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Tawa-tawa contains active ingredients that may help dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) patients – study

Tawa-tawa (Euphorbia hirta), also known as “gatas-gatas,” is a hairy herb grown in open grasslands, roadsides and pathways. This indigenous plant is considered as one of the most popular folkloric treatment for dengue in the Philippines.

Intent on finding out the truth behind tawa-tawa’s curative properties, students of the University of Sto Tomas (UST) – Faculty of Pharmacy conducted a study entitled “Investigation of the anti-thrombocytopenic property of euphorbia hirta linn (Tawa-Tawa) decoction in rat models. The study aimedtoverify the effects of tawa-tawa decoction to a dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) patient showing a symptom of thrombocytopenia (low platelet count due to excessive bleeding).

In the study, the students used chloramphenicol, ethanol and heparin to induce thrombocytopenia on rat models, mimicking dengue hemorrhagic fever. They administered tawa-tawa decoction to the sample groups and collected blood samples to check for platelet count, bleeding time (duration of bleeding), and blood clotting times in several stages of the experiment.

Results showed that platelet count increased by 47% depending on the drug used to induce thrombocytopenia. Bleeding time was reduced up to 62% while blood clotting time decreased to 58% compared to the control groups.

Based on the results, students concluded that administering tawa-tawa decoction to animal models help improve their healing mechanism. Tawa-tawa was able to promote cell production, and prevents platelet destruction. Likewise, the improvement in the cell bleeding time and clotting time provided evidence that the indigenous plant can preserve and promote the hemostatic function of platelets.

The students also discovered phenolic compounds in tawa-tawa, active ingredients suspected to be responsible in the increased platelet counts of tested animals. In an interview, Mr. Ryan Justin Raynes, one of the student researchers saidthat through a phenolic determination assay, they were able to identify ‘minute’ phenolic compound in tawa-tawa samples. “Although there were small amount of phenolic compound in tawa-tawa, this was sufficient to exert effect promoting quality and quantity of platelets,” Mr. Raynes said.

Because of the study’s significant findings, it won the first prize in the PCHRD – Gruppo Medica Award held during the 6th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week held at Sofitel Manila last 10 August 2012. PCHRD – Gruppo Medica Award is given to undergraduate students engaged in herbal medicine research that have potential for practical or commercial applications.

Comments  

 
0 #58 Richard Mata 2014-04-03 11:49
This is my suggestion for a study or survey?

Ask the general public, what is the best thing to take orally to treat Dengue? There's a big chance Oral Rehydrating Solution will not land in top 5.

Second question: why does a dengue patient dies?

The answer will most likely be the decrease in platelet which is wrong. The truth is due to severe dehydration due to plasma leakage.

The government has a big responsibility for this correct information dissemination.

If we want lesser deaths, promote ORS hydration and early dextrose to result into frequent urination. Read more in my site www.solving-dengue-fever.com
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+1 #57 Richard Mata 2014-04-03 08:08
In Malaysia http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/myths-and-truths-dengue-and-aedes-31353

They mentioned that Drinking Papaya leaves juice, goat's milk and crab soup is a myth. Analyze for a while. In the Philippines its Tawatawa, Durian, and some other networking products. Iba-iba ang mga uso. Depende nalang kung paano napa-uso. May tawatawa naman sa Malaysia bakit iba ang na-uso?

The main reason why my website www.solving-dengue-fever.com campaigns against wrong beliefs so we can promote right management. Let me ask you, how many dengue survivors if all Filipinos embrace tawa-tawa or if all Filipinos will focus on Oral Rehydrating Solution and early Dextrose?

The biggest sign of survival in Dengue is that the patient urinates frequently, like 1-3 hrs interval. Thus, hydration is the best. ORS is 5 x faster absorbed by the intestines compared to water only. Need for Speed in hydration is the point!
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0 #56 jeriel 2014-04-02 15:47
Mark arcena, emotional appeal, anecdotal evidence and appeal to majority.

Kung sa tingin mo ay madami ang mga "nagpapatutuo". Tingin mo ba mag sasalita ang mga namatay para magpapasinuwali ng? Sabihin natin na 20% ang natural na gagaling. Ngayon, meron 100 na may sakiy ang uminom ng "gamot" na sinasabe mo. Meron 20 na nabuhay at "nagpatotoo", yung 80 maririnig mo ba ang boses nila? Sa 20 na ito diba sa tingin mo ay "madami" na ito lalu na kung sila lang ang boses na naririnig mo. No doubt naniniwala sila na epektibo ito pero dahil hindi nila nakikita ang big picture.

Sabihin na natin na 40% ang gumagaling sa "gamot" mo, kaya mabisa siya ng +20%, pero ang mga nirerekomenda ng mga experto ay nagpapagaling ng 90%, ito parin ba ang bibigay mo?

Hindi natin alam gaano kabisa ito kaya hindi tama na irekomenda ito base sa mga "nagpatotoo".
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-1 #55 mark arcena 2014-04-01 16:41
pag nagka dengue ka o kapamilya mo, wag mo bigyan ng tawa tawa ha. pangatawanan mo ang mga sinasabi mo. marami ng tao ang nagpatutoo nyan.
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-1 #54 mark arcena 2014-04-01 16:41
pag nagka dengue ka o kapamilya mo, wag mo bigyan ng tawa tawa ha. pangatawanan mo ang mga sinasabi mo. marami ng tao ang nagpatutoo nyan.
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0 #53 Jeriel 2014-02-28 15:26
Jaws, anecdotal evidence. Isa pa hindi mo sinabi kung ano ang sakit ng anak mo. Meron mga phases ang sakit kaya malaki ang posibilidad na nagkataon lang sa phase na naghuhupa na yung sakit niya, lalo na at nung 3rd day mo siya binigyan nito. Hindi po nakakatawa ang humingi ng magandang ebidensya bago manilawa sa isang bagay, lalo na kung may kinalaman ito sa kalusugan ng tao.

P.S. I think you meant 41 degrees Celsius, not Fahrenheit.
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0 #52 Richard Mata 2014-02-28 08:55
Jaws what did you got 168? Was it Feb. 21?
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+2 #51 jaws 2014-02-27 16:05
NAKAKATAWA KAYONG LAHAT NA HINDI NANINIWALA SA BISA NG TAWA-TAWA PLANT. JUST THIS FEBRUARY 14, 2014, MY DAUGHTER HAD A FEVER OF 41 DEG. FAH. SO WE BROUGHT HER TO THE HOSPITAL FOR CHECKUP, THE RESULT WAS NOT GOOD, HER PLATELET COUNT WAS 143. THE DOCTOR TOLD US TO REPEAT CBC THE FOLLOWING DAY, SO WE DID. AND THE RESULT WAS WORST, IT WENT DOWN TO ONLY 100. THE DOCTOR RECOMMENDED FOR CONFINEMENT. BUT HER PLATELET COUNT WAS DETERIORATING TO THE POINT IT REACHES TO THE LOWEST OF 52. AT THE THIRD DAY IT REACHES TO THE POINT OF BLEEDING. I WAS SO HOPELESS AND HELPLESS. I DECIDED TO TURN TO TAWA-TAWA. AFTER ONLY TWO LITERS OF BOILED TAWA-TAWA, HER PLATELET COUNT BEGUN INCREASING AND INCREASING. 12HRS HAD PASSED, HER PLATELET COUNT WAS AT 168 AND SO THE DOCTOR ORDERED FOR DISCHARGE.
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+3 #50 mark arce 2014-01-17 13:41
im suffering from chronic mylogenous leukemia since may 2013, im taking tawa tawa every 2 days. my white blood count is within manageable level
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0 #49 Edmon B. Agron 2013-12-04 09:15
@Novelyn Revesencio, you may contact Mr. Joven Apostol at , he is the adviser of the study.He mentioned during their deliberation that they are about to publish it to journal.
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