December 11, 2013

Herbal Plants: Tawa-tawa (Asthma Weed)

When we heard of tawa-tawa, we often associate this plant to the deadly dengue carried by mosquitoes. However, studies showed that it really helps treating the said disease but not directly fighting the virus. Instead, it helps in promoting cell production and reduce platelet destruction.
Tawa-tawa (Euphorbia hirta), others called this as “gatas-gatas”,
is a hairy herb or weed that can be easily found in grasslands and pathways.
It has a slender stem with several branches that can grow up to 2 feet long.
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One of the best seller Healing Galing products is the Tawa-Tawa Tonic sold 150 pesos for 100ml (You can check other products HERE). They recommend this not only for dengue patients but for all having problems in their blood like anaemia and leukaemia. Tawa-tawa tonic is made by extracting the active components thru the process of distillation. 

Don’t worry if you cannot avail the said tonic. You can prepare your own thru the process of decoction. For every 1 glass siksik of tawa-tawa plant (roots, stem and leaves) just add 3 glasses of water and bring to boil until it becomes like a tea. Drink this as replacement for water. But take note that tawa-tawa decoction can only be used within 24 hours after preparation unlike the distilled tonic that can last up to a year. After that, you must discard the remaining tonic since the active components were already turned into toxins that might give unpleasant results.

According to Dr. Edinell of Healing Galing, one way to determine that you are having blood problems is it will have a bitter taste but eventually turned tasteless like water after the problems has been fixed. This is true, I tried it.

Aside from improving the blood condition, here are some benefits of Tawa-tawa plant:

Antibacterial and antimicrobial – used to treat amoeba, dysentery, syphilis and some fungal infections.
Antiasthmatic – helps in breaking mucus and relaxes spasms. Some suggest to inhale the smoke of this in the form of cigarette.
Antidiuretic – This help in absorption of water and re-absorption of electrolytes thus keeping you hydrated all longer.
Anthelmintic – can be used as dewormer
Antihypertensive – It has a property that helps inhibition of angiotensin converting enzyme.
Sedative – Helps in treating anxiety
Anti-allergy – helps preventing the early and late stage of allergy due to the shikimic acid content.
Milk stimulant – can be used to stimulate production of breast milk.

Furthermore, studies showed that it contains several phytochemicals like sterols, alkaloids, tannins, quercetin, glycosides, triterpenoids, alkenes, phenolic acids, choline and shikimic acid.

Based on studies and some testimonials from users, tawa-tawa is really a good herbal medicine. However, just like any other herbal plants, it should be taken with necessary precaution. Overdose can lead to gastrointestinal reaction, nausea and vomiting.