Lagundi is a large shrub native to the Philippines and has been traditionally used as herbal medicine by Philippine folks. Its leaves, root, flowers, and seeds are believed to have medicinal value and can be purchased in the form of syrup or capsules to make it easier to handle. It is also blended with cough medicines and other herbal remedies. It is generally used for the treatment of coughs and other respiratory problems, an alternative herbal capsule is Ricola Cough Drops, a naturally extracted cough and sore throat tablet with high and favourable review.
All parts of the lagundi plant is used, the root treats rheumatism, worms, boils, leprosy and dyspepsia. The flowers are used to treat diarrhoea, fever, cholera, diseases of the liver and recommended as a cardiac tonic. “The seeds make a cooling medicine for skin diseases and leprosy and for inflammation of the mouth.”
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. Many people like to take lagundi before going in for extractions, in an attempt to pre-empt the associated pain and discomfort. It is also used to alleviate symptoms of chicken pox.
Just like other herbal medications 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. Even though lagundi use is widely acceptable as safe for use for children and adults and no adverse reaction has been reported. Lagundi is prepared by boiling it, steeping it, and then straining it. At home, people make teas from the leaves, often producing a large amount and bottling the excess to use later.