April 20, 2018
The Philippine medicinal plant entrees now number
about 1100. There are three separate listing of medicinal plants: a Tagalog list, an English list for those plants with English
designations, and a Chinese list, for the medicinal plants with Chinese names. English names are included in the Tagalog lists for plants
that have not acquired local names.
The red- and bold-fonted names are the original ten medicinal plants promoted by the Department
For quite a number of plants, there may be a confusing
similarity in common names shared by plants of different species, or
different names for the same plant in the same region or tribe, or confusing
variations in the common names of the same specie of plant. (See: Plant
Names) Of interesting note, is the variety and seemingly amusing
origins of the common names, which in itself presents as an interesting
etymological study. Frequent updates are done for photos, folkloric
info, research studies and addition of new plants.
compilation includes many ornamental plants, weeds
and shrubs with no known folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines,
which on web-search and research reveal folkloric medicinal use in other
countries or have undergone scientific investigations. Thus, because of the surprising wealth of information I have stumbled upon, I have started to include medicinal plant entrees without graphics. The use of public domain images and images through Creative Commons and GNUF Licenses have enormously helped provide visual elements to what would otherwise be bland pages of text.
difficulty in searching for a particular Philippine plant is the
multiplicity of names that a plant may possess, from several scientific
names to more than 30 common names, and often, many of the common
names shared with plants of other species. The Freefind search engine
will significantly facilitate your search through the haystack of
scientific names, common and English names.
Updates, Images and Disclaimer
Despite every obsessive-compulsive effort to match the botanical
information with the digital photos, the occasional mismatch
or incorrect image occurs. I appreciate
There is a continuing effort to expand the list, improve the digital images, and update the research studies. Unfortunately, some links have become dead between the intervals of updating. Corrections are made as I stumble into them.
I search far and wide for the images to accompany the plant info. The use of creative commons and copyrighted images have been invaluabe in this medicinal plant compilation. I have made every effort to make the proper attributions and/or linking of these photos to the source pages.
The compilation on medicinal plants is part of the overview
on Philippine alternative medicine and intended for general
information, educational use and springboard material for