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Overview Information

Euphorbia hirta is an herb. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Euphorbia hirta is used for breathing disorders, dengue fever, digestive problems, severe diarrhea (dysentery), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

There isn't enough reliable information to know how Euphorbia hirta might work.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Asthma.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Coughs.
  • Dengue fever.
  • Hay fever.
  • Tumors.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Intestinal worms.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Euphorbia hirta for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Euphorbia hirta is safe. It might cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Euphorbia hirta is safe. It might cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take Euphorbia hirta by mouth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. There is some evidence that it might cause the uterus to contract, and this could cause a miscarriage.

Stomach or intestinal problems: Euphorbia hirta can irritate the stomach and intestines. Don't use it if you have a stomach or intestinal disorder.



We currently have no information for EUPHORBIA HIRTA Interactions.



The appropriate dose of Euphorbia hirta depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Euphorbia hirta. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Agrawal, D. K., Chandra, J., and Raju, T. V. Clinical studies of Euphorbia acaulis, Rox b. in cases of eczema--a preliminary report. Indian J.Dermatol. 1971;16(3):57-59. View abstract.
  • Ghen, Y., Tang, Z. J., Jiang, F. X., Zhang, X. X., and Lao, A. N. [Studies on the active principles of Ze-Qi (Euphorbia helioscopia L.), a drug used for chronic bronchitis (I) (author's transl)]. Yao Xue.Xue.Bao. 1979;14(2):91-95. View abstract.
  • Liu, Y. X., Wang, M. Z., and Sun, X. F. [Clinical analysis of 72 epileptic patients treated with alkaline extract of Euphorbia fisheriana]. Zhongguo Zhong.Xi.Yi.Jie.He.Za Zhi. 1994;14(5):282-4, 261. View abstract.
  • Yam, A. A., Gaye, F., Dieme, F. A., Bassene, E., and Ba, I. [Application of phytotherapy in odontology: the case of Euphorbia balsamifera. Endodontic clinical trial]. Dakar Med. 1997;42(2):169-171. View abstract.
  • Mir M, Khurshid R, Aftab R. Management of thrombocytopenia and flu-like symptoms in dengue patients with herbal water of Euphorbia hirta. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2012;24(3-4):6-9. View abstract.

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