The Effectiveness of Malunggay(Moringa Oleifera)Ointmentas a Substitute for Commercial Medicinesfor Minor Wounds TreatmentA Research PaperSubmitted toMr. Andres B. Bagaoisanof San Nicolas National High School (Main)In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Research 1Jan Mc Loid R. MoralesJanuary 2014
CHAPTER IVRESULTS AND DISCUSSIONSData PresentationTwelve (60%) out of the 20 respondents revealed that the more common woundsthat they treat withmalunggayleaves extract are cuts. This is followed by fiverespondents (25%) who have tried treating bruises with malunggayextract. While theremaining 15% or 3 respondents use the extract to treat scrapes. Table 1 shows thedistribution of these data.Table1. Minor wounds treated with malunggayextractsWounds# of Respondents%cuts1260scrapes315bruises525In the treatment of minor wounds, the respondents were divided into two types:those who use ointments bought in drug stores and those who use malunggay leavesextract. Majority of the respondents (80%) or 16 of them use malunggayextract which is 18
abundantly available in the locality. The other 4 (20%) use ointments bought from thedrug stores. These are revealed in the table below.Table2. Respondents’ Preference in Treating Minor WoundsRespondentOintment from drug storesMalunggayextract1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/Total: 20 4 16Table 3 shows the reasons why majority of the respondents prefer using malunggayleaves extract over commercial medicines or ointments bought in drug stores.Fifteen (15) or 75% of the respondents unanimously answered that naturalremedies are better and safer than artificial or clinically-prepared medicines/ointments. 19
Moreover, this majority believe that malunggayextract is more effective in treatingminor wounds than commercial medicines. Besides, they claim that commercialmedicines are expensive. Table3. Reasons for preference to malunggayleaves extract over commercial ointments Reasons# of Respondents%Commercial medicines areexpensive.1575We cannot afford buyingointments for minorwounds.1575Natural remedies are betterand safer thanartificial/clinically-preparedmedicines.1575Malunggayextracts aremore effective in treatingminor wounds thancommercial medicines.1575*5 respondents abstained from answering/checking on the itemsRelatively, the same number of respondents revealed the following perceptions onthe effects of using malunggayextract in treating minor wounds that they haveexperienced. Majority or 75% of them have observed the following manifestations afterusing the extract: 1. Bleeding stops immediately; 2.The wound does not swell; 3.There isno pain on the wound; 4.Open wounds close and heal easily; 5. There are no infections orcomplications.