4 Surprising Benefits of Euphorbia Hirta

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Some of the most important health benefits of Euphorbia hirta include its ability to promote healing, soothe the skin, protect female reproduction, cure gastrointestinal disorders, improve respiration, boost the immune system, increase fertility, and reducing inflammation.

What is Euphorbia Hirta?

Euphorbia hirta is a strange, hairy herbaceous plant that is often found growing on the roadsides in tropical parts of the world. Considered to be native to India, this herb/weed has now become a pantropical species, which makes it very easy for its popularity to spread. It is primarily used as a medicinal herb due to its unique chemical structure and powerful effects on the body. It has been used traditionally for thousands of years, and modern research is still being conducted to fully understand all the chemical pathways that this herb can affect.

All parts of the plant are effective in their own way and are used for specific ailments. The leaves, flowers, and sap from this herbaceous plant, which is also commonly called an “asthma weed”, are all used in different ways and in different forms, depending on the ailment at hand. Let’s take a slightly closer look at the many health benefits of Euphorbia hirta.

Close-up of Euphorbia hirta

Euphorbia hirta (sometimes called asthma-plant) is a pantropical weed, possibly native to India. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Health Benefits of Euphorbia Hirta

Health benefits of euphorbia hirta include:

Immune System

Euphorbia hirta can impact the immune system in a number of ways, but one of the popular traditional uses of the herb was to treat eye infections. By using the flowers of the plant, a decoction could be made that soothed eye infections and reduced the signs of conjunctivitis. This treatment is still in use today.

Respiratory Health

When it comes to respiratory conditions, euphorbia hirta can be a very effective remedy. The anti-inflammatory nature of the herb makes it ideal for soothing bronchial irritation, asthma, sore throats, and chronic coughing, as well as conditions like bronchitis.

Gastrointestinal Issues

Aside from eliminating parasites and intestinal worms, Euphorbia hirta can also soothe the gastrointestinal system and eliminate symptoms of diarrhea or dysentery. By soothing the gut walls, Euphorbia hirta can restore your bowel movements to a more normal level and prevent any additional pain or discomfort.

Skin Health

The salves made from Euphorbia hirta can be applied directly to the skin on boils, wounds, rashes, burns, and other marks. This solution can speed the healing process by stimulating blood flow to the skin, stimulate the regrowth of new cells, and even contribute its antioxidant capacity to promoting healthier-looking skin. It can eliminate signs of aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage.

A Final Word of Warning

It is not a good idea to consume large amounts of the herb orally, as it can induce vomiting, in some cases. Also, as mentioned above, pregnant women should avoid the use of this herb. Other side effects are mild and infrequent. As always, speak with a trained herbalist or your medical practitioner to ensure that you are a good candidate for adding a powerful herbal remedy to your diet or health plan.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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