A pantropical weed that is speculated to be native to India, the Euphorbia hirta is a hairy herb that is commonly found along roadsides, open grasslands and on pathways. In various parts of the world, the Tawa Tawa is used as a herb for remedying a number of conditions. The herb can extend up to 60cm long and usually has a stem that is pretty hairy and produces high amounts of white latex. It has simple elliptical leaves that are hairy both on the upper and the lower side but more specifically along the leaf veins and on the lower side. The name of the herb varies from one region to the next and it is a well-known herb that has gained popularity among various populations.
The Tawa Tawa herb has gained more popularity as compared to similar herbs majorly due to the fact that it is relatively simple and easy to use. Tawa Tawa tea, a decoction of the herb is made and is afterwards drunk directly by the user. The preparation procedure is pretty simple. After acquiring 100 grams fresh Tawa Tawa herb, preferably the entire plant including the roots, it should be washed in clean water. The herb is then boiled in water measuring half a litter for a period of approximately fifteen minutes. The resulting broth is then cooled and filtered. The user takes a glass of it every hour until it has remedied the problem.
The herb can be used to correct several health problems, one of them being high blood pressure. It works as an effective antidiuretic agent due to the fact that it exhibits antidiuretic properties. It contains an enzyme known as angiotensin enzyme which helps in reducing the amount of urine output which consequentially results in a lowered blood pressure. Being an antidiuretic agent, it can also be used by individuals who drink too much alcohol or too much coffee to help in curbing dehydration. The tannin it contains and other compounds reabsorb not only water but other electrolytes as well into the system.
Studies have indicated that Tawa Tawa possesses antibacterial, antifungal and anti-amebic properties. As a result, it can be used to suppress the growth of these organisms and hence curb infections that would otherwise arise. To cure athlete’s foot, the tea made from it can be used externally by applying it directly to the affected area.
For patients suffering from problems that are related to the gastrointestinal tract, the Tawa Tawa herb is undoubtedly the cure to go for. It soothers and calms the GI Tract and controls diarrhea. Anxiety and stress can also be curbed through the use of the herb. About 3-4 cups of the herb daily works pretty efficiently in achieving this.
There are several other benefits of the herb such as boosting the platelet count by improving its production, reducing dengue fever, remedying skin problems and relieving a patients from bronchitis and asthma.
It is important to note that the Tawa Tawa is a very powerful herb and should not be used for prolonged periods of time.
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