Tawa-Tawa contains active ingredients that may help dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) patients – study.
TAWA-TAWA or “gatas-gatas” with the outbreak of Den-gue, this herb has became so popular in the Philippines as probably the best cure for this “malaise”.
Another names for this plant beside Tawa Tawa and Gatas gatas: asthma Weed, Snake Weed, Euphorbia hirta Linn, Soro soro. There’s actually lot of other names but those are the most common that people use.
Tawa tawa, also known as Ga-tas gatas, is a traditional herbs that many people believe to have the ability to smooth up dengue fever. Euphorbia is the largest genus of the family Euphorbiaceae with around 1600 species. All species of euphorbia exude a milky juice when broken, and Euphorbia hir-ta’s local name “gatas-gatas” derives.
This plant is wilding plant that generally live in an open grass field, side road, and any other wilding spots around us. Tawa tawa has a hairy stems with a lot of branch-es and leaves with 40 cm tall. The color of its leaves and entire plant are green and sometimes purple. And the uniqueness showed in tiny capsules-like parts in the middle of every fork of two leaves.
Euphorbia hirta (Tawa Tawa) is also called Gatas gatas because of the healing properties of its milky juice. It contains triterpenes, phytosterols, tannins, polyphenols, and flavonoids. This herb has gained widespreads attention because of its ability to help patients recover from dengue. Folk wisdom regard it as a hemostatic, which may help explain why blood platelets increase after ingestion of a boiled decoction of the plant.
Entire plant can be used as a source of beneficial function for our healthiness. As we all know, the most famous disease that can cured by this plant is dengue fe-ver. But, it doesn’t stop right there. Tawa tawa turns out to have so many health benefits for us!
☆ Health Benefits of Tawa tawa Plant:
● Help us with our Dengue Fever
Tawa tawa Tea works for treating Dengue Fever. But it should not be used for more than 24 hours or up to 2 or 3 days in the beginning stages of Dengue Fever. More of the consumption steps from the freshly picked herbs.
● Relaxing Agent
Tawa tawa Tea helps to reduce anxiety and stress feeling. To cure stress or depression mood, you can boil up to 50 grams tawa tawa leaves in 4 cups water. Thus boil it for 3 or 4 minutes till it’s done, then drinking 3 to 5 cups a day. A warmth from the water that we use for boiling could add up relaxing feeling when we drink it while it’s warm.
● Lower Blood Pressure
Tawa tawa Tea, have the natural sources of lower blood pressure. Which is by being a anti-diuretic agent containing a angio-tensin enzyme that decreases urine output.
● Fix Asthma and Bronchitis
Asthma and Bronchitis are both respiratory tract disease that make the patient difficult to breathe normally. Asthma makes your respiratory on air way tighten up. While bronchitis is an inflammatory problems in lungs or bronchus because of virus. Tawa tawa Tea work to cure asthma and bronchitis. It works as a bronchodilator to make the patients breath well.
Tawa tawa tea is great for health, can be alternative drink for those who is addicted to coffee or those who is drinking to much alcohol. Tawa Tawa Leaf Tea will help you preventing dehydration as tawa Tawa Tea leaf contains compound that absorbs electrolytes and water in the body system.
● Increases Platelet Production
One study in Philippine stated that Tawa Tawa leaf contains 194% increase in platelets production. Preparation: prepare 1 tsp of dried leaves in one cup of hot water for 10 minutes and drink 2 to 3 times a day.
● Help End Diarrhea
Diarrhea is a really hassle kind of disease that may occur because of consuming contaminated foods. The food get contaminated by virus, bacteria, or parasites that would then make you defecate way too often. You can’t stop going to the bathroom to defecate. But don’t worry, an alternative herbs to consume. Study investigated the antidiarrheal activity of Euphorbia hirta extract. An active flavonoid constituent, quercitin, was isolated and showed anti-diarrheic activity. Decoction of the root used to allay vomiting, chronic diarrhea, and fevers.
● Help with Skin Boil and Wounds
Tawa tawa leaf have the sources to treat wounds, wart, and fungi. Further, Tawa Tawa leaf can treat boils, rashes, and open wounds too. Preparation: apply dried or fresh powder of Tawa Tawa leaves as wound aids.
● Help with Snake Bite
Tawa Tawa crushed plants can help our body to stop bleeding. Cover your snake bites area with crushed tawa tawa plants and its watery produced when crushing, whithin a few days, your snake bite area condition will improve better.
● Keep away from Microorganism with a negative Effects
Tawa Tawa leaf acts as antibacterial, antifungal, and anti ameba. As one of the health benefits of tawa tawa leaf inhibits infections that common uses for athletes foot. Preparation: boil 50 grams fresh leaves in four cups water, drink 3 – 5 cups a day.
● Oral Ulcers
Tawa tawa Tea used as a gargle heals oral ulcers because it kills bacteria that might cause you another mouth diseases.
☆ The entire plant are useful. In different location, people generally use this plant for a different purposes.
● Australia and elsewhere, used for asthma and pectoral complains.
● Brazil, decoction used for gonorrhea and asthma.
● Africa and Australia, used to treat hypertension and edema.
● India, used for threatment of syphilis; sap applied to warts. Also for affections of children, especially bowel and chest complaints. The milky juice is dropped into eyes for conjunctivitis and corneal ulcerations.
● Gold Coast, ground and mixed with water and used as an enema and constipation.
● La Reunion, used as astringent in chronic diarrheas and dysentery.
~ The use of tawa tawa is contraindicated in patients with infectious or inflammatory gastro-intestinal conditions. It has been reported that it can irritate the git.
~ Studies conducted to date have reported conflicting results with regard to the mutagenic, carcinogenic and tumor-promoting activities of tawa tawa.
~ Not recommended during pregnancy and lactation because it can cause unexpected muscles contration.