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The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines   By: (1857-1925)

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The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by T. H. Pardo de Tavera is an exceptional guide that delves deep into the traditional and indigenous medicinal practices of the Philippines. Pardo de Tavera, with his extensive knowledge and expertise, offers readers an insightful and comprehensive exploration of the country's botanical treasures and their beneficial properties.

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is its meticulous organization. Divided into chapters dedicated to specific plants and their therapeutic uses, it provides a structured and user-friendly resource for both laymen and professionals interested in herbal medicine. The author's expertise shines through as he presents an extensive catalogue of plants, highlighting their unique characteristics, growth habits, and the ailments they can effectively treat. The inclusion of vibrant illustrations further enhances the book's accessibility and allows readers to easily identify each plant discussed.

Pardo de Tavera's meticulous research and attention to detail are apparent throughout the book. He not only presents an extensive inventory of medicinal plants found in the Philippines but also delves into their historical and cultural significance. Readers are taken on a fascinating journey through time, discovering how these plants have been utilized by indigenous Filipino communities for generations. The author's deep respect for traditional knowledge and his efforts to preserve and document it make this book a valuable cultural resource.

What truly sets this book apart is its practicality. Pardo de Tavera does not merely provide descriptions of plants and their uses; he goes a step further by offering detailed instructions on proper preparation and administration. This hands-on approach allows readers to harness the healing potential of the plants explored within its pages. Whether one seeks relief from minor ailments or a holistic approach to well-being, this guide serves as an invaluable tool.

However, while the book excels in its content, it may be slightly overwhelming for readers without prior knowledge of botanical terms or Latin plant names. Occasional footnotes or a glossary could have provided clarity to assist those less familiar with the subject matter. Additionally, a more visually engaging layout would have made the book more aesthetically appealing and easier to navigate.

Nevertheless, The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines remains an indispensable resource for those interested in the diverse herbal remedies utilized in the Philippines. It is a testament to Pardo de Tavera's passion for preserving traditional knowledge and his dedication to promoting the healing powers of nature. Whether used as a reference guide or as a means of cultural exploration, this book is bound to leave a lasting impression on its readers, inspiring a newfound appreciation for the remarkable medicinal flora of the Philippines.

First Page:

Medicinal Plants

of the

Philippine Archipelago

The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines


T. H. Pardo De Tavera

Doctor en Medicina de la Facultad de Paris, Comisionado Cientifico de S. M. en las Islas Filipinas y Delegado General en las Mismas de la Société Académique Indo Chinoise de Francia, Miembro Fundador Correspondiente de la Sociedad Española de Higiene, Etc.

Translated and Revised by

Jerome B. Thomas, Jr., A.B., M.D.

Captain and Assistant Surgeon, U. S. V.


P. Blakiston's Son & Co.

1012 Walnut Street.


Copyright, 1901, by

P. Blakiston's Son & Co.


This translation was undertaken with the especial object of facilitating the study of the native medicinal plants by the numerous medical officers stationed at small posts throughout the Philippines. In order to aid in the recognition of these plants, the botanical descriptions have been revised to the extent of adding, where possible, the size and shape of the plant, English name, length of leaves, color of flowers, etc... Continue reading book >>

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