What is the Lagundi?

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Lagundi is a common medicinal shrub grown in the Philippines, and also grows wild in many places like Mt. Banahaw. The scientific name of lagundi is ‘Vitex negundo’. The use of Lagundi for medicinal purposes has a long history in the Philippines and is used for centuries. The Philippine Department of Health has certified Lagundi as a medicinal plant for treatment in cases of colds, flu, pharyngitis, and asthma. It is included in 10 herbal medicines made by phillipines Health department as an effective herbal medicine. Lagundi is also known for its analgesic effect that helps lessen pain and distress. At present, pharmaceutical companies sell it in tablet form at drug stores. A new cough syrup for children made from Lagundi is also on the market nowadays. These products are approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs. The Philippine government actively promotes it as an alternative to Western cough medicines.

 

What kind of plant is Lagundi ?

  •  Generally, the lagundi plant grows in muddy places and is distinguished by one large stem, which is quite woody.
  •  Lagundi plant can grow up to five meters tall.
  •  It has a single thick, woody stem like a trunk.
  •  The plant itself can grow tall and has leaves that are similar to palm leaves.
  •  Lagundi leaves are 4-10 cm long, slightly hairy beneath.
  •  The lagundi flowers are blue to lavender in color, 6-7 mm long bearing fruit globose of about 4mm in diameter that turns black when ripe,
  •  It can be portrayed as a cross between a shrub and a tree with a single woody stem (trunk).
  •  One of Lagundi's distinguishing features is the leaves appear palmately, in the form of five pointed leaves which appears like the fingers of a hand.
  •  Lagundi is widely distributed in the Philippines in thickets and waste places.
  •  It is a perennial plant and flowers year round.
  •  It is best propagated by the use of mature, leafless stem cuttings.

 

What are the  medicinal properties of Lagundi plant?

The leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds of the lagundi plant can be used in herbal medicine.

  •  Plant is considered anti-inflammatory, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, alterant, depurative, rejuvinating, stomachic.
  •  Roots are considered as tonic, febrifuge, antirheumatic, diuretic and expectorant.
  •  Leaves are considered aromatic, bitter, anti-inflammatory, bronchial smooth muscle relaxant, vermifuge.
  •  Flowers are astringent, carminative, hepato-protective, digestive, vermifuge and febrifuge.
  •  The seeds make a cooling medicine for skin diseases and leprosy, and for inflammation of the mouth.

 

What are the  uses of Lagundi in medical field?

Several medicinal benefits that are obtained from the use of Lagundi are as follows:

  •  Usually known as ‘dangla’ in the Ilocos region, lagundi has been scientifically tested to be effectual in the treatment of colds, flu, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, and pharyngitis.
  •  Studies have shown that Lagundi can prevent the body's production of leukotrienes, which are released during an asthma attack. A few doctors also prescribe lagundi to help in the treatment of asthma, as regular doses appear to reduce the strength of asthma attacks.
  •  Lagundi is recommended relief of rheumatism, dyspepsia, boils, diarrhea
  •  It is used in the treatment of cough, colds, fever and flu and other bronchopulmonary disorders
  •  Lagundi alleviates symptoms of Chicken Pox
  •  It removes of worms, and boils.
  •  Lagundi contains Chrysoplenol D, a substance with anti-histamine and muscle relaxant properties.
  •  All the parts of Lagundi plant can be used as herbal medicine. The flowers of lagundi plant are recommended as a cardiac tonic, as cure for liver diseases, and other internal disorders such as diarrhea and cholera. The roots of this shrub are also used as treatment for rheumatism, dyspepsia, boils, and leprosy.
  •  The lagundi plant also has anti-inflammatory functions, and its cooling effects are ideal as treatment for skin diseases such as leprosy.
  •  Lagundi is used to treat dysentery, headache, sprain, confusions, insect bites, Aromatic bath for sick patients, cold, body aches, etc
  •  Lagundi has been compared to drugs like aspirin in trials which exhibit that lagundi may be useful to treat You do not have access to view this node after dental extractions. Some people like to take lagundi before going in for extractions, in an attempt to forestall the related You do not have access to view this node and uneasiness.

 

What are the different ways in which Lagundi can be taken?

  •  A tea is made by boiling the parts of the plant and taken orally.
  •  Nowadays, commercially Lagundi is available in capsule form and syrup for cough.
  •  Lagundi can also be mixed together with cough medicines and other herbal remedies.
  •  Lagundi tablets (300 mg) are available from the Department of Health's Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC).

 

What is the recipe for Lagundi tea?

Lagundi tea can be made by boiling, steeping, and then straining different parts of lagundi plants, such as leaves, roots, flowers and seeds. The steps to prepare a lagundi concoction are:

  •  First, wash fresh or dried Lagundi leaves
  •  Then, chop up the leaves and add in 4 cups of water for every 1 cup of lagundi parts.
  •  Let it boil for 10 to 15 minutes
  •  Let it steep then strain different parts.
  •  Drink half cup of Lagundi three times a day.
  •  Lagundi concoction can be stored in appropriate blass container for later use.

 

What precautions should one take before using Lagundi?

Similar to other herbal medicines, lagundi should not be taken without consulting a doctor, as it may seriously interact with other medications or it may be contraindicated for a specific condition. If the doctor is resistant to herbal treatments, one may want to search out a practitioner who supports balancing medicine so that one can get good advice about whether or not lagundi is safe for that person .

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