Guyabano became popular in treating cancer. Tawa-tawa is well known for dengue. The first is a common fruit while the second is a common grass. Now there is another weed up to stardome. It is none other than paragis.
Paragis is one off the grasses I hate the most. The other three are cogon, mutha and sili-silihan.
Why? This weed grows almost everywhere. From nutrient rich soil to sandy and rocky land. From wide open area and in between cemented floor cracks.
Weeds compete with plants for nutrients. However it is not the reason why I hate it. It is because it its very hard to pull up. When we were still working in father’s farm. He was always requiring us to pull everyone of them. Remove down to its roots, else, it re-grows in no time. There was always a lot of them, so we were pulling a lot too.
I guess it is time for a change of heart. The weed I hate created a hype via social media, tv and local conversations. They are saying it can cure many diseases. The likes of diabetes, myoma, intestinal worms, urine problems, high blood pressure, fever, dandruff and dysentery. The roots, stalks and leaves are boiled and the resulting concoction is drunk.
Maybe it has more. All is need are research and clinical trials.
The weed also caught the attention of Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. The crew interviewed several personalities proving the weed efficacy. They also included some medical experts. Some are against it. Not to be surprised of. Some are on its side. Saying it can really be used as natural medication.
It is a long alternative medicine in Africa. It is a bionic drug to this country. Meaning, it can cure both humans and animals. It has no toxicity history and has substances of known medical properties.
Sadly, like guyabano and tawa-tawa. It is not included in DOH approved medicinal herbs. The approval process wood take very long for sure. If they don’t start the process, then I would not happen till the rest of eternity.
Paragis has a scientific name of Eleusine indica. Also known as wire grass, goose grass and dog’s tail. I think this is what we call carabao grass.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.