Orthosiphon Tea Health Benefits

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Orthosiphon tea, or Javan tea, has been used in Indonesia and other southeast Asian countries for many years. It was introduced to Europe in the late 19th century by Dutch traders. Its pleasant aroma and remarkable medicinal properties have made it spread worldwide.

cup of orthosiphon tea with tea pot in the background

Orthosiphon Tea Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific Name: Orthosiphon grandiflorus Bold.
  2. Other Names: Javan tea.
  3. French: Orthosiphon.
  4. Spanish: Ortosifon.
  5. Environment: Native to the island of Java (Indonesia) and spread all over Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, the Philippines, and northwest Australia.
  6. Description: Vivacious plant of the Labiatae family, growing from 40 to 60 cm high, with a quadrangular stem and spiked flower clusters, purple, bluish, or white.
  7. Parts of the plant used medicinally: Leaves and flowers.

Healing Properties

Though the composition of orthosiphon tea plant is still not well-known, it contains a high amount of potassium salts, to which it owes its diuretic properties and a bitter component that explains its cholagogue properties. Moreover, it contains terpenic derivatives (orthosiphonol), saponins, choline, and essential oil.

Energetic diuretic – It promotes the elimination of nitrogenic organic waste (especially urea). It is recommended for renal insufficiency, retention of fluids (edema and ascitis), and renal lithiasis. However, its main application complements weight loss diets due to its diuretic, depurative, and anticholesterol properties. How it reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood is still unknown.

Cholagogue – It is used for disorders of gall bladder dysfunction, generally caused by atony (laziness) of the gall bladder. Because of its cholagogue properties, it promotes the emptying of bile.

How to use Orthosiphon Tea

  1. Infusion with 20 to 30 grams of leaves and flowers per liter of water, drinking one cup before each meal.

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George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 653. Print.

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