Euphorbia hirta also called Asthma weed or Tawa Tawa plant.
There are many other species of Euphorbia which are used in traditional medicines.
Euphorbia hirta is a common medicinal plant which is used in India, Philippines, Australia, Mexico and some parts of Africa for the treatment of diseases. The whole plant of herb is used to prepare a decoction or tea. This preparation is useful in the treatment of various diseases.
Recipe of of Tawa-tawa tea
Euphorbia hirta plant (15-30 gm), Water (1000 ml)
Take Fresh whole plants of Euphorbia hirta.
Soak fresh plants in water for 2 minutes and then rinse with tap water to clean soil and dirt.
Add in boiling water and cook for ten minutes.
Leave and let it stand for 20 minutes. Filter using a strainer.
The Dosage of euphorbia tea
Drink in small amounts throughout the day.
Take this decoction for one week.
Health benefits of euphorbia tea
Asthma, respiratory problems, respiratory tract inflammation
Gastrointestinal disorders, Diarrhoea
Diabetes, Dengue fever
This can be used in the form of oral rinse to treat mouth blisters or oral thrush
Consume this tea in moderate amounts only for one week.
All species of Euphorbia are known to exude a milky juice when broken, which is more or less poisonous and used as an ingredient in arrow poisons. E. hirta possesses antibacterial, anthelmintic, antiasthmatic, sedative, antispasmodic, antifertility, antifungal, and antimalarial properties.
It has been established that aqueous extract exhibits anxiolytic, analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory activities. The stem sap is used in the treatment of eyelid styes and a leaf poultice is used on swelling and boils.
Extracts of E. hirta have also been found to show anticancer activity. The aqueous extract of the herb strongly reduced the release of prostaglandins I2,E2, and, D2
The aqueous extract also inhibits aflatoxin contamination in rice, wheat, maize, and mustard crops.
Methanolic extract of leaves have antifungal and antibacterial activities.
The leaves pounded with turmeric and coconut oil are warmed and rubbed on itchy soles. The latex of E. hirta is applied on lower eyelids, like surma to cure eye sores. The root exudate exhibits nematicidal activity against juveniles of meloidogyne incognita.
Decoction of dry herbs is used for skin diseases. Decoction of fresh herbs is used as gargle for the treatment of thrush.
Root decoction is also beneficial for nursing mothers deficient in milk. Roots are also used for snake bites. The polyphenolic extract of E. hirta has antiamoebic and antispasmodic activity.
Quercitrin, a flavanoid glycoside, isolated from the herb showed an antidiarrheal activity. It is reported to have a relaxation effect on respiration.
The alcoholic extract of whole plant shows hypoglycemic activity in rats. It has a sedative effect on the genitor-urinary tract.
Remember to let your food be your medicine and your medicine to be food as advised by Hippocrates the father of medicine.
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