Monday, July 7, 2014

Akapulko - Halamang Gamot / Herbal Medicine

Scientific name: Cassia alata L
English: Ringworm bush or shrub
Tagalog: Akapulko


 Akapulko is a shrub that grows wild on Mt. Banahaw. The leaves contain chrysophanic acid. The leaves are reported to be sudorific, diuretic and purgative, being used in the same manner as senna. The leaves are commonly used for ringworm and other skin diseases. The leaves in concoction are also used to treat bronchitis and asthma.

Traditional Uses:
For fungal skin infections: Ring worm, tinea (white spots), athlete’s foot
How to Use:
As anti fungal, apply juice from the pounded leaves on affected areas of the skin. Strong decoction of leaves and flowers for cleansing eczema and other skin itch.
As an ointment: Prepared from the leaves and apply twice a day.
Precaution: apply thinly on affected skin. Improvement will be noticed after 2 to 3 weeks of treatment.