Herbal remedies were never a thing I really bothered about in the West, mainly down to the fact most portrayals of “healers” on TV are of some busybodies who believe they know what they are doing but generally make things worse by miss prescribing natural healing methods.
But here I find that the Philippines herbal medicines work even though its often pushed in the media to go with the tablet a day mentality which is obviously pharmaceutical companies cashing in on natural healing. With vitamins that take you from unable to walk due to aching bones to a couple of capsules and your waltzing and dancing. Not saying that the adverts are true in fact I am saying the complete opposite the adverts are out and out lies which is why currently new legislation is being debated to bring more “truth” to the advertisement of supplements and herbal medicines.
At the same time things like malunggay which you can see in the photo grows easily and often boiled in teas etc. and very well known for its herbal healing properties as well as helping people live longer. Same goes for Tawa-Tawa which combats dengue (Tawa-Tawa is “milk milk” name coming from the milk like substance from within the plant) but its also well known to help with arthritis and many other things. Why are people moving away from these? Well to be honest I think the herbal stuff works and in many cases better than a lot of prescribed medicines depending what it is. At the same time pharmaceutical companies don’t make any money from stuff you grow naturally same as growing it yourself doesn’t help advertise the product which means that anything being developed in the future will be more and more based around tablets as it generates cash which can then be used to change peoples minds by use of advertisements. I have seen the damage the milk industry has done and the vitamins and natural medications such as vitamins have gone down the same route.
I would say though due to the make up of the country and the fact at least 70% if not more of the population lives hand to mouth this does mean more people especially rurally will and do rely more on herbal than prescription medication. Some is down to availability as they are too far out of reach of pharmacies and the other being simply they can’t afford expensive medication.