A cough is an ordinary reflex action that clears the throat of foreign irritants or mucus. While the occasional cough is fairly number, incessant coughing is not, and it is often caused by a number of circumstances. Lagundi has been used since our ancestors were alive to treat coughs. So what is it? Keep reading to learn more!
What is Lagundi?
Lagundi is a shrub or branched tree that grows up to 5 meters high. It has a single thick, wood-like stem of a trunk and is commonly found in the swamps of India and the Philippines. Lagundi leaves have 5 points which branch out like fingers. The herb is one of ten herbal medicines certified by the Philippine Department of Health, most commonly used to treat colds.
Its restorative properties are versatile and plentiful, transforming the way in which we treat colds, asthma, the flu and more. Although it is generally used to battle respiratory problems, the Lagundi plant can do so much more. For instance, it can be used as a remedy for pharyngitis and asthma, but it can also lessen the discomfort of diarrhea and boils, reduce the signs of chicken pox and relieve worms.
More Facts about Lagundi
The Department of Health has acknowledged the efficacy of this herb for respiratory conditions like the flu, asthma, cold, pharyngitis and coughing. It helps unbind and discharge phlegm. The DOG promotes lagundi as a natural alternative to western medicine, recommending a tea or herbal mixture for consumption.
- If you have a cough, drink 1 cup of the tea 3 times a day.
- If you are experiencing delirium, drink a cup every 3 hours.
- Those suffering from asthma should boil 6 tablespoons of fresh leaves or 4 tablespoons of dried leaves into 2 cups of water for fifteen minutes. Filter the liquid and drink 1/3 cup of this broth 3 times every day for 1 week.
Lagundi has analgesic and antimicrobial characteristics, and its compound of muscle relaxants, chrysophanol D and anti-histamine properties can relieve respiratory issues. For example, it prevents the build-up of leukotrienes, chemicals that cause inflammation during an asthma attack.
In addition to the above remedies, you can get lagundi capsules, syrup and tablets from the market. The following dosages are recommended:
- Babies: one tablespoon three times a day
- Ages 2-6: two tablespoons three times a day
- Ages 7-12: 1/4 cup three times a day
- Adults: half a cup three times a day
Other Benefits of Lagundi
- Removes boils and worms
- Cures discomfort from diarrhea, dyspepsia, rheumatism and boils
- Lessens the signs of chicken pox
- Helps with asthma and eases pharyngitis
- Acts as an antidote for the flu, colds, broncho-pulmonary ailments and cough
Today, lagundi is commercial manufactured and sold in capsule and syrup form, often mixed with other cough medications or herbs. It is safe for children and has no recorded adverse reactions, although you should always consume anything in moderation. If you symptoms persist for more than a week, consult your doctor.
Other Traditional Treatments with Lagundi
- The flower of the plant is used to cure cholera, diarrhea and some liver complications.
- Its seeds are cooked and eaten to protect against the toxins caused by insect and animal bites.
- The leaves are boiled into a broth that is used for ulcers, wounds, flatulence and gastric colic. The broth can also be bathed in to ease menstruation pains.
- The sap from smashed lagundi leaves is used to treat coughs and soothe throats.
- The roots and leaves have cough suppressing and diuretic properties.
When it preparing these herbs, make sure you have the five-leaf type of Lagundi, as there are many. It’s best to treat yourself with natural medicine than chemicals, that’s for sure!