Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lagundi - English

 
Kung gusto po ninyong mabasa sa Pilipino (Tagalog) Pumindot lamang po dito!


          Lagundi (Shrub or five-leaved chaste tree) with a scientific name Vitex Negundo is one of the 10 herbal alternatives endorsed by the DOH (Department of Health) of the Philippines. It is know to be a common herbal medicine shrub grown wild in the Philippines. Research and studies shows that Lagundi has chrysoplenol D, smooth muscle relaxant with anti-histamine properties. It also contains isoorientin, casticin, luteolin-7-0-glucoside, among other things which exhibit an anti-histamine effect. Lagundi also shows leukotriene release inhibition, an important mechanism in controlling asthma. The leaves, root, flowers, and seeds of lagundi all appear to have medicinal value.

          Lagundi also appears to have some usefulness as an analgesic, being compared to drugs like aspirin in research and study that show to be helpful in the treatment of things like pain after dental extraction.

Use as herbal remedy for:

Leaves
     Asthma
     Coughs
     Fever
     Flu

Flowers
     Diarrhea
     Cholera
     Fever
     Diseases of the liver
     Also recommended as a cardiac tonic

Seeds
     Inflammation of the mouth
     Skin diseases
     Leprosy

Roots
     Dyspepsia
     Rheumatism
     Worms
     Colic
     Boil

How to prepare:

Decoction:

Wash the leaves thoroughly and chop into pieces.
Measure 2 glasses of water, and 1 glass of freshly chopped leaves.
Boil under low fire for 15 minutes without cover.
Set aside to cool and strain.

Cough and asthma - 1/3 glass 3x a day;

Fever - 1/3 glass every 4 hours

Flowers, seeds and roots. Boil as with the leaves.

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