How to Make Akapulko Ointment (Hot Process)

Akapulko ointment is an herbal treatment traditionally used for fungal skin infections e.g. tinea flava, ringworm, athletes foot among others.

Common names: Katanda (Tagalog); andadasi (Ilokano); palochina (Bisaya); ringworm bush, seven golden candlesticks, Scientific name: Senna alata (L.) Roxb


fresh chopped leaves of Akapulko
vegetable oil
candle (Sperma #5)
frying pan,
ointment jars

Proportion: 1 cup fresh chopped leaves: 1 cup vegetable oil, 2 candles, grated.


1. Fry the chopped leaves until crisp.
2. Strain. Add the grated candle to the oil.
3. Heat over low heat until all the candle wax is melted. Mix well.
4. Transfer to ointment jars before the mixture hardens.
5. Label properly.

Further information in: de Padua,L.S., N. Bunyapraphatsara, R.H.M.J. Lemmens (Editors). 1999. Plant Resources of South East Asia 12(1) Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.771 pp. Or contact: RED Foundation Inc., Los BaƱos, Laguna 4031 Philippines Tel no. (63) (049) 536 0205.


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