English name: 5- leaved chaste tree
Local name: Dangla, Lagundi
Is a shrub that is perennially growing in the Philippines. Since ancient times Lagundi, has been used as an effective remedy for colds, flu, asthma, chronic bronchitis and even pharyngitis. Studies found that this shrub contains extracts which can prevent the body’s production of leukotrienes- a chemical reaction that’s released from the body during an asthma attack. It also has Chrysoplenol D which has anti-histamine and muscle relaxant properties.
The roots of the Lagundi on the other hand are used to treat rheumatism, dyspepsia, boils and even leprosy. The upper parts as leaves, flowers, seeds can be boiled and taken orally.
Commercially today, Lagundi is now available in capsule and syrup form while its flowers are recommended as tonic for the heart, liver and for other internal disorders as diarrhea and cholera.
This perineal plant has anti- inflammatory properties which make it an ideal treatment for leprosy and other skin diseases.
Boiling a cup of fresh or dried leaves and drinking the concoction.
Rub on / apply directly the decoction to relieve skin disorders.