About the book:
The book features seventy two of the most commonly available and accessible Philippine grown fruits, vegetables, and spices traditionally used as both food and medicine.
Each fruit, vegetable, and spice is detailed according to its botanical family, scientific name, nomenclatures in different languages and Filipino dialects, traditional medicine uses, contemporary research findings, food and nutrition values, recommended medicinal uses, botanical and agricultural characteristics, and therapeutic color energy. There are also helpful, easy to follow instructions on the home preparation of decoctions, infusions, syrups, herbal baths, oils, and alcohol extracts of the medical plants. At the end of the book are kitchen tested recipes of medicinal plants from the authors.
Evidence-based medicine has proven that daily intake of fruits, vegetables, and and spices prevents many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer. Aside from their macronutrients, fruits, vegetables, and spices contain varying amounts of powerful vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and anti-oxidants. Fruits, vegetables, and spices are our natural living assets that god has entrusted to us for our health and wellness.
Publisher: JZGALVEZTAN Health Associates, Inc.
Publication Date: 2017
About the authors:
Dr. Jaime Z. Galvez Tan, MD MPH has been a community and clinical practitioner of natural healing and integrative medicine for almost forty years. He graduated from UP College of Medicine 1974. In 1982, he completed his Masters in Public Health with a Letter of Excellence at the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. He is a retired professor of the UP College of Medicine. He was Chief of Staff and Undersecretary of the Philippine Dept. of Health (DOH) from 1992 to 1994. In 1995, He assumed the post of Acting Secretary of Health. He is the chairman and Founder of Health Futures Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to primary health care in marginalized areas to create communities of wellness.
Ma. Rebecca M. Galvez Tan, RN is a community health nurse by profession. Her work with the rural communities for the past 3 decades introduced her to the rich knowledge of Philippine Medicinal Plants and Filipino Traditional Medicine, the best practices of which she integrated into her nursing practice. A health educator, she designed and conducts training on health and wellness. She has written books and manuals on: hilot, acupressure, ventosa, medicinal plants and community health. He is a graduate of UP College of Nursing. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious JV Sotejo Medallion of Honor by the UP Nursing Alumni Assoc. International, Inc. in recognition of “her commitment to championing a community based nurse living and working with the people using holistic perspective and approach”.