The plants are annual or perennial herbs, woody shrubs, or trees with a caustic, poisonous milky latex. The roots are fine or thick and fleshy or tuberous. Many species are more or less succulent, thorny, or unarmed. The main stem and mostly also the side arms of the succulent species are thick and fleshy, 15–91 cm tall. The plant also contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, and phenolics. Euphorbia is widely used to clear up the respiratory tract and for the treatment of asthma. It has a Broncho-dilatory effect that helps to relieve the symptoms of most respiratory diseases. The root of the plant also possesses anti-emetic properties and can combat vomiting. As mentioned earlier, although the leaves, flowers, and roots possess medicinal properties, the latex is quite poisonous and can cause damage to the skin or any other surface of the body.
Amman Pacharisi Medicinal Uses:
♦ Anti Bacterial Properties: The reason Amman pacharisi is so effective for skin care is due to it’s wonderful anti bacterial properties. The ethanol extract of Amman pacharisi has been proven to be effective against some of the common bacterial strains like Escherichia Coli, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Staphylococcus Aureus, etc..
♦ Increases Breast Milk: Amman pacharisi has been used for a long time for improving breast milk. The leaves and the flowers are cooked along with dal and given to breast feeding mothers. This traditional use has been backed by research. Both the powder and the fresh herb can be used for increasing breast milk production.
♦ Anti Asthma Properties: Another traditional remedy using amman pacharisi is drinking water decoction also called as Euphorbia Hirta tea for treating asthma. Now this use has been proven through research. Amman pacharisi has a relaxation effect on the bronchial tubes. Flavonoids, glycosides and saponins found in amman pacharisi are responsible for it’s anti asthmatic properties.
♦ Anti Cancer Properties: Amman pacharisi extract has been proven to be cytotoxic to many type of cancer cells. It just amazes me how common herbs that we neglect and consider as weeds can be potential life savers. Amman pacharisi is particularly effective against malignant melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
♦ Analgesic, Anti inflammatory and Anti Pyretic Properties: Amman pacharisi extract has been proven to reduce pain and inflammation. The tea can be taken if we suffer from any kind of inflammation and pain. Amman pacharisi also helps fights off infection and reduces fever. When applied as a poultice, it can reduce the inflammation and pain in that area instantly.
♦ Anti Diarrheal Properties: Amman pacharisi extract has been traditionally given to treat diarrhea as it has anti bacterial, anti amoebic and anti spasmodic properties. For treating diarrhea, the water extract of the whole plant is generally used, the leaf powder also can be taken. The flavonoid quercitrin found in amman pacharisi is responsible for its anti diarrheal properties.
♦ Treats Warts: Amman pacharisi is used for treating warts for a long time. We apply the milky sap on the wart for a few days and it falls off very very quickly. This due to their wonderful anti viral properties and you can read the study that proves it here. The tannins present in amman pacharisi is responsible for it’s anti viral properties.
♦ Anti Diabetic Properties: Amman pacharisi is wonderful for diabetic patients as it reduces blood sugar levels and the effect is equal to standard prescription drugs used for treating diabetes. Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels closely while taking both Amman pacharisi and diabetic medications together as it can reduce blood sugar levels drastically.
♦ Protects Against Snake Venom: Another amazing medicinal use of amman pacharisi is it’s protective properties against snake bite. In many village sides, amman pacharisi plant is given as a first aid for treating snake bite, this traditional use has been backed by research. Quercetin-3-O-rhamnoside found in amman pachrisi is responsible for it’s anti venom properties.
♦ Wound Healing Activity: Amman pacharisi heals wound very fast. It also helps reduce the pain and inflammation very very quickly, traditionally the leaf paste poultice is applied over the wounds. Amman pacharisi not only heals regular wounds, it also heals burn wounds very very quickly and you can read the study that proves it here.
♦ It help the body to expel worms and other parasites. Applying crushed leaves to a wound can stop bleeding, and it contains anti-inflammatory agents that speed the healing of pimples, wounds, and boils.
♦ Ayurvedic medical practitioners in India use euphorbia hirta to treat bronchial conditions.
♦ An extract of this medicinal plant can ease the symptoms of colds, asthma, bronchitis, and coughs.
♦ It is also used to treat urinary tract infections and venereal diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea.
♦ The leaves powder or paste mixed with buttermilk can be take for Leucorrhoea in a woman.
♦ The leaves work as a Laxative and Coolant. The leaved paste is used on swellings and ulcers.
♦ There are no side effects in using this product. Take medical advice for its use during pregnancy.
External Benefits of Amman Pacharisi (Snake Weed):-
- Euphorbia can also be used to treat snakebites and Paste of the leaves is applied externally to cure swellings and ulcers
How to Consume Amman Pacharisi (Snake Weed) Internally:-
- Morning – Mix 5 gms of powder in 100 ml water, Boil the content for a few minutes. once the water gets warm, filter the content and drink it before food. Repeat the same for Evening Dosage after dinner.
How to Apply Amman Pacharisi (Snake Weed) Externally:-
- Apply the paste of the leaves externally to cure swellings and ulcers