Friday, November 21, 2008

Lagundi Tea : Lagundi or Vitex negundo herbal

Lagundi Tea is an herbal tea that can be good in health especially if you have fever, cold, flu or it can be good in a cough or any viruses. The Lagundi Tea are made of the indigenous people in southern part of Philippines. This part of their livelihood program. As a Fair Trade Organization we need to help small and medium enterprise organizations.

Lagundi or Vitex negundo is a large shrub native to the Philippines which 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, and the use of lagundi is actively promoted by the government as a result. Outside of the Philippines, preparations of lagundi are sometimes available at stores which supply herbal medicines, or through practitioners of herbal and alternative medicine.

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

The use of 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 Philippines. The root is reported to be tonic, febrifuge, and expectorant. The root is also used in a great variety of diseases: dyspepsia, colic, rheumatism, worms, boils, and leprosy. The flowers are used in 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 and 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. 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.

Lagundi is prepared by boiling it, steeping it, and then straining it. 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.

Case Histories in Clients who use Lagundi:

The woman who stopped breathing
Margaret was shopping with her husband at a Mall and suddenly a woman wearing heavy perfume walked by. The perfume caused an acute asthma attack and at that time, Margaret had no enzymes with her. Her husband quickly opened up one cap of Lagundi, added it to water and gave it to his wife. She swished it around in her mouth and then swallowed it. In just three minutes, Margaret could breathe. He gave her a second cap. In ten minutes she could walk. She has not been to the emergency room since Lagundi.

The woman who had a bad day
A friend of Margaret came to visit with her three inhalers. A life-long asthmatic, she was having a bad day and could hardly breathe. Margaret quickly gave her two caps of Lagundi. Within five minutes, her friend was breathing more steadily. Within 15 minutes, she had stopped wheezing.

The woman who had a sudden and unexpected attack
I had an acute asthma attack. I took 4 caps of Lagundi and within 10 minutes, I was breathing normally. This stuff is great. KN, Worcester, MA

The client who couldn’t breathe or smell
I have asthma and sinusitis. My results with Lagundi were positive. It saved my life. I do not have to use antibiotics or prednisone anymore. AB, Redwood City, California

The woman who had major sinusitis

I really think Lagundi has made a major difference in my overall sinusitis, congestion and general shortness of breath. In addition, my therapist’s work indicated that Lagundi was supplying me with minerals my body needed, for support of the immune system and for the body generally. I believe the Lagundi also mitigated the effects of a bad cold I got, just as I started using Lagundi. Using Lagundi twice daily seems to be enough now. If I take too much, I get slightly nauseous. I love the stuff and I hope others have the positive results that I have had. Bless you all and thank you. I am beginning to feel healthy for the first time in many years. PH, Sebastopol, CA

The man who got the flu
I have a friend whom I visited. When I arrived, he was flat on his back, feeling very sick, with a high fever and sore throat. I gave him 3 Lagundi. Within one hour, the fever was gone and he got up and fixed dinner for me. After dinner, I gave him 3 more Lagundi. He continued Lagundi for two more days and the flu never took hold. SM, Cottage Grove, OR

The woman who prevented getting the flu

I woke up one morning with a sore throat feeling like I was coming down with the flu. I didn’t want to miss school so I took 3 Lagundi plus SvG (for a sore throat) plus my regular enzymes, which include Kdy, TRMA, as well as Citricidal. I also took come Colostrum Caps. I took these supplements 3 times daily. Never once did I have to lie down and I didn’t miss any school. VF, Eugene, OR

Thank natural to make herbals for good life!