Healthy Pinoy herbs that can keep your kids healthy. Surprising health benefits of Akapulko that you probably don’t know!
These days parents are more focused on the nutrition and health needs of their minor offspring. Parents are being responsible and conscientious when it comes to the needs of their children. Which is why herbal medicine is starting to make a comeback for parents who are looking for natural alternatives to keep their children healthy
The Philippines has an abundance of herbal medicine that has been used since ancient time.
Just like China, Philippines is a country which is known to use herbal products.
These herbs have been widely used in all parts of the country to cure various ailments and to promote overall wellness.
Philippine’s Department of Health approved some of the herbal medicine, which implies they are safe and effective to use.
DOH has reportedly approved ten medicinal plants for public use. One of them is the Akapulko.
Akapulko (Cassia alata) is an erect, shrubby legume with dark green compounds leaves.
According to information published at APA Med Central, this herb has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, which are useful for treating skin fungal infections.
Here are the healthy benefits if Akapulko.
Akapullko leaves contain chrysophanic acid, a fungicide that is used to treat fungal infections, like ringworm, scabies, and eczema.
In the Philippines, Filipinos also used Akapulko as an herbal medicine to treat bronchitis and asthma. This herb is known to alleviate symptoms related to inflammation and is used in treating, arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and other joint and muscle problems.
Due to its anti-microbial properties, Akapulko is used as a mouthwash for various mouth problems that includes ulcers, sores, and toothache.
The methanol extracts from leaves, flowers, and stems of Akapulko showed a broad spectrum of anti-bacterial property.
Recent studies suggest that it is a strong antioxidant that may have ant-peroxidation activities that are beneficial I preventing the development of cancer.
Akapulko leaves are safe for most of the adults, however, the seeds should not be taken for long-term.