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Ex-Baguio doctor says tawa-tawa plant can raise blood platelets in dengue patients

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Cordillera - A former assistant health officer of the city of Baguio has proven the efficacy of taking tawa-tawa to increase blood platelets in dengue patients. 

Dr. John Tinoyan said his own trial of the tawa-tawa plant which naturally grows on the roads have properties that can increase platelet and red blood cells of patients suffering from dengue virus.  

According to Dr. Tinoyan, he tried the plant to his grandchild and the caregiver who were both hospitalized due to dengue. 

"I was not afraid because I want my apo to get well. I got the plant, dried it, pounded it and capsulized it and sent it to Manila. They took it while they were hospitalized and three days after, they were out of the hospital," Dr. Tinoyan said via PNA News.

He also tried the plant to other patients who were receiving treatment at a hospital and he noted that none of the patients subjected to the tawa-tawa plants were on the brink of death. 

His trials that got him positive results convinced him about the effectiveness of this plant and began to place the capsule in the emergency kit of the EMS to be given to dengue patients for free. 

Dr. Tinoyan said the plant can be either made as powder and capsulized or as dried, pounded and added in water and drink it like a tea. 

In 2013, students of the University of Sto Tomas (UST) studied tawa-tawa to verify its effects to dengue fever patients showing  a symptom of thrombocytopenia (low platelet count due to excessive bleeding).

In the study, the students used chloramphenicol, ethanol and heparin to induce thrombocytopenia on rat models, mimicking dengue hemorrhagic fever. They administered tawa-tawa decoction to the sample groups and collected blood samples to check for platelet count, bleeding time and blood clotting time in several stages of the experiment. 
Results showed that platelet count increased by 47% depending on the drug used to induce thrombocytopenia. Bleeding time was reduced up to 62% while blood clotting time decreased to 58% compared to the controlled groups. 

The study found out that tawa-tawa was able to promote cell production, and prevents platelet destruction. It was also found out that it can preserve and promote the hemostatic function of platelets. http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph
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