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What Are the Medical Uses of Euphorbia Hirta?

Euphorbia hirta, also known as asthma weed, has been traditionally used to treat respiratory ailments, wounds, and gastrointestinal issues. Its diverse medicinal properties, from anti-inflammatory to antimicrobial, make it a subject of interest in alternative medicine. Curious about how this humble plant can contribute to your health? Discover its potential benefits and how it's used around the world. Ready to explore further?
Lumara Lee
Lumara Lee

Euphorbia hirta, or asthma weed, has been used medicinally in various cultures for centuries. The entire plant can be used as a natural medicine whether it is collected during its dried, fruiting, or blooming stage. Each part of the plant is effective for treating different ailments. For example, the leaves can be used to treat skin disorders while the milky sap can be used to speed the healing of chapped or cracked lips. A decoction made from the flowers can aid in healing eye infections and inflammations, such as conjunctivitis or pinkeye.

In the Philippines, this plant is known as tawa-tawa and has long been the natural treatment of choice for dengue disease. Dengue fever is an infectious disease that is spread by mosquitoes in tropical areas. In addition to flu-like symptoms it causes the blood platelet count to drop, which can be fatal. Euphorbia hirta is administered to dengue victims because it increases the platelet count and speeds healing.

An extract of the medicinal plant, euphorbia hirta, can be used to treat asthma and bronchitis.
An extract of the medicinal plant, euphorbia hirta, can be used to treat asthma and bronchitis.

Another name for the plant is snakeroot because it is used to treat snakebite. Its antihelmintic properties help the body to expel worms and other parasites. Applying crushed leaves to a wound can stop bleeding, and it contains anti-inflammatory agents that speed the healing of pimples, wounds, and boils.

Ayurvedic medical practitioners in India use euphorbia hirta to treat bronchial conditions. An extract of this medicinal plant can ease the symptoms of colds, asthma, bronchitis, and coughs. It is also used to treat urinary tract infections and venereal diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea.

This healing herb is used to treat sexual disorders in males. It is an effective treatment for impotence. The plant can also help prevent premature and involuntary ejaculation.

Euphorbia hirta can be used to treat dengue fever, which is spread by mosquitos.
Euphorbia hirta can be used to treat dengue fever, which is spread by mosquitos.

Euphorbia hirta promotes the healing of various female disorders. A decoction of the root is given to increase lactation in nursing mothers who aren’t producing enough milk, but it should never be administered to pregnant women. Different parts of the plant can induce miscarriage.

Euphorbia hirta contains antiviral and antibacterial properties which make it effective in treating a wide variety of diseases. It can reduce the symptoms of diarrhea and is commonly used to treat dysentery. A decoction made from the root can be administered via an enema to cure constipation. This same decoction can be used as a gargle to treat mouth ulcers and thrush. Ingesting large amounts of this herb can induce vomiting, and it should never be taken without the guidance of a professional health practitioner.

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anon339606

My father has had CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia), diagnosed in November 2011. As a complication, he has thrombocytopenia and has to have RBC and platelet transfusions as quickly as within a week. Upon reading of the studies of platelet increase associated with euphorbia hirta, we took the risk of experimenting with the plant and he took its extract in tea form. We've not had to transfuse blood platelets or RBC packs ever since August of 2012.

indigomoth

@Mor - The thing is, tawa tawa has some really great properties. What it really needs is to be investigated and refined to see if those qualities can be put to better use.

At the moment there isn't a whole lot people can do for people suffering from Dengue aside from support them with oral rehydration. The disease causes blood pressure to plummet, which is why you need to keep fluids up to try and compensate.

The euphorbia weed is thought to encourage blood platelet growth, so in combination with fluids, it's a pretty good treatment.

But, you're right, if someone is very sick, they can be given better care with a doctor.

Mor

There have been a few articles lately which state that tawa tawa (euphorbia hirta) is not enough to treat severe dengue fever.

I think the problem is that people in the Philippines use this herb and think that that is enough to cure the disease. It is also promoted by some people in the government as being a treatment for dengue.

The worry is that in severe cases it can stop people from seeking professional help, because they already believe they've done as much as they can.

Mostly, these articles don't say it can't help in more mild cases, but that it shouldn't be relied on in severe ones.

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    • An extract of the medicinal plant, euphorbia hirta, can be used to treat asthma and bronchitis.
      By: auremar
      An extract of the medicinal plant, euphorbia hirta, can be used to treat asthma and bronchitis.
    • Euphorbia hirta can be used to treat dengue fever, which is spread by mosquitos.
      By: abet
      Euphorbia hirta can be used to treat dengue fever, which is spread by mosquitos.
    • Euphorbia hirta can be used in a gargle to treat mouth ulcers.
      By: Daria Filiminova
      Euphorbia hirta can be used in a gargle to treat mouth ulcers.
    • Euphorbia hirta can be used to help prevent premature and involuntary ejaculation.
      By: Ambrose
      Euphorbia hirta can be used to help prevent premature and involuntary ejaculation.
    • Euphorbia hirta may be an effective treatment for male impotence.
      By: Tomasz Trojanowski
      Euphorbia hirta may be an effective treatment for male impotence.
    • The root of euphorbia hirta may be used as a treatment for oral thrush.
      By: adam88xx
      The root of euphorbia hirta may be used as a treatment for oral thrush.
    • Ayurvedic medical practitioners may use euphorbia hirta to treat urinary tract infections.
      By: 7activestudio
      Ayurvedic medical practitioners may use euphorbia hirta to treat urinary tract infections.
    • Large amounts of euphorbia hirta should not be taken without consulting a health professional.
      By: s_l
      Large amounts of euphorbia hirta should not be taken without consulting a health professional.
    • Dengue fever will cause flu-like symptoms.
      By: Farina3000
      Dengue fever will cause flu-like symptoms.