#15 Health Benefits of Lagundi (Vitex negundo)


Lagundi or Vitex negundo is a famous shrub that grows in the Philippines. It is one of the ten herbs approved by the Department of Health and is an effective herb that has proven its therapeutic value. Extracts from its leaves and roots are believed to be beneficial for health.


Health Benefits:

The roots, fruits, flowers, leaves, and bark of the chaste tree have great medicinal value and can be used for external and internal use. For external use, Pure Tree Soup is used in steam baths to treat arthritis, joint pain, and sciatica. In particular, the chaste tree is very effective in relieving low back pain. The dried leaves are said to relieve mucositis and headaches.

  1. It is used to prevent and treat worm infestation

  2. It treats skin diseases such as eczema, ringworm, etc.

  3. Treats stomach problems such as colic, spasms, and indigestion

  4. Lagundi tea is taken to relieve anxiety and to promote relaxation

  5. The old folks would also burn Vitex negundo leaves and the smoke is believed to drive away insects, particularly mosquitoes.

  6. It used to stop cough and colds.

The medicinal uses of Lagundi include relieving cough, relieving asthma, reducing phlegm, and reducing fever caused by colds or flu. It is also an analgesic for headaches and toothaches.


Alternative cure recipes and directions:

#1 Decoction and Tea

Boiled some Lagundi leaves (dried or fresh) in a 2-glass of water for at least 15 minutes. To stop coughing, drink ½ glass of boiled Lagundi three times a day. In addition, drink at least eight glasses of water a day to further help loosen phlegm. For fever, take ½ glass of decoction every three hours, or as needed. This recipe can also cure LBM, arthritis, and toothache.


#2 Topical paste

Used as anti-inflammation and analgesia in cases of rheumatism, arthritis, muscle pains, headache, and fever. The paste is prepared by pounding Lagundi leaves and heating to warm then apply to the affected area until the condition improves. To relieve headache, heat enough fresh Lagundi leaves over a fire until slightly wilted. Then crush the leaves and apply them to the forehead and temples. Bandage the leaves in place. Change the dressing every four hours when needed.


According to Medical Health Guide, the use of Lagundi is widely accepted because it is safe for children and adults, and there are no reports of adverse reactions. However, it is recommended that pregnant women use it in moderation and the course of treatment should not exceed 1 week. Also, if symptoms persist and irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult your doctor.


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