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DOST to test ‘tawa-tawa’ as cure for dengue, tuberculosis

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tawa-tawa (Euphorbia hirta) photo by foodrecap.net

The government’s medical researchers have embarked on a new study to determine if there is science in the claims that the plant called “tawa-tawa” has therapeutic properties.

Many Filipinos say tawa-tawa (Euphorbia hirta) is a cure for dengue and tuberculosis. Some doctors frequently interviewed on popular health programs on radio have noted the curative effects of tawa-tawa, but none has categorically said that the plant indeed has medicinal value.

To settle the matter, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), the research and development arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), is looking into claims that tawa-tawa has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and that it can increase blood platelets, vital in the treatment of dengue, a fever that has rising cases, especially among children, in some parts of the country.

“The discovery of tawa-tawa’s active ingredient will lead to the development of treatments for dengue and tuberculosis,” a statement from the DOST said.

The study is one of the DOST’s research priorities on a program aimed at developing drugs from herbal and animal sources.


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  • pening_garcia

    DOST can also test Cannabis as a cure to Erectile Dysfunction. And if proven to be true and effective, lalong dadaming adik na manyakis! HEHEHEHE

  • EngrhansTeh

    sana ito na lang pagtuonan ng pansin sa taga DOST. at sa tingin malaki maibawas sa tuberculosis sa bansa.
    pero bakit kaya ang DOST kinontra pa ang invention ni Daniel at sinabi pa na ang kanyang invention at kalokohan or hoax?
    Water-Powered Car For more than three decades now, Daniel Dingel has been claiming that his car can run with water as fuel. An article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer said that Dingle built his engine as early as 1969. Dingel built a car reactor that uses electricity from a 12-volt car battery to split the ordinary tap water into hydrogen and oxygen components. The hydrogen can then be used to power the car engine. 
    Dingel said that a number of foreign car companies have expressed interest in his invention. The officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have dismissed Dingel’s water-powered car as a hoax. In return, Dingel accused them of conspiring with oil producing countries. Dingel, however, was the not the only man on earth who is testing water as an alternative fuel. American inventors Rudolf Gunnerman and Stanley Meyer and the researchers of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been pursuing similar experiments.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2U5CHMLY2JGMV4HL6IMI5S7KHM jarjarbinx

      Please, please , please, please study science. You cannot have a net energy generation. This violates first law of thermodynamics which is energy balance. Where do you think the energy to move the vehicle comes from?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

      Dingel is in prison. Someone believed and trusted him but he end up not producing water run engine but running with more than 400, 000 dollars. He is already old but keep his invention to himself alone and not even sharing his knowledge(if he really had) to anyone(hopefully he did to his closest relative). 

  • EngrhansTeh

    wowwww, DOST found it?…are they Scientist or like my Lola who always use it. Pero di yan ang tawa-tawa na nasa picture, pls check it…Why not DOST, push and support the water car of Daniel Dingel, than publishing this old medicine use before by my grandmother.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S7G6MR3HUES4YR5TJBJBDKEH6U ROQUET

      yan yong tawa-tawa [Scientific name: Euphorbia hirta]…

  • cooldoods

    ngayon pa lang? antagal na nito a.

  • mangkepweng2012

    The one in the picture is not the “tawa-tawa” plant.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

      Yan na yun mangkepweng

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    congrats dost
    for the now open mind

    more research for
    affordable health solutions
    for us pilipinos

    dagdag mo na rin
    rocket research for defense

    • EngrhansTeh

      DOST, dont support the invention of water car of Daniel Dingel,,,how can we expect DOSTmake great inventions when politics is all around. Daniel Dingel practice in the US missed interpret about revenues of the government. the reason the Philippines did not support him. If he did not miss interpret the word, government revenues, and think it government leaders revenues. maybe our country is the 1st country in the world using water fuel car project, and no need to invent this katawa tawang invention.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        maganda kung mapatutuhanan ito
        isip ko lang baka hydrolysis
        pero negative energy balance
        open minded ako
        tulungan natin

    • EngrhansTeh

      Water-Powered Car For more than three decades now, Daniel Dingel has been claiming that his car can run with water as fuel. An article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer said that Dingle built his engine as early as 1969. Dingel built a car reactor that uses electricity from a 12-volt car battery to split the ordinary tap water into hydrogen and oxygen components. The hydrogen can then be used to power the car engine. 
      Dingel said that a number of foreign car companies have expressed interest in his invention. The officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have dismissed Dingel’s water-powered car as a hoax. In return, Dingel accused them of conspiring with oil producing countries. Dingel, however, was the not the only man on earth who is testing water as an alternative fuel. American inventors Rudolf Gunnerman and Stanley Meyer and the researchers of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been pursuing similar experiments

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        maganda kung mapatutuhanan ito
        isip ko lang baka hydrolysis
        pero negative energy balance

        open minded ako
        tulungan natin

  • Ceazar

    they better work fast. Because if the plant really has therapeutic value and an international company patented it, the product is theirs for good, wala na tayong habol na gamitin ito for our own use. nangyari ito in the case if ilang-ilang extract – a perfume company patented it and I think they have exclusive rights for its commercial application.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4QTX6MX6G24RCBSMDIE25UIYB4 Moises

       it is true. they better do it fast. perhaps they would like to include a study on the therapeutic value of guyabano too.

  • TheThinkker

    FInally!



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