Sambong is a very common herbal medicine in the Philippines – used in traditional herbal medicine for the common colds and as a diuretic.
However, it is also used for infected wounds, respiratory infections, and stomach pains in Thai and Chinese folk medicine.
Its primary uses are as a diuretic – increases the production of urine. It can also treat symptoms of the common colds such as coughing, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, headache, and fever. As a diuretic, sambong is an herb used to treat urinary tract or kidney stones, and lowers high blood pressure.
Sambong works as an expectorant, an anti-spasmodic and an anti-diarrheal, which treat various symptoms of the common cold. Furthermore, it is also used as an astringent for wounds.
It is approved by the Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, Philippine Department of Health, and by the Bureau of Plant Industries of the Department of Agriculture.
There’s no claim has been made by any responsible practitioner that it would cure the common colds or kidney disease, and it has “No Approved Therapeutic Claims”. The only legitimate claim is that it relieves symptoms.
Is has an active ingredients exist in the volatile oil, made from the leaves of sambong, which contain mostly limonene and camphor, but also traces of borneol, saponin, sesquiterpene, and tannin.
Sambong is available as a tea – it has a woody taste with a nice menthol hint.