Health information and health tips about Philippine herbal medicine and medicinal plants like sambong, ginger, oregano, lagundi and other herbal medicines that can be found in the Philippines. I've also included some alternative medicine and home remedies.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Earwax: To Remove or Not to Remove?
I personally had been treated with my ear infection just this year. It was extremely painful and I feel like I’m going to be deaf. Then I decided to go to the doctor to see what’s on my ear. I’m surprised there was something on it. A white-like-plastic or something… I don’t know what it is. The doctor said maybe dirt and there’s an infection. I have to take antibiotic and get back to him and see if the infection is still there. I got back after a week and the infection was gone.
After a month the pain got back, I’ve got ear infection again unfortunately. I go to another doctor and she said that whenever I take a bath, I should wear ear plug because the water is getting on my ear and another reason is that, I’m removing my earwax so frequently (almost every day). That’s because whenever I feel itch on my ear, I rush on my room and get a cotton buds.
My doctor also said that I should have a little earwax on my ear because if it is too clean, my ears would really get dry and itchy. She said that my ears are so dry so she recommended some vitamins. I got better after that. I’ve used my earplug for about 6 months and fortunately, the infection doesn’t come back. I should always be careful with my ear.
Now to answer the question, TO REMOVE OR NOT TO REMOVE EARWAX, according to some doctors, earwax removal should be left on your ear. You don’t have to remove it unless you are experiencing symptoms associated with earwax buildup and blockage of your ear canal. These symptoms include earache, progressive hearing loss, tinnitus, noises on your ear, itching, odor or discharge. According to what my doctor said, you should leave a little earwax on your ear because if it’s too clean, the ears would get too dry and itchy and the tendency is, you will have to use cotton buds to relieve the itch which can make the scenario worst, just like on my case.
So the verdict, LEAVE YOUR EARWAX ON YOUR EARS! Don’t be so stubborn and have self discipline! I’ve learned my lessons pretty well. Heheheh
Herbal Medicines in the Philippines Approved by the Department of Health
If you are looking for the list of herbal medicines in the Philippines and particularly looking for those plants that are approved by the Department of Health, here they are:
Used to treat fungal infections
The leaves are known to be sudorific, diuretic, and purgative which are used to treat intestinal problems and used to get rid of intestinal parasites
Used to treat bronchitis
Because of Akapulko’s anti-fungal properties, it is a common ingredient in soaps, shampoos, and lotions in the Philippines.
Ampalaya contains a mixture of flavanoids and alkaloids make the Pancreas produce more insulin that controls the blood sugar in diabetics.
Best known to treat diabetes
Good for rheumatism and gout
Helps in lowering blood
Can be used as a cough & fever remedy
Treatment of intestinal worms, diarrhea
Is an antioxidant, parasiticide, antibacterial & antipyretic
Helps prevent some types of cancer
Bawang or Garlic (Allium sativum)
significant protective action against a fat induced increase in serum cholesterol and plasma fibrinogen and in fibrinolytic activity.
Used as a carminative, aphrodisiac, expectorant, and stimulant
Human population studies show that eating garlic regularly reduces the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal activity, it may work against some intestinal parasites
Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure
It stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices
It is an excellent agent as a worm expeller
Garlic has also been used successfully for a variety of skin disorders Pimples disappear without scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day
Bayabas or Guava(Psidium guajava)
Contains quercetin which is an antioxidant that blocks enzymes that are responsible for building sorbitol, the sugar that forms the cloudy white clusters that cause cataracts
Rich in folate which helps to fight bad breath that causes gum disease gingivitis.
Very rich in astringents (compounds those make your gums feel tighter and fresh after you chew guava leaves or eat a raw guava or use some toothpaste) which binds up loose bowels in diarrhea.
One of richest in vitamin-C and iron which are proven to be preventive against cold and viral infections
Can help improve your skin texture and avoid skin problems more than the best of beauty creams or skin toner gels can do
Helps reduce cholesterol in blood and prevents it from thickening, thereby maintaining fluidity of blood and reducing blood pressure.
Very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising with their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber
It has been clinically tested and studied to be effective for colds, flu, asthma and chronic bronchitis.
The seeds are boiled and eaten to prevent the spread of toxins from the poisonous bites of animals
The flowers are used for diarrhea, cholera and liver disorders.
The saps from the crushed leaves are used for colds and sore throat.
Leaf decoction of lagundi are used for wounds, ulcers, treat gastric colic, flatulence and it can also help those lactating mothers to produce more milk for their babies.
Niyog - Niyogan(Quisqualis indica L.)
It is effective in the elimination of intestinal worms, particularly the Ascaris and Trichina
Only the dried matured seeds are medicinal -crack and ingest the dried seeds two hours after eating (5 to 7 seeds for children & 8 to 10 seeds for adults). If one dose does not eliminate the worms, wait a week before repeating the dose.
Sambong (Blumea balsamifera)
Sambong is known for its remarkable treatment for kidney stones or nephrolithiases, urolithiases, a diuretic and other diseases
Leaves of sambong can be infused and used as a substitute for tea and also used for colds
Can also be used for heart diseases and hypertension
It is also high in essential oils and contains considerable amounts of camphor oil
Tsaang Gubat(Ehretia microphylla Lam.)
Used for stomach pain
Effective for gastroenteritis
Used as mouth gargle since the leaves of this plant has high flouride content
Also used as body cleanser and body wash
Yerba Buena(Clinopodium douglasii)
It is an aromatic plant used as herbal medicine worldwide.
Has been consumed as tea and herbal medicine as a pain reliever
Effective alternative medicine for aches and pain
Effective for minor ailments such as headaches, toothaches and joint pains
Used as mouthwash
The worst form of ignorance we have about herbal medicines is they maybe growing right in our own backyard and we only think of them as useless weeds. We fail to recognize them because we don’t know or understand what they are. In fact, studies show that our country is home to around 8,000 to 12,000 species of herbal plants. Imagine if we could develop their full potential to help give us a healthy and long life.
So women who are planning on becoming pregnant should avoid using perfumes or other cosmetic products because those are high in chemicals, which are absorbed into their bodies and can affect the child inside them.