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PIA Press Release
2009/10/07

Feature: Lagundi tablets, cheaper and safest cough remedy and asthma control

Tacloban City (7 October) -- For mothers who worry about budget for medicines, Lagundi tablets for cough and asthma, are now available from the Department of Health's Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care.

Commonly known in the Visayan dialect as lagundi and in the Ilocos Region as dangla, lagundi has been clinically tested to be effective in the treatment of colds, flu, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and pharyngitis.

The powdered leaves were processed in tablet dosage formulation for ease of administration in the treatment of mild to moderate bronchial cough and asthma in adult patients.

Asthma is a common respiratory ailment afflicting various ages. For 2005, acute lower respiratory tract infection and pneumonia is a leading cause of morbidity with rate of 828 cases per 100,000 population or equivalent to 690,566 cases. This is followed by bronchitis / broncholitis with a rate of 739 or equivalent to 616,041 cases.

As an expectorant, Lagundi competes with popular drugs such as Ventolin®, which is a consistent top selling product in the total market since 1993. In 2002, Ventolin® registered sales is up to PhP1.2 billion [PHAP 2002]. The emergence of Ventolin® as top selling drug among all drugs available in the market suggests the increasing incidence of asthma cases in the country.

Studies have shown that Lagundi can prevent the body's production of leukotrienes, which are released during an asthma attack. Lagundi contains Chrysoplenol D, a substance with anti-histamine and muscle relaxant properties. Even in Japan, lagundi is becoming recognized as an effective herbal medicine, especially since researches have shown that it contains properties that make it an expectorant and it has been reported to function as a tonic as well.

More than that, most of the parts of the lagundi plant are associated with medicinal value. The roots of this shrub are also used as treatment for rheumatism, dyspepsia, boils, and leprosy. The leaves, flowers, seeds, and root of Lagundi can all be used as herbal medicine. A decoction is made by boiling the parts of the plant and taken orally.

A decoction (boiling in water) of the roots and leaves of Lagundi are applied to wounds, and used as aromatic baths for skin diseases. Boiled seeds are eaten in order to prevent the spreading of toxins and venom from bites of poisonous animals. Juice extracted from the flowers of lagundi is taken in as an aid for disorders like fever, diarrhea, liver disorders, and even cholera. While a decoction of the plant leaves is suggested to be taken by individuals to help increase the flow and production of milk, as well as to induce menstruation.

Today, Lagundi is available in capsule form and syrup for cough. For its part, the flowers are recommended as a cardiac tonic, as cure for liver diseases, and other internal disorders such as diarrhea and cholera. The lagundi plant also has anti-inflammatory functions, and its cooling effects are ideal as treatment for skin diseases such as leprosy. (PIA 8) [top]

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