Healing with Plant Medicine: Makabuhay (Tinospora Crispa)

I start to cultivate Makabuhay Vine way back 2013 as i need it to make a charm to improve health and long life. Though this herb was commonly known to have an abortive properties, I still hold on to the meaning of it’s name which is makabuhay or the one that promotes life. As Manghihilot or Traditional Healer, we do not just work on manipulating the Physical Body of the person to treat them but we also make medicine that could restore and maintain good health. A person Health for us as we see it does not limit to the Physical Movement of the person but we see also his/her emotional, mental, social and spiritual health as a basis for Holistic Wellness. And the medicine we provide is not also limited on Physical Manipulation of the Body but also we do preparation of Medicine for internal consumption, topical application or to carry it in their person such as in the use of Amulets, Talismans or Charms.

On my personal practice and use of Makabuhay, i mix the dried herbs and vines to alcoholic drink such as rum in a tincture and add few drops to a glass of water before i sleep. The vines can also be added to make a docoction of coconut oil to be applied on the part of the body that is affected by rheumatism and arthritis.

Studies suggest that Makabuhay has cardiotonic, antioxidant, antidiarheal, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, antiproliferative, hypolipidemic, antimalarial, and antinociceptive properties. According to Medical Health Guide, the list are the Traditional Medicinal Uses of Makabuhay vine:

  • Makabuhay roots, stems and leaves are used as herbal treatment for fevers, malaria. Makabuhay leaves and roots are pounded then dissolved in cold water. Applied with a soft cloth over the nape, forehead, underarms and other body parts to bring down the body temperature.
  • Makabuhay poultice is used to treat gout, arthritis, and rheumatism by reducing pain and edema.
  • Makabuhay is used to treat skin diseases (athlete’s foot, scabies, etc.), promotes wound healing and alleviate skin itching. Makabuhay tonic is believed to promote overall good health and longevity, improves memory, improves skin tone and texture, and provides energy.
  • Makabuhay tonic is also used to treat fever and malaria. Makabuhay tonic is used to treat gastrointestinal and digestive problems, which includes diarrhea, hyperacidity, abdominal pains, gas pains (kabag), vomiting, dyspepsia, dysentery, colitis, constipation, loss of appetite and even worm infestation.
  • Makabuhay is also used in the treatment of diabetes, heart problems, hepatitis, anemia, impotence, tuberculosis, jaundice,

Author: Lakay Magbaya Aghama

Lakay Alsent Magbaya Aghama was born as Alvin Lasquesty Sentin who is the only son of Agustin Octaviano Sentin and Myrna Deseo Lasquety. Born on the 10th of December 1983 and was gifted with Divine Abilities. His spiritual journey starts at the age of 9 when he discovered his father doing magick secretly. Then the calling towards spirituality continue to be revealed when he discovered that even is maternal grand father also practices Orasyon and Antingan which is a Christian Mystical practices of the converted Filipino at that time. During his High School years, the young Alvin become an active member of the Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association that is founded by the Divine Master Ruben Ecleo of the Dinagat Island, Philippines. Alvin served as a Missionary Healer of the Association until he found Neo Paganism through Majicka Eclectica on 2004 that later become known as Tribmaka. Upon joining the group Alvin was named as Alibata for he gain expertise on Filipino Rune Magick. In Majika Eclectica Baylan Alibata aside from being a Rune Master he also served as a Charm Maker. On 2011, Baylan Alibata took a formal study on Philippine Traditional and Indigenous Medicine through the Educational Ministry of Luntiang Aghama which is the Hilot Academy of Binabaylan and have gain the Title as Hilot Binabaylan. Through his continues study in the doctrines and teachings of Luntiang Aghama, Alvin Lasquety Sentin achieved his ordination to the Shrine thus from being Baylan Alibata he gained Membership to the Shrine and was ordained as Lakay Alsent Magbaya on December 16, 2012 and he was called to become a Binabaylan of Magbabaya on the 9th of March 2017. As of today Lakay Alsent Magbaya Aghama actively serves Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc. and serve as a Deputy Chief Priest of Landas ng Lahi, Temple Head of Templong Anituhan ng Luntiang Aghama, Director of Spiritual Healing Arts at Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, Founder and Creative Director of Alsent Aghamic Craft Arts Passion, Founder and Initiator of Sibulan Adlaw Baybayin Oracle.

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