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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tawa-tawa

May 11, 2008-May 17, 2008

Tawa-tawa is a plant that is very endemic throughout the Philippines and its neighboring islands including Celebes, Borneo and New Guinea. It is an epiphytic orchid which is also known locally as gatas-gatas or mangagaw.

Tawa-tawa is traditionally recognized in the Philippines as a remedy to those who have dengue fever caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It does not fight the dengue virus. Instead, it only promotes the development of blood platelets and softens the effect of the virus which attacks the blood.

This customary belief was scientifically proven recently by researchers from Davao City, Philippines. They stated that tawa-tawa can help save lives of dengue fever patients. Based upon their findings, it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial components that can help cure even the stage four of the said dreaded disease.

On the other hand, in Ambon Island, Indonesia, a paste of the plant’s pseudobulb (storage organ derived from the part of a stem between two leaf nodes) is placed on sores or applied to the stomach to expel worms and malignant tumors. Moreover, the crushed tawa-tawa is used as a diet for dysentery.

The scientific name for tawa-tawa is Euphorbia hirta.

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16 comments:

beingadaddy said...

Very interesting read. I guess the old saying is true, you learn something new everyday!

Orchid Flowers Help said...

The general perception is that orchids just look beautiful - the species described here is in my opinion far from that, but its ability to cure the dengue fever far outweights the lack of beauty.
Thanks for this informative post.

642-642 said...

though it does not cover the virus but still it is more effective because it soften the effects of the virus which is also valuable.

70-294 said...

Then this plant is wonderful because it is more effective for the human body against virus.

70-536 said...

These plant are the valuable gifts for us from God and we should also take care of them because they are also important for us.

Anonymous said...

i really like to see and try this for an experiment because i'm really curious on what effect it will give on my study...

Charlotte said...

This is so true, a friend of mine gave me a concoction containing this plant when my daughter was recently hospitalized because of dengue, and within a day of drinking it, her platelet count went up :-)

dhen said...

Yes, tawa tawa is proven by myself because i was suffered from dengue.. my platelet went down to 40* 12hours before another blood test again. i drink this boiled tawa tawa and it gives a result a better result. it makes my platelet goes high again. from 40 went to 58, 83 until i reach the 170 count. so that was the time i was release from the hospital.

Anonymous said...

Correct, even here in Parañaque, suffered from dengue adviced to drink boiled tawa tawa and they got a good results...

Anonymous said...

san kame pede makakuha ng tawa-tawa?meron kc dengue un pamangkin ko pls.....

Anonymous said...

You can see it in your backyard, or in grassy areas.

den castro said...

MERON DIN KAYA NYAN SA IBANG BANSA? ISANG PAGPAPATUNAY NA MAYAMAN TALAGA ANG PINAS...

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for sharing this vital information. Keep on posting valuable natural ways of remedy. Filipinos need these kind of solutions rather than synthetic drugs to fight dengue. Shalom:>

Anonymous said...

Dapat palaganapin natin ang pagpapatubo ng halamang ito. Darating ang araw na hahakutin ito ng mga suwapang na gumagawa ng mga gamot at ibebenta sa napakamahal na presyo.

Anonymous said...

If only people realize that gatas gatas or tawa tawa can save lives, NO ONE needs to die because of dengue. Alas, people are led to believe that herbs cannot help. This is such a lie. The only way is for people to be informed. Doctors will tell you gatas gatas are not effective because it hasn't be proven scientifically.
What hogwash.
Talk to people who have taken this herbs and seeing their platelets going up.
Spread the word and help people to live and not die.

Anonymous said...

This plant has numerous other benefits in India, it is found almost everywhere it is called "Ammanpaissaiarisu".