Uses and Regulation of Nutraceuticals for Animals in the Philippines

  • Jacob Anderson C. Sanchez
  • Geraldine C. Sanchez


The Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia with many requirements for food animals. Traditional veterinary practices are still thriving, and their application to animal health exists among rural communities. Herbal treatments for animals listed in this chapter are mostly used for gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and dysentery. These herbs which are known to possess medicinal benefits for animals were put together based on applications of herbs in treating human diseases. The top ten medicinal plant species approved by the Philippine Department of Health-Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA) for therapeutic purposes are lagundi for cough and asthma, sambong as an anti-urolithiasis, ampalaya for lowering of blood sugar and as an antidiabetic, garlic as antihypercholesterolemia, guava for oral/skin antiseptic, tsaang gubat for mouthwash, yerba buena as an analgesic or antipyretic, niyog-niyogan as an antihelminthic, acapulco as an antifungal, and ulasimang-bato as an anti-hyperuricemia. The Philippine research and regulatory bodies include the Department of Agriculture (DA), DA-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI), Department of Health (DOH)-Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), DOH-FDA, and Philippine Natural Health Products Industry (PNHPI). In 2017, a total of 497 companies were accredited by DA-BAI; however, these are not categorized based on whether or not they sell synthetic drugs or nutraceuticals. The use of nutraceuticals for veterinary purposes in the Philippines is still in its infancy. It is imperative for veterinary universities in the Philippines to innovate the utilization of food or feeds for animals with certain medicinal benefits. In response to this growing need, the Pampanga State Agricultural University, through the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research, has established the Nutraceutical Research Laboratory (NRL).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob Anderson C. Sanchez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Geraldine C. Sanchez
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)Pampanga State Agricultural UniversityMagalangPhilippines
  2. 2.Nutraceutical Research LaboratoryPampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU)MagalangPhilippines
  3. 3.College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU)MagalangPhilippines

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