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History of 'Traditional Medicine in the Treatment of Parasitic Diseases in the Philippines'

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Author(s): RB Monzon
Published in: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine.   Oct 23, 1995
26 3 421-428

The Philippines unfortunately has a high risk of soil- transmitted diseases as well as other parasitic illnesses. Such parasites tend to be the most common in young children. Medicinemen in this area have been attempting to use edible plants as treatment for these and other diseases, including malaria.

One plant which has been shown to fight off parasites is the Moringa oleifera. Researchers studied this hypothesis by testing the plant's effects on mice who had been infected with parasitic diseases. This evidence can later be applied to human treatment plans for such illnesses.

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