More than 90% of the formulations under the Indian Systems of
Medicine that is, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and
Homoeopathy (AYUSH), predominantly contain plant-based
raw materials. The efficacy of these systems thus mainly depends upon
the use of genuine raw material of quality and standardized ingredients in
the manufacture of medicines of these systems. In all, about 2000
medicinal plants are used in the preparation of AYUSH medicines, and
500 of these are more commonly used. For centuries, the forests have
been the source of herbs and medicinal plants.
This translation was undertaken with the especial object of facilitating the study of the native medicinal plants
by the numerous medical officers stationed at small posts throughout the Philippines. In order to aid in the
recognition of these plants, the botanical descriptions have been revised to the extent of adding, where
possible, the size and shape of the plant, English name, length of leaves, color of flowers, etc., in many
instances supplying the entire botanical description where it had been omitted on account of general
familiarity with the plant.
It is a remarkable and at the same time a terrible and most lamentable fact, that the practice of medicine--an
art of daily necessity and application, most nearly affecting the dearest interests and well being of mankind,
and to the improvement of which we are encouraged and impelled by the strongest motives of interest and
humanity, of love for our neighbor and emulous zeal for professional skill and superiority therein--should,
after a probation of so long a period, and recorded experience of at least two thousand years, still remain, as it
confessedly does in most respects, so little und...