(infusion EUPHORBIA HIRTA)
from AMAZON HERBS®
Asthma weed has traditionally been used to treat bronchial asthma, other respiratory tract conditions and laryngeal (throat) spasm.
Although in modern herbalism it is more used in the treatment of intestinal amoebic dysentery.
An application is also the treatment of syphilis.
Euphorbia hirta is locally used in Africa and Australia to treat numerous diseases, including hypertension and edema.
Also regarded as a medication for diarrhea, ulcers and treatment of acute enteritis.
Flavonoids (quecitrin, quercetol), terpenoids, Coumarins, tannins, cardiac glycosides, triterpenes (phytosterols), Diterpenes (phorbol esters); alkenes, phenolic acids, shikimic acids (shikimic acid), choline.
The aqueous stem bark- and leaf extracts of Euphorbia hirta have potent molluscicidal activity.
It is a common medicinal plant of India, which is used in variety of diseases i.e. cough, asthma, colic, dysentery, genito-urinary diseases.
The anti-diarrheic activity of the Euphorbia hirta whole plant was investigated. The lyophilized decoction demonstrated anti-diarrheic activity in experimental models of diarrhea induced by castor oil, arachidonic acid, and prostaglandin E2.
A flavonoid, quercitrin, with antidiarrheic activity was isolated from this crude drug. A study suggests that the active component(s) in the water extract of E. hirta leaf had similar diuretic spectrum to that of acetazolamide.
These results validate the traditional use of E. hirta as a diuretic agent by the Swahilis and Sukumas in Africa.
Euphorbia hirta extract demonstrated active against dysenteric epidemia in 53 patients (Ridet and Chartol).
Clinical trials conducted on 150 cases of colopathies related to Entamoeba histolytica with Euphorbia hirta extract. The authors obtained 83.34% of healing. The activity of plant extract was comparable to pharmaceutical product Flagentyl in the treatment of intestinal amoebas (Martin et al).
Euphorbia hirta possesses also excellent hepatoprotective activity, comparable to the drug Silymarin.
Applications Asthma weed
A natural medicine used to treat asthma and bronchial infection, cough and throat spasms.
It breaks up mucus and relaxes spasms.
Asthma weed may also be effective against dengue by increasing the dwindling platelet count, an usual symptom of the mosquito-borne disease (without notable effects in red blood cell and white blood cell counts).
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Tincture & infusion
1 - 2 ml (30 - 60 drops), 3 - 4 times a day
Dosage infusion (herbal tea)
1 full tsp per cup; steep in hot water for 10 minutes, 3 - 4 times a day
Precaution & Contraindications
No known interactions with other drugs.
Do no use when pregnant.
A Modern Herbal. by Grieve. (Penguin 1984 ISBN#0-14-046-440-9) Not so modern (1930's?) but lots of information, mainly temperate plants.
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 Famine Foods of the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao. by Reid. B. E. (Taipei. Southern Materials Centre 1977 ISBN#-) A translation of an ancient Chinese book on edible wild foods. Fascinating.
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. by Huxley. A. (MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN#0-333-47494-5) Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
Perennial Garden Plants by Thomas. G. S. (J. M. Dent & Sons, London. 1990 ISBN#0 460 86048 8) A concise guide to a wide range of perennials. Lots of cultivation guides, very little on plant uses.
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. by Bown. D. (Dorling Kindersley, London. 1995 ISBN#0-7513-020-31) A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
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The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Chevallier. A. (Dorling Kindersley. London 1996 ISBN#9-780751-303148). An excellent guide to over 500 of the more well known medicinal herbs from around the world.
Antidiarrhoeic activity of Euphorbia hirta extract and isolation of an active flavonoid constituent.
Galvez J, Zarzuelo A, Crespo ME, Lorente MD, Ocete MA, Jimenez J.
Departamento de Farmacologia, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Granada, Spain.
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