Tawa-tawa, anti-dengue and other medicinal benefits
TAWA-TAWA IS good for Dengue. If it does not totally cure the epidemic disease, at least it helps prevent or delay the effects of Dengue, that is, it lowers the platelet count of the patient's blood.
Tawa-tawa, also known as gatas-gatas, is scientifically known as Euphorbia hirta.
Its uses is not only for treating dengue fever. It can also be used to relieve a variety of illnesses.
1. Antibacterial/Antimicrobial. Its plant ethanol extracts are found to inhibit bacterial growth. Also effective against amoeba and fungal infection. Prepare 25 grams plant per two cups water. Boil for three minutes. Take three to five cups a day.
2. Antiasthmatic. The herb is good for asthmatic persons. It breaks up mucus and relaxes spasm. It is combined with bronchial sedatives in inhaler preparation. Keep one teaspoon of leaves per cup of water for ten minutes. Take three to four glasses a day.
3. Antidiuretic. Drinking coffee and alcoholic beverages promotes excretion of body fluids, diuretic effect. Rapid loss of body fluids is also experienced by person suffering from diarrhea or loose bowel movement. Too much dehydration can be fatal.
Gatas-gatas has antidiuretic effect. It contains active extracts of phytochemical tannins and flavonoids that promote water adsorption and electrolyte re-absorption. Preparation is similar to antibacterial.
4. Anthelmintic effect. Tawa-tawa is an effective worm killer and dewormer. Preparation is same as antibacterial.
5. Antihypertensive. It counteracts high blood pressure by inhibiting the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme and increasing urine output and electrolytes. Keep one to three teaspoons of leaves in one cup water for five minutes. Drink two glasses as tonic.
6. Sedative. Helps in treating anxiety. Mode of application is the same as antibacterial.
7. Antidysentery. Dysentery is an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea. Taking in small quantities calm the digestive system but large doses has purgative effect. Keep one teaspoon leaves in one cup water for ten minutes. Take four glasses a day.
8. Antispasmodic. It contains shikinic acid and choline that are responsible for stopping early and late stage allergy. Preparation is similar to antibacterial.
9. Treatment of skin diseases. Good for treatment of sores, boils, warts, fungi and open wounds. Treating open wounds will turn skin to bluish black. Apply fresh latex to sores, boils, warts, fungi and open wounds. Sprinkle dried or fresh powdered leaves as wound dressings.
10. Galactagogue. A breast milk stimulant. Massage fresh latex to breast to increase milk flow. Root decoction maybe taken. Preparation is same as antibacterial.
PRECAUTIONS: Tawa-tawa is indeed effective, but should be taken with caution. Large doses may cause gastrointestinal reaction, nausea and vomiting. Prolonged intake may interfere with iron adsorption. Not recommended for pregnant women.
Procedures in making Tawa-tawa tea for Dengue treatment:
- Take 5 to 6 full whole Tawa-Tawa plant
- Cut of the roots
- Wash thoroughly
- Fill a boiling pot with 1 liiter of clear water
- Boil the Tawa-Tawa for 1 (one) minute in slow rolling boil
- Let the Dengue victim drink only the Tawa-Tawa water for 24 hours
- Slip 1 to 1.5 glasses of Tawa-Tawa water for every hour
Tip: to lessen the bitter taste of Tawa-tawa , add a little brown sugar
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