Philippine Health: Herbal Medicines Widely Used in the Country

Other than the natural gifts bestowed in the Philippines, the country has also a lot of medicinal plants that are definitely effective and accessible. Before the existence of doctors and the invention of hospital machineries that could help alleviate various illnesses, different herbal and medicinal plants have already existed and have been used in healing many cases. Here are a few of the Philippine Herbal plants that have been useful over the years:



Also known as ringworm bush or shrub, this herbal plant is used against tinea infections, ringworms, insect bites, itchiness, eczema, and scabies.


Commonly known in English as Garlic, this is used in the Philippines for a long period of time to treat infections through its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Additionally, this is also widely used to decrease cholesterol level in blood.


Also known as 5-leaved chaste tree, this herbal medicine is widely used to treat fever as well as coughs and colds. Moreover, this is also used to relieve asthma, pharyngitis, dyspepsia, rheumatism, and diarrhea.


Also known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, this Philippine herbal medicine is well known for treating diabetes, coughs, burns and scalds, and is currently being studied to treat cancer.


Having the English name Ngai/Blumea Camphor, this herbal medicine is best in treating kidney stones, rheumatism, wounds and cuts, hypertension, and diarrhea.

Yerba Buena

Commonly known as Peppermint, this is used in the Philippines as analgesic for body aches and body pain brought by rheumatism and gout. It is also effective in treating coughs, insect bites, and colds.


Known in English language as Chinese honey suckles, this herbal medicine is mainly used to remove intestinal parasites in the human body.

Tsaang Gubat

Literally translated in English and known as Wild Tea, this is boiled and used to treat all types of skin allergies including itchiness wounds from child birth, eczema and scabies.

Pansit – Pansitan

Known to be a great treatment for arthritis and gout, this Philippine herbal medicine is the most widely used in the country, especially by elder people.