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Tagulinaw for Diabetics

Posted on May 22, 2013 | No Comments on Tagulinaw for Diabetics

Tagulinaw is a straight or ascending plant with smooth or frugally hairy branches that can grow from 10 to 40 centimeters long. Its scientific name is Vernonia but is known to some countries as Ironweed. In the Philippines, Tagulinaw is especially recognizable as a weed with small purple flowers. The plant is a typical weed and endemic in the Philippines.

Tagulinaw is lately making waves for being a medicinal plant. It was traditionally used as a medicinal herb for the treatment of fever, headache and muscle pain. Still others use the weed as treatment for ulcer, cough, indigestion, sore throat and wound swelling. It suddenly caught medical attention and public interest for its power for treating or managing diabetes.

According to initial studies on rats, the plant possesses antihyperglycemic effect particularly enhancing glucose tolerance and reducing blood glucose as well as total cholesterol level. The herb therefore shows potential for managing or regulating blood glucose levels.

Tagulinaw is an edible plant. However, no known food dish is created using the particular plant. The plant which looks like an ordinary grass tasted flat. Nutritionists can potentially use the plant to invent dishes that can be used as part of the diet plan for diabetic patients.

It must be noted however that all the findings and studies about Tagulinaw plant remains under tasting and further studies. The successful findings in study used rats as guinea pigs for the study. They are not actually tested on humans. However, some traditional folks claim that they have been using the plant for curing other illness. However, as an herb for managing diabetes, the idea remains under study. Thus, it would be advisable for diabetic patients to still consult their physicians before eating or using Tagulinaw herbal concoctions in their diet.

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