It is commonly called as Amman Pachirisi in Tamil, snake weed, asthma weed, Tawa-tawa, etc. In Philippines, this herb is known as tawa-tawa and used to treat Dengue fever. The herb grows widely in tropical countries like Australia and widely found in India. The herb is a native to India. It is often found as a weed growing in neglected areas around the house. Many people do not recognize it and do not know its medicinal benefits and hence weed it out. The herb is full of milky latex and hence one should be careful when plucking it. The specialty of the herb is that it bears flowers and fruits in all seasons and throughout the year and grows in damp regions. It grows heavily during rainy season.
In the test tube, Euphorbia hirta has been shown to kill various types of pathogenic bacteria, Helicobacter pylori (albeit weakly), and Plasmodium (potently).
Tawa-tawa Tea from fewer:
In preparing tawa-tawa tea, 100 grams of the fresh whole plant (including roots) are washed and boiled in half a liter (500 ml) of water for 15 minutes. After cooling and paper-filtration, the decoction is taken by the patient at one glass every hour until the fever subsides.
- 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
- Pregnant women should not consume the herb, since it induces miscarriage.
- Men who want to bear babies should not consume it, since it makes you infertile.
- Do not consume more than the prescribed amount, since it induces vomiting