Monday, July 12, 2010

ASCOF literally means asthma and cough is made from 100% organically grown Lagundi leaves.

I've been seeing quite a few billboards of ASCOF along Edsa, SLEX and National Highway of Calamba, Laguna. My sister has a stock of this phytomedicine in syrup form in case my nephews need it. I haven't tried it but I sure will consider using it in case I get the "sore". After all, "ASCOF has the distinction of being an all-natural product, 100% organically nurtured in a quality certified farm untainted by synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, says Jericho Bayona, Pascual Laboratories' Senior Brand Manager for Phytomedicines. "It's safe, has no side-effects and no risk of overdose". Lagundi is known to our elders as an effective herbal medicine, mainly used to treat bronchopulmonary disorders and other ailments. I even checked it out at the popular drugstore in the metro and it is available in tablet, capsule and in syrup (Ponkan, Strawberry and Menthol) form. How convenient is that!

For some who are not familiar with what a Lagundi (Vitex negundo) is, it is a bush to a small tree that belongs to the family VERBENACEAE. It is also known as the 5-leaved Chaste tree, obviously because of the five-lobed leaf structure and because according to Wikipedia the Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) a.k.a Monk's Pepper was originally used by monks as anti-libido or anaphrodisiac in order to remain chaste.

Lagundi is endorsed by the Philippine Department of Health as one of the ten effective herbal medicines that has proven therapeutic value. It grows in thickets and waste places and is very common in the Philippines.

sources: and Philippine Medicinal Plants.


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