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Submitted: 13 January 2015 Modified: 22 August 2019
HERDIN Record #: NCR-UERMMMC-15011302404219

Focused group discussion on the use of Euphorbia hirta Linn (tawa-tawa) in the treatment of dengue fever.

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Introduction Euphorbia hirta Linn has been used as a folk remedy for dengue. Despite numerous anecdotal reports, there is a lack of precise documented information regarding its actual use, perceptions of effectiveness and safety. This study aimed to elucidate the use of Euphorbia hirta Linn in the treatment of dengue.


Methods Previously confined pediatric patients and their parents were invited to attend focused group discussions on their use of Euphorbia hirta. The discussion centered on source of information, sourcing, preparation and dosing, the effect of treatment and willingness to endorse its use.


Results Eight volunteers participated. The common source of information was word-of-mouth endorsement. They used commercial preparations and administered it as an infusion. Euphorbia hirta was given at various doses and durations. Respondents claimed that it made their patients feel better and that they were willing to recommend its use.


Conclusion The study showed the potential value of Euphorbia hirta for the treatment of degue, as perceived by the caregivers.

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
The Health Sciences Journal
Frequency
Semi-Annual
Publication Date
January-June 2014
Volume
3
Issue
1
Page(s)
15-18
LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
UERMMMC Fulltext Print Format
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