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Alternative
Medicines
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Alternative Medicines
 Herbal preparations

 Food supplements

 Massage therapy

 And other medicines considered to compliment


regular medicine
 Not considered as standard medical practices

 Can accompany but not replace the regular


medicines
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Herbal Medicine

 “Herb” – Any plant or part of a plant.

 It refers to the use of plants or part of the


plants like stem, roots, barks, seeds,
leaves, flowers, and fruits for medical
purposes.
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Herbal Medicine

The Ten Philippine Medicinal Plants

Approved by the Department of Health


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Herbal Medicine

AKAPULKO
(Acapulco)

- For treatment of insect


bites, itchiness, ringworms,
infections, scabies, and
eczema.
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Herbal Medicine

AMPALAYA
(Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd)

- Supplement in treating
diabetes, burns, coughs, and
hemorrhoids.
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Herbal Medicine

BAWANG
(Garlic)

- As supplement in reducing
blood cholesterol level; used
also as antibacterial and anti-
inflammatory drug.
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Herbal Medicine

BAYABAS
(Guava)

- Used as anti-oxidant, anti-


allergy, anti-microbial, and
anti-diabetic drug.
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Herbal Medicine

LAGUNDI
(5-leaf Chaste Tree)

- For treatment of cough,


colds, and fever.
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Herbal Medicine

NIYOG-NIYOGAN
(Chinese Honeysuckle)

- For elimination of intestinal


parasites
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Herbal Medicine

SAMBONG
(Blumea)

- As supplement in treating
hypertension, kidney stones,
rheumatism, cough, and colds.
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Herbal Medicine

TSAANG GUBAT
(Wild Tea)

- For treatment of skin allergy.


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Herbal Medicine

PANSIT-PANSITAN
(Pepperoma Pellucid)

- For treating arthritis and gout.


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Herbal Medicine

YERBA BUENA
(Peppermint)

- For insect bites, cough, and


colds
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Other
Alternative
Medicines
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• Glasses are place on some important points at the back.


• Effective in creating a kind of suction because of the vacuum
inside the glass.
• The suction created by the glass and heat (candle or fire)
supports blood flow
• Thus, promotes healing of the body.
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REFLEXOLOGY
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REFLEXOLOGY
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REFLEXOLOGY

• Done by applying pressure of feet, ears, and hands by means of


a thumb or a particular finger.
• The areas where pressure put are also called reflex points.
• Reflex points are pressed because they are considered as
corresponding to a person’s major area of the body or human
organ.
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NATUROPATHY
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NATUROPATHY

• Came from the word “nature” and thus, uses natural way
to treat patient.
• Kind of treatment that try to restore the balance of the
mind and body.
• Treatment not only for physical cause of illness but also
the mental and emotional causes.
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MASSAGE THERAPY
MASSAGE THERAPY
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• Known to improve one’s well-being.


• Result in good circulation of the blood.
• It is also helps reduce muscle pains and stiffness.
• Provide relief from stress.
• Popular because of its relaxing effect.
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Activity
ESSAY WRITING:
On ½ sheet of paper, answer the following questions in paragraph.

1. Have you ever tried at least one of the alternative medicines that we have
discussed? (if yes, please specify)
2. What are the procedures of the alternative medicines you have encountered?
3. Is it effective and comfortable?
4. Are you willing to do or take alternative medicines again? Why?
5. What do you prefer the most? Regular medicines or alternative medicines?
Why?