Pito Pito is literally a blend of seven seeds or leaves of traditional herbal medicinal plants in the Philippines. These seeds and leaves are usually prepared as a decoction to treat a wide variety of illnesses and diseases, such as headaches, fever, cough, colds, migraine, asthma, abdominal pains, diarrhea, fever, flu, acne scar reduction, and many more. The traditional combination is banaba leaves, ampalaya leaves, mangosteen leaves, mango leaves, pandan China leaves, guava leaves, and honey.
You can buy this supplement at any of the local pharmacy in your area. The other combinations are alagaw, banaba, bayabas, pandan, mangga, anis and cilantro. The Pito Pito is traditionally consumed to eliminate and prevent the common cold. They are also known to boost immunity and promote healing.
The supplement can be made with different ingredients depending on the resources available on your current location. The blend has been designed to relieve basic diarrhea and other stomach related illnesses. It is also designed to help improve your lung capacity and overall ability to breathe clearly.
Banaba leaves contain triterpenoid compound corosolic acid that has shown in several clinical studies the ability to fight against obesity. The corosolic acid helps to promote the use of glucose as fuel, thus promoting weight loss.
The banaba leaves, when used as a tea, can help detoxify the body and protect the liver. The leaves help in the treatment of urinary tract infection, lower or normalize blood sugar, as well as regulate blood sugar.
Even if you are prone to have diabetes, you are able to lower your risk by drinking banaba tea every day, because it acts in a way that is similar to insulin. The banaba tea produces a positive effect lowering triglyceride and LDL cholesterol, which aid in weight loss. It can help reduce your weight, even without dietary restrictions.
Various in vitro studies involving cell free systems and cell culture have demonstrated antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, antineoplastic, and osteoblastic activities of banaba extracts and corosolic acid. In addition, various ellagitannins have been isolated from the banaba and have shown to exhibit antihyperglycemic activity.
A growing body of evidence involving animal and human studies as well as in vitro systems indicates that banaba leaf extracts exert antiobesity and antidiabetic effects. The standardized banaba extracts, corosolic acid, and/or ellagitannins in combination with other ingredients may be useful in dealing with obesity and symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome.
Highly purified corosolic acid and corosolic acid standardized preparations indicate that this component of banaba exhibits properties that are beneficial in addressing various factors that involved glucose regulation and metabolism, including the enhanced cellular uptake of glucose, improved insulin sensitivity, decreased gluconeogenesis, and inhibited intestinal hydrolysis of sucrose.
The corosolic acid and standardized banaba extracts may also be highly effective either as stand alone products or in combination with other natural products possessing hypoglycemic, antihyperlipidemic, and appetite suppressant activities. Furthermore, the corosolic acid exhibits anti-inflammatory, antuhyperlipidemic, antiviral, and antitumor promoting effects.
The hypoglycemic effects of banaba have been attributed to both the corosolic acid and the ellagitannins. The pure corosolic acid has been reported to decrease blood sugar levels within 60 minutes in human subjects.
The ampalaya leaves are great for the treatment of rheumatism and gout, which includes ailments related to the spleen and liver. The extract can be used to treat stomach related problems, such as diarrhea. The leaves are also used as an antipyretic to help lower body temperature and prevent or stop fever.
When pulverized, the leaves of the plant are good for the treatment of leprosy and malignant ulcers. When pound, the leaves can be applied to treat burns and scalds.
The leaves are used to treat headaches, prevention of fever, expel or destroy parasitic worms, and a mild purgative for better bowel movement. Research has shown that the plant contains the insulin like substance polypeptide-P, which is good in treating diabetes.
The ampalaya serves to lower the blood pressure by relaxing the vascular walls. This allows the blood to flow more swiftly without restriction from narrow passageways.
If you are pregnant, please consult your doctor, because the extract taken in large doses may cause abortion.
The local medicinal shops and the natives of Southeast Asia have been using the mangosteen rind to treat infections, control favor, reduce pain, diarrhea, arthritis, kidney stones, glaucoma, cataract, neuralgia, obesity, depression, fever, and other ailments. As an ointment, it is used to treat dysentery, eczema, and other skin diseases. As a lotion, it is used to relieve cystitis, gleet, gonorrhea.
When taken as an extract, it has the potential to shield the brain from the hazardous effects of a chemical called amyloid beta, which is responsible for causing the Alzheimer’s disease.
Mangosteen has been found to possess a class of antioxidants called xanthone that are extremely good in promoting health. The compounds are said to contain antiviral, antifungal, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
One of the most important benefits of these xanthones is to the cardiovascular system. Xanthones have the ability to act against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. The xanthones are a class of polyphenolic compounds that are both biologically active and structurally similar to the bioflavonoids.
The mangosteen fruit contains rich sources of antioxidant properties that can enhance the immune system by reversing the effects of many immune system diseases and disorders.
The mango leaves, bark, and fruit (pulp, peel, kernel) are a rich source of many bioactive compounds, such as proteins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenoids, phenolic compounds (mangiferin), dietary fiber, carbohydrates, and minerals. The antioxidants are known to protect against disease related to oxidative stress.
One study suggested that all mango tree parts improve nutrition and health. The mango peel extract has highly exhibited stronger free radical scavenging ability than mango pulp extract, regardless of the age of maturity.
The aqueous decoctions of mango flowers showed potential gastroprotective and ulcer healing properties in the acute and subacute models in mice and rats.
Pandan plants are evergreen, ornamental plants that can be grown outside and with more limited success indoors. Outdoors, they can grow as high as 15 feet or more and usually are seen growing wild on your garden.
For culinary purposes, the pandan leaves are best to use when slightly wilted and dried for about two days after harvest, because it releases and enhances the flavor. It is often used as an aromatic flavoring ingredient on rice and other dishes.
Based on several local studies and observations, the health benefits of pandan leaves are very potent. The pandan leaves are known to lower high blood pressure, eliminate dandruff, blacken hair, help overcome weak nerves, treat rheumatism, pain relief, reduce cramps, good for anxiety and stress, great for gum pain, a natural mosquito repellant, provide anti-carcinogenic properties, help in reducing fever, treat muscle pain, overcome premature ejaculation or impotence, heal sunburn, and give antihyperglycemic effect.
Other benefits are
- Treats leprosy, wounds and smallpox
- Solve several skin problems
- Strengthen gums and reduces stomach spasms
- Eases chest pains
- Treats ear pains
- Getting rid of pain
- Heals GI spasms
- Skin fungus
The pandan leaves culinary uses and healing benefits have been used in Asia for centuries. In the Philippines, the pandan leaves are being cooked along with rice to incorporate the flavor and smell to it. The pandan flowers have also been noted for its aphrodisiac characteristics.
It is interesting to note that the leaves of the guava plant have a remarkable history of medicinal uses. They are used in the treatment of diarrhea, gastroenteritis, gastric disorders, vertigo, dysentery, and menstrual pain. A Chinese study published in 2004 revealed its remarkably high phenolic content.
The guava leaves have anti-tumor properties, and are particularly useful for breast cancer. Guava is capable of repairing DNA damaged by poisons and radiation, which can significantly aid in chemotherapy as well as helps in preventing cancer. The guava leaves have morphine like analgesic properties, useful for toothaches and controlling epilepsy.
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