ASTHMA WEED, Euphorbia hirta


Latin name: Euphorbia hirta

English name: Asthma weed

Sanskrit name: Dugudhika

Indian name: Bara dudhi

Medicinal parts used: Whole plant

Asthma weed is a small perennial herb with milky latex in all parts of the plant. Stems hairy, leaves small, opposite, elliptic-oblong or oblong lanceolate, fruits small, seeds smooth and blue colored.

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.

Therapeutic use:

  • In Dysentery, worms, amoebic dysentery, syphilis, bowel complaints, cough etc.
  • A decoction of the plant is given in bronchial affections and asthma. It breaks up mucus and relaxes spasms.
  • Latex of the plant is used as application for warts
  • It is also regarded as a medication for diarrhea, ulcers and treatment of acute enteritis.

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