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My daughter, Raine, was recently hospitalized in Cardinal Santos for five days because of dengue. I was worried, especially after reading how the virus attacks blood cells causing them to leak even through the patient’s skin. The thought horrified me and I wished that I was the one afflicted with the virus instead. When the doctor informed me that her platelet count was really low, I began texting my friends to pray for my little girl. My best friend Joyce, who is such an angel, immediately came over and gave me this weird-looking greenish-black concoction which she swears could immediately raise my daughter’s platelet count.

I was a bit hesitant at first, until she told me that she gave the same herbal medicine to her daughter Angela when Angela was also afflicted with the virus a few years ago. She also said that within 4 days of drinking the mixture, Angela was discharged from the hospital. So with nothing to lose, I made Raine drink the greenish brew, and within a day of taking it, her platelet count went up. We didn’t even have to go through a platelet transfusion. We left the hospital a few days later and she is now blissfully watching the re-runs of Powerpuff Girls Z on Cartoon Network, without showing any strains from the illness at all.

The awesome medicine, according to my friend Joyce, came from a local plant, which she said could be likened to a weed and which mostly grows in vacant lots. This plant is called, tawa-tawa, in the vernacular language. It’s scientific name, however is, Euphorbia hirta. She told me that she boiled a number of tawa-tawa in water and added a few tablespoons of sugar to the juice, just to make it taste better for Raine. However, I found this recipe for preparing the herbal medicine from a reliable website, MIND (Movement of Idealistic and Nationalistic Doctors). Here are their instructions:

Locally, many are using Tawa Tawa plants to treat dengue. The Department of Health is still studying the effectiveness of this plant, and has raised concern over the possibility of toxicity with over dosage. However, doctors would usually allow patients to drink it if you ask their permission first. Here is how to prepare Tawa Tawa:

(1) Take 5 whole Tawa Tawa plants;
(2) Cut off the roots, then wash and clean;
(3) Boil Tawa Tawa in a pot of clean water;
(4) Pour the liquid and then let cool;
(5) Sip 1 glass 3 to 4 times a day.

But remember, always consult your doctor first before undergoing any treatment. Our infectious disease specialists are still your best bet to get cured from dengue. Take care! (MIND: http://mind.pinoy.md/?p=330)

I totally agree with MIND when they said that you should always consult your doctor first before undergoing any kind of medication. When my daughter’s doctor saw the tawa-tawa mixture, she did give her approval and that increased my confidence on the herbal treatment. It did wonders for my daughter and I guess it’s true what they say, God is so wise that He provided us with everything we needed on this earth, even panacea for our illnesses.

Tawa-tawa photo courtesy of VJ Czar World