Botanical Name: Euphorbia hirta
Common Name: pill-bearing spurge, asthma plant, hairy spurge, garden spurge, pillpod sandman
Luganda Name: #Akasandasanda
CONSTITUENTS: It contains alkanes, triterpenes, phytosterols, tannins, polyphenols, and flavanoids.Medicinal Uses:- It has been shown to kill various types of pathogenic bacteria, Plasmodium (potently).- Has a curative effects on dengue fever also known as breakbone fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.- Is often used traditionally for female disorders, respiratory ailments (cough, coryza, bronchitis, and asthma), – worm infestations in children, dysentery, jaundice, pimples, gonorrhea, digestive problems, and tumors. – The root can be used as a first aid for snake bites.- The whole plant is a galactagogue and will help with lactating mothers and animals.- It is a strong anti-fertility in men and continued use can lead to permanent infertility, it can there be used as a substitute for vasectomy.When taken by mouth, it can cause some side effects such as nausea and vomiting.Don’t touch the fresh herb. It can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take euphorbia by mouth if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that it might cause the uterus to contract, and this could cause a miscarriage.Stomach or intestinal problems: Euphorbia can irritate the stomach and intestines. Don’t use it if you have a stomach or intestinal disorder.