Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Tsaang Gubat or Wild Tea (Ehretia microphylla Lam.)

Tsaang Gubat is one of the 10 herbs that is endorsed the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an antispasmodic for abdominal (stomach) pains. And is registered as a herbal medicine at the Philippine Bureau of Food & Drug (BFAD).

Tsaang Gubat is small tree that grows (from 1 to 5 meters) abundantly in the Philippines.In folkloric medicine, the leaves has been used as a disinfectant wash during child birth, as cure for diarrhea, as tea for general good health and because Tsaang Gubat has high fluoride content, it is used as a mouth gargle for preventing tooth decay.
Research and test now prove it's efficacy as an herbal medicine. now a days Tsaag Gubat, it is now available commercially in capsules, tablets and tea bags.
Scientific name: Ehretia Microphylla Lam.

Tsaang Gubat is also known as: Wild Tea, Forest Tea, in (Visayas Region) Alibungog ,
in(Bicol Region)Putputai, and in (Ilocos Region)they called it Maragued.

Benefits of Tsaang Gubat:• it treats Stomach pains
• it treats Gastroenteritis
• it trears Intestinal motility
• it treats Dysentery
• it treats Diarrhea or Loose Bowel Movement (LBM)
• used as Mouth gargle
• used as Body cleanser/wash

Procedure & Use:
• Thoroughly wash the leaves of tsaang gubat in running water. Chop to a and boil 1 cup of chopped leaves in 2 cups of water. Boil in low heat for 15 to 20 minutes and drain.
• Take a cupful every 4 hours for diarrhea, gastroenteritis and stomach pains.
• Gargle for stronger teeth and prevent cavities.
• Drink as tea daily for general good health.