The picture below is a dwarf version of tsaang gubat. It’s true because it is a two year old bonsai plant. This plant is commonly found in the wild. They are often treated as nuisance or weed. Sometimes we used them as support for pole sitao and other vines. I was not giving attention to this herb before because I never knew its identity and importance, one of the ten medicinal plants recommended by the Department of Health.
Promoting natural medicines is a rare government project. They give more importance to expensive commercially available drugs.
Medicinal Properties of Tsaang Gubat (BPI):
1) The tea or leaf decoction is used as cure for stomach problems. For diarrhea with bloody discharge, and for dysentery.
2) Cough and fever cure.
3) The root is used in southern India for cachexia and syphilis. Maybe an antidote for vegetable poison.
4) Beneficial in secondary and constitutional syphilitic affections.
update as of June 2016
Tsaang Gubat is scientifically known as Ehretia microphylla.
Study of Demetrio L. Valle et. al.(2015) entitled “Antibacterial activities of ethanol extracts of Philippine medicinal plants against multi drug-resistant bacteria”, showed that ethanol extract has favorable antagonistic activity against bacteria.
How to Prepare?
Ritemed.com cited, the herb is effective cure for indigestion, diarrhea and dysentery. They added a preparation instruction. Slow boil a palm-full of leaves for few minutes. Drink it as tea three times a day. I guess they forgot to add the amount of water needed.