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More prescriptions from wonder book

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HERE are more ‘prescriptions’ from a wonder book that we wrote about last issue. The booklet is called Aklat ng Panggagamot at mga Lihim ng Magnetismo Para sa Lunas sa Karamdaman.

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Para sa hindi makatulog (insomnia) – ligisin ang dahon ng mustaza at itapal sa noo.

Sa bagang na namamaga – dahon ng mustaza nguyain nang hilaw.

Singaw sa bibig – kumuha ng lantin. Sunugin. Ilagay sa tubig at mumugin.

Doon sa ang ulo ay may kuto – kumuha ng ugat ng cogon. Ilaga ito at siyang gawing pampaligo.

The author states in the introduction that this collection published by Aklatang Lunas is addressed only to those who have faith in the medicinal value of our plants, their roots, leaves, fruits, seeds, what not. A person’s choice of medicine, he continues, is a reflection of his personal belief. While some people are accustomed to seeing doctors at the slightest hint of a headache, others consult the hometown albularyo.

But even the author himself is not prejudiced against medical doctors in general. He duly recognizes them. For instance, he prescribes bunga ng lagundi for one who has been bitten by a mad dog. Advice number two says: dito ay kailangan na ang injection. Sumangguni sa doktor.

He guides: if the names of the plants and solutions mentioned in the book are not known to you, go to the sellers of herbal wares that surround Quaipo church. There, they sell all the raw materials written about in the book, says Cora Reyes, herself an herb vendor.

These days, more and more people are realizing the medicinal values of local plants. The list includes scientists and researchers.

A study conducted recently by the National Institute of Science and Technology revealed that a good number of local plants can be tapped to produce medicine. Papaya, in fact, was reported as possessing some component – called carpaine – that can be developed to cure cancer.

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TRIVIA PA MORE (Various sources): Traffic accidents kill 1.25 million people per year.

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“Backpfeifengesicht” is a German word for a face that badly needs a punch.

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When penguin mothers lose a chick, they sometimes attempt to “steal” another mother’s chick.

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YouTube is the second largest search engine, right after google. It’s bigger than Bing, YAHOO!, and ask combined.

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Cocaine has a small number of accepted medical uses such as numbing and decreasing bleeding during nasal surgery.

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Send your questions on anything and everything to Kuya Kim through my Twitter account @kuyakim_atienza using #AlaminKayKuyaKim.

Ating tuklasin ang mga bagay-bagay na di niyo pa alam. Walang ’di susuungin, lahat aalamin. Ito po si Kuya Kim, Matanglawin, only here in Tempo. (KIM ATIENZA)

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