By Charles E. Buban
Despite PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) announcement that it’s not yet rainy season—the rains that dropped the past few days were mere drizzles—we might as well prepare ourselves for its imminent arrival, which means getting ready for the common diseases it brings.
By Tessa R. Salazar
LAST WEEK, Inquirer Science & Health featured literally down-to-earth home remedies for the common colds and flu. Experts suggested easing off the animal products and consuming more bioflavonoid-rich foods such as cabbage with hearts, and green peppers, parsley, carrots, broccoli, turnips, garlic, lemon juice, grapefruit and most fruits.
Who would have thought that unassuming plants and herbs that grew in our backyard would be parlayed into a multi-million-peso industry one day? Clinical studies proving phytomedicines’ (or plant-based drugs) efficacy and growing consumer trust and patronage have created a huge market for such natural-based remedies. As a result, big pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines have begun to aggressively develop new products from indigenous sources.