A Soap Opera Endorsement for Tawa Tawa Herb

I guess the increasing popularity of tawa tawa plant can’t be stopped. Academic and research institutions have been studying it and seeing positive results. The Department of Health which previously discouraging its use took back their words. They never gave any recommendations though.

Hope it become one of the approved herbal medicine soon.

Recently it got a free television endorsement thru “Please Be Careful With My Heart” of ABS-CBN. I never know if it was a coincidence, a good Samaritan paid the cost, or they were really intend to help those who are in need.

The story goes like this.

Maya had dengue and was hospitalized. Her blood platelet count became significantly low that she was placed under intensive care unit. Her relatives gather tawa tawa herbs, washed, boiled and brought it to hospital. Maya drank it. Then her platelet count went up after. I have no idea about the approximate period but it was something miraculously short.

Can We Use Tawa Tawa to Treat Chikunguya?

City Health Office of Davao del Sur confirmed one patient was positive for chikunguya infection. It was also mentioned, roughly 15 people died from the disease since last January (reported July 16 2013).

Four residents were found positive for chikunguya at Kidapawan City (reported July 4, 2013).

There was chikunguya outbreak in Patnogon, Antique caused by prolific mosquitoes which carry both chikunguya and dengue viruses. About 303 residents were affected but, thankfully, no records of death. The news was confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) (reported June 30, 2013).

What is Chikunguya?

It is a viral disease carried by Aedes egypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. An alphavirus belonging to family Togaviridae. Symptoms includes fever (40°C), persistent headache, red eyes, difficulty in direct looking at light, nausea, measles-like rashes and fatigue. May include severe joint pains and swelling. Symptoms manifest between one to two days and lasting between 3 to 10 days.

Why do I have the weird feeling that my recent fever was a chikunguya. I had a very persistent headache, body temperature was 39°C + and my eyesight became blur that I could hardly read and watch tv.

Is Chikunguya dangerous?

The disease is rarely fatal and self-limiting. It is not as dangerous as dengue. Treatment include taking bed rest, fluids and analgesics. However, severe symptoms requires doctor’s attention. No vaccine or any drug recommended.

Can We Use Tawa Tawa to Treat Chikunguya?

Anectodal literatures tell no harm in using gatas gatas as herbal medicine. It is a popular and effective herbal cure for dengue. It may also cure the less dangerous chikunguya, or it may not. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist.

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