Medicinal herbs have been the Filipino’s inexpensive treatments for a variety of illnesses. One of these medicinal herbs is the Lagundi.
Lagundi (Vitex negundo) is a famous herbal medicine in the Philippines because it has been widely used as a cure for coughs, not only for children but also for adults.
Lagundi contains anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and analgesic property that are helpful in treating respiratory illnesses.
Lagundi was recognized for its wide variety of healthy benefits. In fact, The Philippine Department of Health has included this herb in its list of 10 medicinal plants with clinically proven medicinal values.
In the Philippines, the best way to use this herb is to have it in the form of an herbal tea or concoction. Though lagundi has not been found to cause any side effects still, people should make sure to consult a medical professional before using the herbal medicine.
Here are some of the remarkable health benefits of Lagundi.
Lagundi contains an antihistamine and a muscle-relaxing substance called Chrysoplenol D, which makes the herb useful in treating the fever, asthma, colds, and coughs.
The reason why The Philippine DOH has recognized this herb it is because it is useful in treating complaints like a cough and flu.
In fact, the Philippine government is promoting this herb as a natural alternative to the western cough medicines.
Research has been found that Lagundi has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and analgesic properties.
The herb is also an effective pain reliever due to its analgesic properties and has been compared to drugs like aspirin. Meaning, the herb can be taken for a headache as well.
Just like other medications, though Lagundi use is widely acceptable as safe, this herb 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.