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Blumea balsamifera
Conyza balsamifera        



The attractive benefits of herbal medicine development and usuage can be realized only if the decision to invest in this industry is made.

The government must continue to produced larger amount and varities of herbal medicines. Based on estimated of demand and sales for

 Lagundi, Sambong, and Tsaang Gubat, the ACRE study recommended that another processing plant for herbal medicine be put up

 to boost current production  level.


Other names:                                                                                                                               
Alibhun; Alimon (Panay Bisaya)
Ayoban; Bukodkud; Gintin-gintin; Hamlibon;
     Gabuen; Kambibon; Lakad-bulan; Lalakdan;
     Lakdanbulan (Bisaya)
Bukadkad (Leyte)
Dalapot (Cebu Bisaya)
Kaliban, Gabon subsub (Tagalog)
Kalibura (Tagbanua)
Labulan (Subanum)
Lakadbulan (Bisaya, Sulu)
Sambun (Sulu)
Sob-sob, Subusub, subsob (Iloko)
Takamain (Bagobo)
Blumea camphor, Ngai camphor (English)

Softly hairy, half woody, strongly aromatic shrub, 1-4 meters (m) high. Simple, alternate, broadly elongated leaves, 7-20 cm long, with toothed margin and appendaged or divided base. Loose yellow flower head scattered along much-branched leafy panicles. Two types of discoid flowers: peripheral ones tiny, more numerous, with tubular corolla; central flowers few, large with campanulate corolla. Anther cells tailed at base. Fruit (achene) dry, 1-seeded, 10-ribbed, hairy at top.

Abundant in open fields, grasslands and waste areas, flowering from February to April. Propagation by cuttings and layering.

Parts utilized:
Mature, healthy, fully expanded leaves are harvested while senescent leaves are discarded. Air-dry until they crumble when crushed with the fingers. Store in amber colored bottles in a cool, dry place.

Leaves as poultice for abscesses.
Cystitis, fever, headache.
Applied while hot over the sinuses. Used for wounds and cuts.
Tea is used for colds and as an expectorant; likewise, has antispasmodic and antidiarrheal benefits.

Recent usage
As a diuretic in hypertension and fluid retention. Also used for dissolution of kidney stones. Some clinical studies, including double blind/placebo radomized studies, have shown encouraging results for Sambong to be both safe and effective in the treatment of kidney stones and hypertension. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has promoted the use of this herbal medicine for many renal patients to avert or delay the need for dialysis or organ transplantation.

Fever: Decoction of roots; boil 2 - 4 handfuls of the leaves. Use the lukewarm decoction as a sponge bath.
Headache: Apply pounded leaves on the forehead and temples. Hold in place with a clean piece of cloth.
Gaseous distention: Boil 2 tsp of the chopped leaves in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes. Drink the decoction while warm. Also used for upset stomach. Also for mothers' bath after childbirth.
Boils: Apply pounded leaves as poultice daily.
As diuretic: Boil 2 tbsp chopped leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 minutes. Take 1/2 of the decoction after every meal, 3 times a day.

Commercial availability:
Tablets (Re-Leaf, Pascual Laboratories)

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Ampalaya Katakataka Pito-pito
Balanoy Lagundi  Sabila 
Bawang Luya Sambong
Bayabas Makabuhay Santan 
Bulak-Manok  Makahiya Sapan
Bulaklak ng Paraiso Malunggay Talisay
Damong maria Mangosteen Tsaang gubat
Ipil-ipil  Niyog-niyogan Tsitsirika 
Kakawati  Pakong tulog Yerba buena