In the Philippines, where it is most commonly known as sambong, Blumea balsamifera is used in traditional herbal medicine for the common cold and as a diuretic. It is also used for infected wounds, respiratory infections, and stomach pains in Thai and Chinese folk medicine.
Sambong is used as herbal medicine and is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate countries. Sambong leaves are known for its ngai or Blumea camphor that is used as herbal medicine to treat kidney stones, wounds and cuts, rheumatism, anti-diarrhea, anti spasms, colds and coughs and hypertension. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has develop the technology for a sambong herbal medicine tablet.
Sambong in Traditional and Folkloric Medicine
>Sambong roots and leaves are used as herbal treatment for fevers, sambong leaves and roots are pounded then dissolved in cold water. >Applied with a soft cloth over the nape, forehead, underarms and other body parts to bring down the body temperature.
>Sambong roots and leaves are also used as herbal medicine treatment for rheumatism. Sambong roots and leaves are pounded and applied as poultice on the affected body part. Sambong roots and leaves may also be boiled and are applied as warm compress onto affected area.
>Sambong is also used to treat headache, sambong leaves are pounded and applied as a poultice over the forehead.
poulticeSambong tea are also used as herbal medicine for colds and coughs.
>Sambong tea are also used for herbal treatment of diarrhea and stomach spasms.
>Sambong juice are also used for treatment of cuts and wounds.
Sambong tea preparation:
1. gather fresh sambong leaves, cut in small pieces
2. wash with fresh water
3. boil 50 grams of sambong leaves to a liter of water
4. let it seep for 10 minutes
5. remove from heat
6. drink while warm 4 glasses a day for best results.
7. sambong teaSambong poultice
8. gather fresh leaves and roots
9. wash with fresh clean water
10. pound in a mortar
11. grounded leaves may be applied or a juice extract may be used
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