to Brazil and was recently introduced to Baguio. Glory bush leaves, stems, and flowers can be utilized. This plant is believed to help treat certain conditions. In Brazil, infusion is used to treat stomach problems. Read More

Gumamela

Benefits of Gumamela Image by AndrewFogg / CC BY 2.0 This popular plant is also known as “Hibiscus” or “China rose” in English. It comes with scientific name Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. It is known to be native of the Old world and considered pantropic. It is commonly planted as a hedge and fence or as landscape shrub. It has been cultivated throughout the Philippines. The beauty of Gumamela makes it one of the most widely cultivated of flowers which comes in different brilliant hues. Mostly, it is the red flowered variety which has been preferred in medicine. Yes, it is also considered as medicinal plant. In fact, it is considered effective as anti-infectious, anthelmintic, anti- inflammatory, diuretic and antipyretic. Furthermore, its proanthocyanidins are considered antioxidant, analgesic and spasmolytic. Read More

Gabi-gabihan

Benefits of Gabi-gabihan Image by Ronok / CC BY-SA 3.0 Gabi-gabihan (Monochoria hastata) is associated to Pontederiaceae family. It is also known by many common names, including gabi-gabi, arrowleaf false pickerelweed, arrow lead pondweed, leaf pondweed and pickerel weed. In the Philippines, it is often grown as an ornamental in water gardens, open wet lands, swamps at low and medium altitudes from Luzon to Mindanao. It also grows in India to southern China and Malaya. Plant is considered alternative, tonic and cooling. The entire plant except the roots is eaten raw or cooked in Malaya and Java. And for medicinal uses, leaves extracts is applied to boils. Also, rhizomes are powdered with charcoal and used for scurf. Read More

Gogo

Benefits of Gogo Image by Tauʻolunga / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name entada phaseoloides, this plant is also known as the Cali bean, Gila bean, Matchbox bean, Monkey ladder pod, St. Thomas bean, and Water vine, in English. This specie is pantropic and can be found in forests in the Northern Luzon (Cagayan), Mindanao and Palawan, at low and medium altitudes. It has anti-rheumatic and stimulant effects. Gogo is used to treat skin itches, abdominal complaints, colic, etc. In other places, this plant help in treating conditions such as jaundice, edema, malnutrition, loins and joints pain, as well as cerebral hemorrhage. In the Philippines, juice proper from the bark is used for conjunctivitis. Also, it is used for washing the hair and cleansing the scalp. Read More
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