Philippine Herbs Used in Small Animal Practice

Herb Indication Preparation and Application Active Ingredient Precaution

Sabila (Aloe barbadensis


Indigestion, constipation 


J/ Dr: leaves with small amount of water



May interact with heart medication (aloe decreases K+, which increases potency of heart glycosides) 
Paragia (Eleusine indica) Diarrhea and stomachache  /Ff: Feed leaves  Tannins, saponins  Toxic when ingested at 3mg/kg of extract 
Bayabas (Psidium guajava) Diarrhea, Giardia infestation  De/ Dr: leaves, 250 ml bid x 1-2d  Tannin, saponin, protozoa-inhibiting principle, quercetin  
Manga (Mangifera indica) Giardia, E. coli, Enterobacteria infestation  De/ Dr: leaves Tannin, saponin, fats, calcium oxalte, peroxidase, glycosides   
Niyog (Cocos nucifera) Bloat, diarrhea, constipation  De/ Dr: 200 ml oil or milk of coconut, bid x 2d  Fats, oils, proteins, CHON, minerals, Vits A, B, C   
Damong maria (Artemisia vulgaris Gas pain (tympanism) De/ Dr: 6 leaves in 1 glass H2O Alkaloids  
Takip-kohol (Centella asiatica) Peptic ulcer De/ Dr: 30-60 leaves in 1 glass water Vallarine, asiaticoside (a glycoside)  
Lagnob (Ficus hauili bianco) Food poisoning, indigestion  De/ Dr: 3 young unopened leaves & 1 young soft leaf , give while lukewarm     

Luya (Zingiber officinale




Pw/ Ff: Feed raw and crystallized rhizome, q2hrs


Gingerol, shogaol, zingerone


Do not use in pregnant animals nor those with fever, on hypo-glycemic txt or anticoagulant txt; do not use 1 wk prior to and after surgery
Tanglad (Cymbopogon citratus Flatulence, diarrhea /Dr: Oil Citral (an aldehyde in essential oil)  
Bulak ng Paraiso (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) Jaundice De/ Dr: 5 leaves, 3 fruits and bark    
Rosal (Gardenia jasminoides, G. florida Jaundice, increased Bilirubin in blood De/ Dr: fruit or 6-9 gm leaves Crocin (gardenia), crocetin, mannitol, B-sitosterol  
Mutha (Cyperus rotundus)*  Stomach pain/ colic /Ff: Feed fresh leaves    

Philippine Herbs Used in Small Animal Practice
Compiled by M. Leila Santiago-Flores, DVM
Preparation and Application of Herbal Medicines
Integumentary System
Gastrointestinal System
Intestinal Parasitism

Respiratory System
Reproductive System
Urinary System
Circulatory System
Ophthalmic Disorders


Email: M. Leila Santiago-Flores