Tawa-tawa, lagundi vs COVID-19? Philippines mulls traditional herbs in pandemic fight

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2020 11:02 AM | Updated as of Jun 11 2020 12:17 PM

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The Philippines might study the use of traditional herbs tawa-tawa and lagundi to treat patients with the novel coronavirus, the Department of Science and Technology said Thursday, as the world raced to find a cure against the contagion. 

The Food and Drug Administration allows the use of lagundi or chaste tree for cough, and tawa-tawa or asthma plant as a supplement for dengue patients, said DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña. 
 
"Tayo ang nagpi-prepare na rin, baka sakaling i-try natin. Actually, nag-set aside na kami ng pondo para sa tawa-tawa at lagundi," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo. 

(We are preparing, we might try them. We have set aside funds for tawa-tawa and lagundi.) 

Local researchers are also studying the efficacy of virgin coconut oil for severe COVID-19 cases. 

TeleRadyo, June 11, 2020