PITO-PITO (literally, SEVEN-SEVEN) It's been used here in many homes. A tried and tested medicinal concoction for fever and other ailments. Also for GREAT SKIN. It is a blend of seeds and leaves that are considered traditional herbal medicine. This blend is prepared as a decoction or a poultice and is available on-line or in Oriental stores. It is utilized as a folkloric application for: asthma, abdominal pains colds, cough, diarrhea, fever . The significances of seven (pito) is thought to be "numerological essential (lucky) to the efficacy of the eventual formulation".
A traditional combination is: seven leaves of alagaw, banaba, bayabas, pandan, and mangga with half a teaspoon each of anis and cilantro, boiled for 30 minutes, strained and drained.
In the urban and suburban areas, it has become part of alternative new-age menu as a herbal tea blend. Commercial tea preparations substitute one or two ingredients with other herbal medicinal components. A popular substitute in herbal tea blends is Gotu-Kola (Centella asiatica); for wild-crafted use, pineapple and kaimito leaves.
It is easy to prepare, simply put all seven ingredients together, add water and boil for 30 minutes, strain and drained the ingredients to ensure all of the juice is out before disposing. It is also utilized as washing solution to aid in the healing of wounds and to rejuvenate your body while recovering from fever of after giving birth.
Common names (Scientific names) and their benefits / ailments targeted
Alagao leaves (Premna Odorata Blanco): headache, cough, wounds, diabetes, colitis and skin dysentery
Banaba leaves (Lagestroemia Speciosa): high blood pressure, hemorrhage, kidney disorders
Guava leaves (Psidium Guajava) : rich in Vitamin C Guava is a very good source of vitamins, fibers as well as minerals.associated with healing of wounds, when applied externally.helps cure dysentery, by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines.
Pandan leaves (Pandanus Amaryllifolius): blood vessels, headache, rheumatism, antispasmodic (suppresses spasms), urine, abortion, headache and earache.
Mango leaves (Mangifera Indica) : bumps, bruises, bronchial tubes, cough, hoarseness, intestinal worms, diarrhea and inflammation vaginal wash after giving birth
Coriander seeds (Coriandum Sativum) : blood sugar, lower cholesterol and fight against inflammation and freed radicals. It is though to have antimicrobial properties and documentation supports it can be a effective chelation therapy for individuals who have excess mercury in their systems (potentially from tooth filings).
Anise seeds (Pimpinella Anisum): phytoestrogen, antiparasitic, digestive problems, relief of menstrual cramps.
Pito-pito Tropical Tea is available in health stores and alternative medicine outlets.