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Lagundi Tea for stronger Lungs and Liver!

Lagundi or Vitex negundo is a large shrub native to the Philippines that has been used as a traditional herbal medicine for centuries. It is commonly found in tropical, subtropical and also warm temperate regions throughout the world, especially in the Philippines. 

Research on lagundi conducted by the Philippine Department of Health has suggested that the plant has a number of practical uses. Outside of the Philippines, preparations of lagundi are sometimes available at stores that supply herbal medicines, or through practitioners of herbal and alternative medicine.

 

Leaves, root, flowers and seeds: All medicinal

This plant is native to the swamps of the Philippines, where it can sometimes grow quite tall. The plant has a single thick, woody stem like a trunk, and has five pointed leaves that splay out like the fingers of a hand. The leaves, root, flowers, and seeds of lagundi all appear to have medicinal values.

 

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The use of the five-leaved chaste tree for medicinal purposes has been known for a long time in China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and other Asian countries. Today, pharmaceutical companies in Japan are importing wild vitex negundo from the Philippines.

 

The root is reported to be a tonic, febrifuge, and an expectorant. The root is also used to treat a great variety of diseases: dyspepsia, colic, rheumatism, worms, boils, and leprosy. The flowers are used in to prevent diarrhea, cholera, fever, and diseases of the liver, and are also recommended as a cardiac tonic. The seeds make a cooling medicine for skin diseases like leprosy, and for inflammation of the mouth. The leaves are used as a tea for conditions like coughs and asthma.

Preparations of lagundi have been used for a wide variety of complaints traditionally, although scientific research has concentrated on its use for respiratory complaints.

 

Especially good for Respiratory Problems

Lagundi is generally accepted in the Philippines to be useful for coughs, asthma symptoms, and other respiratory problems, and the Philippine government actively promotes it as an alternative to Western cough medicines. Some doctors also prescribe lagundi to assist in the treatment of asthma, as regular doses appear to reduce the strength of asthma attacks.

As an analgesic, lagundi also appears to have some efficacy. It has been compared to drugs like aspirin in trials, which show that lagundi may be useful in the treatment of things like pain after dental extractions. Some people like to take lagundi before going in for extractions, in an attempt to pre-empt the associated pain and discomfort.

 

At home, people make lagundi teas from the leaves, often producing a large amount and bottling the excess to use later. Commercially, lagundi can be purchased in the form of syrup or capsules to make it easier to handle. It is also blended in with cough medicines and other herbal remedies. As with other herbal medicines, lagundi should not be taken without consulting a doctor, as it may potentially conflict with other medications or it may be contraindicated for a particular condition. If your doctor is resistant to herbal treatments, you may want to seek out a practitioner who supports complementary medicine so that you can get sound advice about whether or not lagundi is safe for you.

 

Gourmet Farms is proud to offer Lagundi tea in our stores that are available for purchase. Try some today!

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