Sambong is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate countries such as Philippines, India, and Africa and found even in eastern Himalayas. It is an aromatic shrub, which grows from 1 to 4 meters in height. It is considered as an herb in some countries and is difficult to eradicate. It is used to treat infected wounds, respiratory infections, and stomach pains in Thai and Chinese folk medicine. Experiments have shown the ability of sambong to fight cancer cells, particularly in liver carcinoma and leukaemia. Further studies are being conducted to consider the added benefits of including sambong in cancer treatments. Sambong is said to be one of 10 herbs that have been approved by the Department of Health in the Philippines as being effective in treating a variety of health conditions.
In ancient days before the introduction of modern medicine in the rural areas, the leaves of the sambong shrub is prepared and drank as tea and thus was discovered to have expectorant as well as anti-spasmodic and anti-diarrheal properties. The leaves were also often used as anti-septic for minor cuts and wounds. Today, together with the advances in modern medicine the sambong shrub is an alternative medicine in treating hypertension and rheumatism, colds and fever, dysentery, stomach pains and sore throat. Also, the leaves of sambong help control diarrhoea and relieve stomach pains. Traditionally, sambong leaves are ground to a paste and applied to the stomach.
It is commonly used in capsule form in the treatment of kidney disorders. Doctors in the Philippines routinely prescribe sambong for the dissolution of kidney stones. Sambong is also high in essential oils, and contains significant amounts of camphor oil.
To make sambong tea, boil the leaves in drinking water and make it simmer for about ten-fifteen minutes, get ready this tea and retailer it in a thoroughly clean container. Drink this tea all through the day, at minimum three-4 occasions for greatest advantages. The odour is fragrant and pungent but also calming at the same time.