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Lagundi Leaves: Why It's An Effective Remedy for Cough & Sore Throat

Are you starting to get that itchy feeling in your throat? Or need something for your constant coughing? Try this over-the-counter treatment made from a local plant.

Part of growing up in a Filipino home is knowing some traditional and alternative ways to help manage minor illnesses. Growing up, you may have heard of many home remedies using herbs to soothe aches and pains.

Perhaps you have heard your parents or grandparents talk about a local plant called lagundi. They may have told you about its ability to clear up a cough or cold, as it is very common to get sick during the rainy season. So if you’re looking for a remedy for your cough or sore throat, you may want to consider lagundi as a treatment.

What is Lagundi?

Lagundi (Vitex negundo L.) is also known as the five-leaf chaste tree and can be found in various countries in Asia. A majority of the Philippines use lagundi and other herbal alternatives due to its affordable price and availability.

Traditionally, the lagundi plant was boiled to bring out its’ medicinal properties. Various parts of the plant, such as the leaves, have been used to treat cough, sore throat, and fever. It has also been used to manage the symptoms related to asthma and other respiratory-related illnesses.

How does Lagundi work?

Lagundi is a popular herbal medicine throughout the Philippines. Filipinos have trusted the lagundi plant due to its place in the history of herbal medicine. Currently, there are many lagundi-based over-the-counter medicines developed by Filipino pharmaceutical companies for sale in drugstores.

Cough and Sore Throat

Many people experience mild to moderate illnesses like the common cold or the flu due to weather changes. Symptoms related to these include coughing, shortness of breath, a stuffy or runny nose, and sore throat.

Lagundi’s proven anti-inflammatory properties make it a suitable alternative medicine for mild to moderate respiratory illnesses. It is proven to decrease the frequency of coughs, relieve sore throat, and loosen phlegm, making it easier to expel.


You may also use Lagundi to manage symptoms related to asthma. Though asthma may be a minor inconvenience in some people’s life, for others, it may interfere with their daily activities. For example, many people with asthma experience coughing and wheezing at night, leading to difficulty sleeping.

Lagundi may help those who live with asthma to breathe easier as it lessens frequent coughing. It also helps to alleviate wheezing and shortness of breath.

Get relief with Ascof

Stock up your medicine kit with lagundi medicine from Ascof. Ascof relieves mild to moderate cough due to the common cold, the flu, and acute bronchitis. It can also relieve coughing and wheezing associated with asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Ascof is available as a 300 mg tablet and 300mg/5mL syrup for adults and children 2 years old and above. If your loved ones have a hard time with tablets, try the Ascof syrup in the tasty ponkan and strawberry flavors.

For a higher dose of lagundi, try Ascof Forte in the 600 mg tablet and 600 mg/5mL syrup. The cooling sensation of the menthol syrup can help to soothe the itchy feeling of sore throat.

Perhaps listening to your parents’ and grandparents’ praises for lagundi was worthwhile. After all, the plant is not only a tried and tested home remedy, but it has also become a widely-available and affordable medicine developed by Filipinos for Filipinos.

Now, lagundi is available as over-the-counter medicines that many healthcare professionals recommend to treat asthma and minor respiratory conditions. To get proven relief from cough and sore throat, consider adding reliable medicine made from lagundi, like Ascof tablets and syrups, to your family’s home medicine kit. — (MyPharma)

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