Antipyretic, antiviral and anti-thrombotic properties of Euphorbia hirta against dengue fever

Authors: Mahjabeen Saleem, Munnaza Mir, Rukhshan Khurshid, Sabiha Karim,


Dengue is infecting 50 to 100 million people worldwide a year and study was tried to find out the effect of Euphorbia hirtacalled as TawaTawa on flu like symptoms and blood biochemical parameters especially thrombocytopenia. Blood samples were collected on the day of enrollment and subsequently using TawaTawa. In most of the male patients, platelet count was <25,000 while in females the count was >50,000. Hematocrit values (HCT) were >40% in males and less than 30-40% in females. Total leukocyte count (TLC) was observed in a range of 4000-11000/mm3 in both male and female subjects. IgMhaemagglutination antibody titer valuesgreater than 1:160 were observed in 71% females and 50% males. AST level was found to be >40 IU/L in 38% female and 36% males while ALT level was >40 IU/L in 9% females and 12% males. Platelet count and TLC were increased non significantly after treatment with herbal water of E.hirtawhile HCT value was non significantly decreased after herbal use. Over 70% patients had slight recovery of platelet count and increased retrieval of leukopenia was detected after herbal therapy along recovery in fever and flu like symptoms.

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