Recently the tawa tawa plant was featured again, in GMA7’s Kape at Balita and 24 Oras.
As per request by the Department of Health (DOH), the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center conducted a one year study, involving 100 persons, to know if the tawa tawa is effective against dengue.
Study results will go on public on June 2013 via scientific conference. When and where the announcement is scheduled is not clear. However, Dr. Josefina Carlos gave a glimpse of their findings.
The herb could be found almost everywhere, it is free and would be very useful if found effective, and with no negative side effects. Since year 1950, there has historical and anecdotal experiences about tawa tawa’s action against dengue, here and in other countries. It has no noted side effects, thus could be taken safely in case dengue strikes.
Tawa tawa dosage is the problem. How much and how often it should be taken is not established yet.
The herb tawa tawa is also being studied by other universities and institutions like UST and Saint Luke’s