Natural Treatment for Hypertension

My father is on his 80s already and still works till to this day.  I and others who knew him admire him for that.  Who would have thought that he still eat and drink anything he want, without having to worry about high blood pressure?  What do you think is the reason?

I am not an authority on this subject but I somehow read an article that opened my eyes.  I somehow found out the reasons behind why people have or do not have hypertension or high blood pressure.  If you already have or suffering from it, natural treatment is highly recommended.

A gathered report indicates nutritional factors such as essential fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, and sodium are principal in high blood pressure treatment.  Sodium holds excess water in the circulatory system and blood pressure rises.  This to me is the obvious reason why my father up to this day has no high blood pressure… he likes to eat fish and banana.

Natural Therapies for Hypertension.

• Study shows that the addition of olive oil to the diet combined with a slight reduction in saturated fat intake reduced the dosage of antihypertensive drugs by 48 percent.

• Just the addition of supplemental potassium to the diet can markedly reduce the need for blood pressure medications. A 1999 study showed that two bananas a day, a rich source of potassium, can control blood pressure as well as ACE-inhibitor drugs without the cost and side effects. Two bananas could lower blood pressure by 10 percent, or about 14-16 points for most patients with mild hypertension. It has been estimated that a reduction of 2 points on the blood pressure scale could reduce strokes by 14 percent and coronary heart disease by 8 percent.

• A 1993 study showed that 3000 milligrams of fish oil significantly reduces blood pressure.

Low vitamin C stores in the body are associated with high blood pressure. In 1999 a small study showed that 500 milligrams of supplemental vitamin C significantly reduced blood pressure, about three times better than patients who received a placebo.

Inspired from the writings of  Bill Sardi.

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Medicinal Plants Common to Philippine Soil

The most famous and highly demanded at this point as far as I know is…

  1. Moringa also called as Malunggay andHorse Radish (Moringa Oleifera Lam)


  • Human Food
  • Animal Feeds
  • Natural Medicine
  • Better source of mother’s milk
  • Fertility enhancer
  • Natural pesticide
  • Viand and Delicacy ingredients


  • Human Food
  • Natural Medicine
  • Source of Seeds


  • Edible Oil/Biofuel/Perfume Oil
  • Source of moringa seedling
  • Cosmetics and skin care ingredients
  • Fertilizer
  • Water Purifier
  • Medicine
  • Animal feeds


  • Medicine
  • Health Drink

Roots, Bark and Gum

  • Medicine
  • Alley Cropping

To those who have not known of moringa’s nutritional value, below is miracle like benefits…

= 7 x more Vitamin C than Orange

= 4 x more Vitamin A than Carrots

= 4 x more Calcium than Milk

= 3 x more Potassium than Banana

= 3 x more Iron than Spinach

= 3 x more Vitamin E than Almond

More on Health Benefits

  • Dietary benefits in response to increased health consciousness in US/EU, moringa being low in trans-fatty acids
  • High oleic acid content good emollient
  • Nutritional benefits ideal particularly for dietary supplements

Moringa Oil Benefits

  • Low iodine value (better than diesel)
  • Low cetane (ignition) number (better than both coconut fat and diesel)
  • Cost is comparable to alternatives (e.g. Soybean oil)
  • Could potentially obtain carbon credits in future, which would further enhance value of planting Moringa

On my own observation and opinion, having a farm or manufacturing for moringa products is one of the most profitable and fulfilling among other medicinal plants.   Employment and income potential will reach as far as distant rural areas and native’s locations. It will even benefit other functions: truck drivers, port operators, others. As to our study, this will benefit 100 plus direct and indirect workers in its 1-3 years of start-up operations, not to mention the number of people to work for suppliers, logistics, health workers to provide medical support for our workers, etc.

Moringa also helps purify water and offer cheaper alternative to mechanical filtration.  Study shows that moringa is better than in bio fuel source and technology. Moringa trees grow easily from seeds or cuttings. They grow quickly even in poor soil and bloom 8 months after planting.

I currently desire to put up a farm in Tagaytay Philippines.  I can provide a credible business plan for enthusiast or if you are willing for a joint venture investment.   My business plan and proposal is available upon request at my direct e-mail

2.Balanoi also called as Sweet Basil (Ocimum Basilicum L.) 

Good alternative cure for cough and dizziness

Preparation and use:  For dizziness, crush enough fresh leaves with our fingers and sniff them.  As a decoction for cough, boil eight tablespoons of fresh leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to half.  Divide the decoction into eight parts and take of part, three times a day.

3. Oregano also called as Broad Leaf Thyme (Coleus Amboinicus Lour)

Good alternative cure for Respiratory ailments like cough, asthma and bronchitis

Preparation and use:  Squeeze juice of the leaves.  Take one teaspoon every hour for adults. For children above 2 years old, 3 to 4 teaspoons a day.

4. Banaba (Lagerstroemia Speciosa L.)

Good alternative cure for Abdominal pains and known effective for those with stones or problems with urine

Preparation and use:  It is prepared and taken as a tea as a general tonic.  Exact dosage for other uses not yet available.

5. Makabuhay (Tinospora rumphi Boerl)

Good alternative cure for Indigestion, diarrhea, fever, skin wounds and as an ointment for rheumatism.  It should not be given to patients with cardiac disorders and those suffering from fever due to typhoid and pneumonia; pregnant women, children below weak individuals.

Preparation and use:  Wash and chop ½ glass of stem.  Sauté chopped stem on low fire for about five minutes in one glass of coconut oil.  Remove the stems then and half a glass of grated white candle wax.  When the wax is melted, pour into clean bottle and label.  Use the ointment over the whole body, save the face area, for three consecutive nights.

6. Balbas pusa also called as Cat’s whiskers (Orthosiphon Aristatus [Blume] Mig)

Good alternative cure for Gout and Renal Disorders

Preparation and use:  Dosage for decoction and other crude drug preparation has not yet been established.

7. Tanglad also called as Lemon Grass (Andropogon Citrus DC)

Good alternative cure for Stomach discomfort, toothache, sprain, vomiting and ringworm

Preparation and use:  To make a liniment, boil equal amounts of chopped leaves and roots with freshly made coconut oil.  This can also serve as insect repelant to make an infusion, mix four ounces of the grass to one pint of boiling water.  To keep away  mosquitos, plant it around your house or place crushed leaves on your window sills.

8. Luyang Dilaw also called as Turmeric (Curcuma Longa L.)

Good alternative cure for Wounds and Swelling

Preparation and use:  To make an ointment, wash the ginger.  There is no need to peel it.  Chop the rhizomes to fill half a glass of water.  Sauté with one glass of coconut oil on low heat for five minutes.  Place in a clean bottle and label.  To use as an antiseptic for wounds, extract juice of the fresh rhizome and apply directly on the wounds or swelling.  For gas pain in adults, boil a thumb-sized rhizome in a glass of water until it becomes ½ glass.  Drink the decoction.

9. Saluyot (Corchorus Capsularis L.)

Good alternative cure for Chronic Inflammation or urinary bladder

Preparation and use:  Incorporate the leaves in vegetable dishes and soups.  Dosage for decoction and other crude drug preparation has not yet been established.

10.  Takip Kuhol also called as Asiatic Pennywort (Centella Asiatica L.)

Good alternative cure for Wounds and skin Sores

Preparation and use:  The sap of the leaves is used on wounds and skin sores.  Rich in Vitamin B, it can be eaten as a salad or vegetable dish.  Dosage for specific conditions not yet established.

Other known medicinal plants

11.  Lagundi (Vitex negundo)

12.  Yerba Buena (Mentha cordifolia opiz)

13.  Sambong (Blumea balsamifera)

14.  Tsaang Gubat (Carmona refusa)

15.  Ampalaya (Momordica charantia)

16.  Niyug-niyogan (Quisqualis Indica)

17.  Bayabas (Psidium Guajava)

18.  Akapulko (Cassia alata)

19.  Ulasimang bato (Peperomia Pellucida)

20.  Bawang (Allium sativum)

A Philippine pharmacopeia released in 2004 lists 30 priority crude plant drugs backed up by validated studies here and abroad.  Excluding the first 10 DOH approved plants.  The list includes:  Dita bark, sinta herb, kintsay leaf, sampaguita flower,  ipil-ipil seeds, makahiya herb, apatot fruit, malungay bark, ikmo leaf, paminta, oregano leaf, mayana leaf, Granada rind, romero leaf, akasya leaf, duhat bark, sampalok pulp, maabuhay stem, ginger and banaba.  The list will be updated every five years.  There are also ongoing studies in university laboratories for atis, for possible bio-pesticide use; gmamela, a skin salve and rejuvenator; alibunyog, antibacterial; banago, anti fungal; and mangagaw, a possible treatment for dengue fever among others.

Philippines host some of the most diverse flora in the world.  About 1,500 of over 13,000 plant species in the county have identified medicinal value.

I desire to propagate some of the plants but lacking on capital and own farm to do such.  If given the break and chance, we want to joint venture with investor grantee so we can lease a farm lot of our own.  Our business plan proposal is available upon request at our e-mail

Thank you to Monica Feria for his writings, to where my inspiration in coming up with this blog came.

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Bird’s Eye View

Many of us only see rare birds on zoo.  Little did we know that bird watching is already a business in many countries?  Philippines is one of the few countries who have the most of the bird species known and still to be discovered.

Below are a few of the more than 570 species of birds and more or less 180 of them are only found in the Philippines.  The most endangered is the Philippine Eagle.

  • Black-faced coucal Philippine hawk-owl
  • Stripe headed rhabdornis
  • Flame breasted fruit dove
  • Writhed hornbill
  • Philippine serpent eagle
  • Philippine trogon
  • Flame-templed bambler
  • Tarictic hornbill
  • Celestial monarch

Latest rare species that faces high risk of extinction was discovered in Babuyan island on 2004.  It was named “Calayan Rail

The Colasisi is the smallest Philippine Parrot

Bird watching is more than a hobby.  Many of the bird watchers are armed with expensive binoculars, professional cameras with long lenses, light clothing, backpack, hats, etc.  Some even made a career on it.  They hikes in inconvenient places as forest, cemeteries, fields, name it.  Known reference as published by Oxford Press is “The Guide to the Birds of the Philippines,” by Robert S. Kenedy et. al.

For more info on Philippine birds, you can join the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP).  You can find them on the net at  WBCP is also known in helping Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippines (DENR) in collecting data for the Asian Waterbird Census for its annual global survey on water birds.


Don’t catch Bird Flu.  There is an ethical battle cry…”just watch, don’t catch.”

Rules are just simple:

  • Stay away from sick birds
  • Never ever handle dead ones
  • Capture not from the wild

If one follows these simple basic rules then the danger of contracting bird flu is remote.

For more information on bird flu, visit http://www.doh

Known Bird Watching Sites Outside Metro Manila.

  • Mt. Makiling, Laguna
  • Quezon National Park
  • Angat Watershed Bulacan
  • Subic Freeport Zone, Zambales
  • Mt. Polis, Mountain Province
  • Candaba marshes, Pampanga
  • St. Paul’s Underground River, Palawan
  • Tubbatahha Reefs National Park, Palawan
  • Iwahig Penal Colony, Palawan
  • Ursula Island, Palawan
  • Mt. Kanlaon, Negros
  • Mt. Talinis and lake Balinsasayao, Negros
  • Tabunan, Cebu
  • Olongapo island, Cebu
  • Rajah Sikatuna National Park Bohol
  • Mt. Kitanglad Range, Mindanao
  • Mt. Apo National Park, Mindanao
  • Paper Industries Corp. of the Philippines, Surigao del Sur

There are also in Metro Manila.

  • National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS), University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Manila Film Center, Pasay City
  • American War Memorial, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
  • Hagonoy Pumping Station, Taguig
  • Tambo Mudflats, Parañaque

Thanks to Mike Lu for his writings to where I gathered many of the above information.

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