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Gov’t pushes native plants vs COVID

Pat C. Santos



The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) endorsed the use of indigenous ingredients like virgin coconut oil, tawa-tawa, and lagundi as medicine for coronavirus disease 2019 virus.

This was disclosed by DoST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena during the “Balitaan sa Maynila” media at Tinapayan bakery in Dapitan Street on Sunday saying the three locally-produced herbal formula had passed the Food and Drug Association’s (FDA) early stages of testing and yielded positive effects on some ailments that can be helpful in countering infections in many stages.

Local plants show promise
De la Peña cited as an example, the Lagundi plant which FDA tests indicated is effective against coughing, while virgin coconut oil had many properties that help cure many ailments because of chemical properties that can kill harmful pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi,while the tawa-tawa plant was found helpful in combating malaria and dengue.

It was learned from De la Peña that 100 human trials have been undertaken during tests conducted at the Quezon Institute temporary quarantine area, Philippine National Police quarantine and in UP Diliman quarantine facilities.