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Medicinal uses of Asthma Weed (Euphorbia hirta)

Asthma Weed (Euphorbia hirta) complete detail – updated. Medicinal uses of Asthma Weed (Euphorbia hirta). Description of Asthma Weed (Euphorbia hirta). Classification of Asthma Weed (Euphorbia hirta)In traditional Indian medicinal systems Euphorbia hirta is used in the treatment of asthma.
Euphorbia hirta is used in the treatment of cancer, diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal, asthma, bronchitis, fever, eyelid styes, cough, asthma, bronchial infections, bowel complaints, helminthic infestations, wounds, kidney stones and abscesses etc.
Local name of Euphorbia hirta is Asthma Weed- Bara dudhi, Duddhi. Euphorbia hirta is an annual hairy herb with many branches from the base to top, spreading upto 50 cm in height, reddish or purplish in color. Euphorbia hirta is very effective in reducing the sperm mobility and density.

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Description

Euphorbia hirta is an annual hairy herb with many branches from the base to top, spreading upto 50 cm in height, reddish or purplish in color.  Stems are rounded, solid and hairy with abundant milk-sap.  Leaves are opposite, elliptic – oblong to oblong- lanceolate, acute or sub-acute, dark green above, pale beneath, 1- 3 cm long, blotched with purple in the middle, and toothed at the edge. Leaves occur in opposite pairs on the stem.

The flowers are unisexual and found in axillary cymes at each leaf node. Flowers are purplish to greenish in color, dense, axillary, short-stalked clusters or crowded cymes, about 1 mm in length.

Capsules are broadly ovoid, hairy, three-angled, about 1.5 millimeters long. The fruits are yellow, three- celled, hairy, keeled capsules. Seed very small, reddish-brown, initially smooth, later slightly transversely wrinkled. Flowering and fruiting throughout the year.

Classification

Common Name – Asthma Weed

Local Name – Bara dudhi, Duddhi

Botanical Name – Euphorbia hirta

Kingdom – Plantae

Subkingdom – Viridiplantae

Division – Tracheophyta

Class – Magnoliopsida

Order – Malpiqhiales

Genus – Euphorbia

Family – Euphorbiaceae

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Distribution

Euphorbia hirta found in the Philippines, Australia, South America and other parts of Asia. Euphorbia hirta widely found in most parts of India.

Uses

Euphorbia hirta has many medicinal properties like Hypotensive, anticancer, tonic, exhibits anxiolytic, analgesic, antimalarial, antiasthmatic, antidiarrheal, antioxidant, antiamoebic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antiamoebic, antispasmodic etc.

Euphorbia hirta is used in the treatment of cancer, diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal, asthma, bronchitis, fever, eyelid styes, cough, asthma, bronchial infections, bowel complaints, helminthic infestations, wounds, kidney stones and abscesses etc.

Decoction of dry herbs is used for skin diseases. Decoction of fresh herbs is used as gargle for the treatment of thrush. Root decoction is used for nursing mothers deficient in milk and in the treatment of snake bites, vomiting, chronic diarrheas and fevers.

Euphorbia hirta is very effective in reducing the sperm mobility and density. Consuming it regularly results in infertility. You need to discontinue consuming it for about 12 days so that you become fertile again.

In traditional Indian medicinal systems Euphorbia hirta is used in the treatment of asthma.

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