Paragis: A ‘Miracle’ plant?*

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THESE days, people are talking about the new “miracle” plant, Paragis, because of its alleged benefits and power to cure various ailments, including cancer.

Paragis used to be almost everywhere but not since its medical potential and benefits to those who suffer from minor to severe illnesses were discovered. Paragis is known by many names which include goose grass, wild grass, carabao grass and dog’s tail. Its scientific name, however, is Eleusine Indica.

Paragis generally is a tropical plant and can usually be found in river banks and along the roads. It is actually a weed and was reportedly first used as an alternative medicine in Africa.

The Aetas of Zambales are known to use Paragis to lower fever, against inflammation and a natural antihistamine or anti-allergy treatment. Burnt leaves of dried paragis can also be used as insect repellant.

Nevertheless, despite its alleged many uses and absence of toxicity history, Paragis is still not recommended as an alternative medicine by the Philippine Department of Health’s (DOH) unlike guyabano which is suggested to fight cancer and tawa-tawa for dengue.

Benefits of Paragis

According to a number of testimonials, Paragis is a powerful diuretic and can be used to cure cystitis, urinary infections, gallstone, bladder, kidney stone, high blood pressure, spleen dysentery, heart, lung and liver problems. It can also be used in deworming.

Moreover, Paragis leaves reportedly can be used for sprains, dislocation of bones and lumbago or discomfort in the lower back area. It is also allegedly best for coughs, flu, asthma and the common colds.

Because of Paragis’ alleged anti-oxidant properties, it can lower the risk of growing cancer cell in the body.

Preparation of paragis for treatment

It is also claimed that drinking paragis tea on a daily basis can make ovarian cyst and myoma completely disappear. For arthritis, pounded Paragis leaves are supposed to be heated and mixed with scraped coconut before being applied to the affected area. Instant relief from sprain can be reportedly achieved if minced leaves are applied.

For those with kidney problems, drinking boiled paragis leaves daily is said to be  like taking a diuretic medicine as it makes the kidney to expel excess water and salt in the body in urine form.

The plant concentrate or decoction, which can be obtained through heating or boiling it, can also stop wound bleeding and lowers the risk of high blood pressure. It can also allegedly fight diarrhea.

Paragis mixed with coconut oil is also said to be good against dandruff and could prevent hair loss.

Other illnesses that can be allegedly cured by Paragis are malaria, jaundice, epilepsy, infertility in women and hemoptysis, among others.


* Beyond Deadlines recommends consulting your doctor first before taking any alternative medicine.

Janet Rebusio-Ducayag
Janet Rebusio-Ducayag, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree holder from the Lyceum of the Philippine University, began her news writing career with the Philippines' Journal Group of Publications as an investigative reporter shortly before the 1986 EDSA Revolt. She also used to write for several publications in the Mariana Islands which include the Saipan based Marianas Review and the Guam's Junction News before joining Beyond Deadlines.

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