August 2, 2010
Tsaang Gubat or Wild Tea (Ehretia microphylla Lam.) Putputai (Bikol); alangit (Bisaya); forest tea, wild tea.Scientific Names:Carmona retusa Carmona heterophylla Cav. Ehretia buxifolia Boxb. Ehretia heterophylla Spreng. Ehretia microphylla Lam.
Tsaang Gubat is used as herbal medicine and is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate of Philippines. Tsaang gubat is widely used in the Philippines as herbal medicine. The tsaang gubat were studied for possible anti-allergic subtances to counter the histamine release from mast cells that cause type-1 reactions. The tsaang-gubat, contains rosmarinic acid and microphyllone which is attributed for its efficacy to control allergy. Tsaang gubat studies also shows it has antibacterial, antinocicpetive and anti-inflammatory properties. Study of tsaang gubat leaves showed a mixture of triterpenes– a-amyrin, ß-amyrin and baurenol and a wide range of bioactivity. The tsaang gubat showed analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal and antibacterial activities. Tsaang gubat is commonly prepared in pills capsules and in herbal tea bags form.Tsaang Gubat is one of the 10 herbs that is endorsed the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an antispasmodic for abdominal (stomach) pains. And is registered as a herbal medicine at the Philippine Bureau of Food & Drug (BFAD).
Tsaang Gubat is a shrub (small tree) that grows (from 1 to 5 meters) abundantly in the Philippines. In folkloric medicine, the leaves has been used as a disinfectant wash during child birth, as cure for diarrhea, as tea for general good heath and because Tsaang Gubat has high fluoride content, it is used as a mouth gargle for preventing tooth decay. Research and test now prove it’s efficacy as an herbal medicine. Aside from the traditional way of taking Tsaag Gubat, it is now available commercially in capsules, tablets and tea bags.Tsaang gubat is an erect, shrub with green compound leaves. The tsaang gubat shrub grows to about 1 to 4 meters high and can be found in secondary forest in low and medium altitude. Tsaang gubat leaves grows in clusters on short branches, 3-6 cm long, somewhat toothed or lobed near the apex and pointed at the base, short stalked and rough on the upper surface. Tsaang gubat bears small white flowers, axillary, solitary, 2 or 4 on a common stalk. It bers yellow fruits when ripe about 4-5 mm in diameter, fleshy, with a 4-seeded stone.