The growing acceptance of medicinal plants these days can be attributed to the disappointment of modern man in most synthetic miracle drugs that have caused unexpected and sometimes terrifying side effects. It is reported that the incidence of complications in drug therapy in the U.S. is about 10% and that approximately 5% of patients admitted to the hospitals suffer not from diseases but from serious drug reactions.
The growing concern over the harmful side-effects of some drugs if improperly taken, have encouraged people to go back to the use of medicinal plants especially in primary health care. As an example, it is now acknowledged that the use of antibiotics for viral infections not only prolongs, but also worsens viral infection.
While before it was considered that a possible secondary infection can be prevented by prophylaxis treatment with antibiotics, this is now considered an obsolete mode of treatment.
While studies indicate that most viral infections are self-limiting, and there is no drugs yet that can scientifically prevent colds or reduce their effect, many people still spend a lot on over-the-counter remedies for cough and colds exposing themselves to the risk of harmful effects.
Fever is now considered not as an illness itself, but as a protective mechanism of the body that also serves as a warning symptom of an infection that needs to be properly treated.
“Lagundi” is effective in lowering fever of viral origin and for coughs and colds. When you have flu, colds, measles, chicken pox, or mumps, all you have to do is to take one stem of this plant and boil it in water. Lagundi is safe and effective as any of the pharmaceutical antipyretic in the market today.
Studies have shown that Lagundi is just as effective as the popular cough syrups in the drug market. Clinical trials have also indicated that it is effective for bronchial asthma. It has anti-histamine and bronchial relaxing as well as mild anti-microbial effects. As early as 1963, it has been discovered that Lagundi has anti-cancer activity since it can control tumor growth in-vitro and in-vivo clinical studies.
Today, there is a growing worldwide interest in medicinal plants and traditional methods of healing. It is mainly because the result of research studies has tremendously influenced a growing reversal of traditional perceptions. It is now the consensus thinking that both the traditional methods of healing including the use of medicinal plants and the modern medicines work well, and their integration leads to better treatment. In China and other countries in Asia, the use of herbs or medicinal plants is common.
Lagundi is a fast growing tree and one stem contains at least 5 leaves. It can be planted anywhere even in the wild since this plant is not a sensitive one. Its leaves can be harvested 3 months after planting and can be used for aromatic bath or sponge bathing for wounds and rheumatism. You can also apply the pounded leaves in your forehead for relief of headaches and fever.
Do you think Lagundi is really a miracle medicinal plant, or a myth?