Taking Lagundi can relieve symptoms of mild COVID-19, the Department of Science and Technology said Thursday as it emphasized the need to follow the right dosage.
Clinical trials by researchers from the University of the Philippines-Manila showed that Lagundi can alleviate symptoms of mild COVID-19 such as cough and loss of smell, DOST Usec. Rowena Guevarra said.
"Base sa research, walang ibang epekto sa katawan ang Lagundi kapag sinunod ang prescribed dosage," Guevarra said in televised briefing.
Adults with mild COVID-19 are suggested to take 600 milligrams of Lagundi--either in capsule or syrup form--three times a day for 10 days according to Guevarra. Lagundi capsules or syrup can be bought at pharmacies.
Last year, the DOST also recommended taking virgin coconut oil since clinical trials show that it can help reduce the symptoms of COVID-19 faster.
The Philippines has been grappling with a renewed surge in COVID-19 infections since the start of the year driven by the more contagious omicron variant.
The surge has prompted households to stock up on common flu medicines prompting the government to put a purchase limit on the said drugs.