The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently shared results of recently concluded clinical trials for lagundi as well as tawa-tawa.
According to DOST Undersecretary Rowena Guevarra, symptoms of mild COVID-19 cases could be a possible adjunct treatment.
While they’re both local herbs, lagundi is an herbal medicine while tawa-tawa is an herbal supplement.
Asked about people who self-medicate making use of lagundi and tawa-tawa, Guevarra said “there’s no harm expected” from them.
According to Gueverra, the initial conclusion of the study team is that lagundi can ease mild symptoms of COVID-19 cases.
“The team proved that using lagundi helped to lessen symptoms, “ she said in Tagalog, “especially the lack of smell, and it provides overall relief.”
On the other hand, tawa-tawa trial had good results from respondents whose cases were mild to moderate. Tawa-tawa is also a local herb. During the trial, it was given as a food supplement.
Chills, cough, body aches, and fevers were amongst the symptoms that disappeared thanks to tawa-tawa.
“Of the 172 random COVID-19 positive respondents who took two tawa-tawa 1,950mg capsules three times a day for 10 days,” Guevarra said, “their symptoms disappeared within three to five days.”