ASSESSMENT OF THE COMMON MEDICINAL PLANTS PLANTED AND USED IN VARIOUS HOUSEHOLDS IN ALBAY, PHILIPPINES
This study aimed to document the medicinal plants and note its utilization in the three districts of Albay. District 1 represented by Tiwi and Tabaco City, District 2 by Legazpi City and Manito and District 3 by Ligao and Pioduran were considered as sampling sites. One rural and one urban, with three barangays representing the three ecological zones, upland, lowland and coastal were sampled. A total of 540 respondents were interviewed from eighteen (18) barangays. One hundred ninety (190) medicinal plant species were identified. The most commonly used was Blumeabalsamifera, locally known as lakadbulan. This was followed by Coleus aromaticus (oregano), Artamisa vulgaris (artamisa),Vitexnegundo(lagundi), Psidiumguajava (bayawas) and Moringaoleifera (malunggay). Common preparation of the plants includes decoction and poultice for relief of cough, colds, body pain and other minor ailments. It was noted that commercially synthesized drugs were administered after they have tried the medicinal plants.
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