'DOST looking into anti-viral properties of lagundi, tawa-tawa'

'DOST looking into anti-viral properties of lagundi, tawa-tawa'

Did it occurred to you that we might have the  cure for the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19?
A few years back prior to the introduction of the scandalous Dengvaxia vaccine which was touted to be the miracle answer against Dengue, Filipinos in the provinces have been using the lowly tawa-tawa as curing the mosquito borne disease.

As for cough, our lolo and lola’s have been using lagundi as a remedy, which evidently led for local pharmaceutical companies producing it in a commercial scale.
Tawa-tawa (L) and Lagundi (R)
(photo credit to owner)

And now comes the COVID-19 pandemic, earlier reports that the country has already started studying/testing the virgin coconut oil as a possible cure for the coronavirus.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will start funding the research and development for the recognition and approval of lagundi and tawa-tawa as potential treatments for the coronavirus disease, this according to DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña.
In an interview with “The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One New llast week the DOST Secretary said they will not limit the R&D as regards to VCO, because “all three have already shown antiviral properties.”

The DOST Secretary pointed out that studies have also been conducted on the antiviral properties of lagundi and tawa-tawa, which yielded promising results.
“In the case of… lagundi and tawa-tawa, each of these has gone through first stages of clinical trials but for different diseases, like lagundi is really for the respiratory ailments, ubo (cough) and tawa- tawa has been tried for dengue,” Dela Peña said.

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