Had it not for social media, I would have forever hated the ubiquitous weed called Paragis. I had no inkling it’s loaded with a significant number of curative properties.
It’s not a new discovery. In fact, people in the olden times have been using paragis, a certain weed believed to have several curative properties. Even some of the present generation (me not included) has carried on the practice. I didn’t have any Inkling that the weed that grows among our crops offers tons of benefits. Not until it went viral on social media recently.
Commonly called goosegrass or wire grass in English, paragis is a tufted and glabrous grass. It thrives in warm countries, particularly in most regions of Asia and Africa. But there are also pieces of evidence that some of its varieties grow in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South and Central America, and some parts of Europe. Many propositions came up regarding paragis’ scientific name. One of the accepted ones is Eleusine indica. This is the type that persistently grows in our garden.
Paragis is also called by different local terms, depending on the dialects or country where it grows. It’s ubiquitous.
In the Philippines, where I am from, paragis is found practically everywhere. Aside from gardens and farms, you will see it along river banks, on the roadsides, and even on little cracks of pavements.
All the while, I thought only the cattle are happy with paragis. It’s one of the bovine’s food, especially in the rural Philippines. I hated the presence of this weed in our garden because it steals away the nutrients in the soil that are supposed to feed our plants. I hated it because it’s the most difficult weed to uproot. But that was before I learned of its benefits to mankind.
Paragis’ curative properties
Curious that I always have been, I decided to look into why many of my peers talked about and resorted to using paragis. I found out that the weed is antihelmintic, diuretic, diaphoretic, and febrifuge. These must be one of the reasons that their health complaints are cured.
Studies made by experts also show that the weed contains these important properties:
- Pancreatic lipase inhibitory
Since we are surrounded by paragis, I tried making a tea out of the weed. As the instructions stated, I boiled it – the whole weed including its roots – in a liter of water for 10 minutes, and drank its extract. Although I don’t have any health complaints, I guess its antioxidant property worked for me. I perspired beyond normal hours after I drank a glass of the tea. I felt a sort of cleansing inside me. Or, was it only my imagination? Whatever it may be, all I know is that I just felt light. I think I’d be using it more often, for internal cleansing purposes.
I do recognize the Department of Health’s refusal to officially acknowledge paragis as a medicinal plant. It’s understandable considering that studies to prove the efficacy of a product takes decades.
But I think there’s no harm in using it as a home remedy. Besides, if the cattle did not die from consuming it, I believe it wouldn’t harm the people who use it, either.