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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, May 8, 2014


THE health enhancement program advocacy of the medical practitioners from the Department of Health in Tublay, Benguet using various medicinal plants in the municipality may be strengthened through a research conducted by two professors from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Cordilleras.

Professors Teresita Doctor and Jay Jay Fernandez Manuel's study entitled "Phytochemical Screening of Selected Indigenous Medicinal Plants of Tublay, Benguet Province, Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines," which analyzed 14 ethnomedicinal plants in the said town confirms the presence of various phytochemicals.

Through a qualitative phytochemical analysis which gave highlight to the plants' important role in the traditional medicinal system, it was found out that these plants have different phytochemicals like alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, terpenoids, saponins, steroid, and glycosides in its methanolic leaf extracts.

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The plant specie Bengaw is beneficial for rheumatic arthritis and leg pains, toothache, and GIT disorders such as dyspepsia, gastritis, indigestion, diarrhea, and asthma. Lemon grass is a herbal medicine for stomach ache, liniment for back pains, and rheumatic complains.

Meanwhile, the fresh young leaves of Pinya is used to eradicate intestinal parasites, Guyabano leaves if taken as tea is believed to prevent cancer, and Akapulko possess an anti-herpetic and anti-fungal properties.

Other medicinal plants that were analyzed and discovered to have secondary metabolites are the Takip-Kuhol, Puted-puted, Subusob, Peday/Tuday, Banaba, Bangbangsit/Lantana, Amti, Espada, and Hagonoi.

The researchers said that in the study published in International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications on April 2014, there are variations in the chemical constituents and the six medicinal plants tested are potential antimicrobial agents.

They conclude that the characterization and isolation of the active chemical components of the said plants for further study may lead to the development of a potential drug that may treat various kinds of infections and may be used by community of Tublay. This may also be developed by the pharmaceutical industries to produce new drugs.

Manuel said conducting such study, his sixth research to be published in international journal, is part of his advocacy.

"If there is one thing common sa lahat ng projects na part ako is that it's all about research and environmental education," Manuel said.

His other works already published in international journal include the studies entitled "Phytochemical and antibacterial study of Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers. and its ethnomedicinal importance to indigenous communities of Benguet Province, Philippines"; "Phytochemical screening and Antibacterial activity of selected medicinal plants of Bayabas, Sablan, Benguet Province, Cordillera Administrative Region, Luzon, Philippines"; and "Water Quality Assessment of the Main Water Source in Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet using the Allium cepa test.

Research is needed to help address concerns in our community and this will be useful if it is put into use. We are glad that there are professors like Doctor and Manuel who continue to help address concerns on health and environment through research.

Have an advocacy in life and "fight for what matters to you," as Peter Parker's love interest Gwen Stacy said during her graduation speech in the Amazing Spider Man 2 movie.

For comments and topic suggestions please email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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