Monday, July 13, 2009

Healing Garden: Misai Kuching (猫须草)

Local Name : Misai Kuching
Scientific Name : Orthosiphon aristatus /stamineus benth
Others Name : Kumis kucing, cat whisker, kabling gubat, remujung, Javatee,Lamiaceae, Orthosiphon Aristatus, Orthosiphonblaetter,Indisher Nierentee, Feuilles de Barbiflore, Java Tea, Kidney Tea, KoemisKoetjing and Yaa Nuat Maeo.
Latin name : Orthosiphon spicatus
Famili : Lamiaceae

These herbs have been trusted for years to support the urinary tract and kidneys. Orthosiphon aristatus Miq is believed to promote the elimination of fluids, nitrogenous substances, and sodium chloride. The whole plant has been used for treatment of kidney diseases and dysuria with urinary stones. According to clinical studies, infusion of dried leaf has diuretic effect and increases uric acid excretion. Orthosiphon aristatus Miq is rich in potassium.

The Misai Kucing or translated to English -'Cat Whiskers' is not only known for its ornamental value in South East Asia but is sought after by research bodies worldwide for study of its innate medicinal value. This herb has been identified as an alternative treatment for ailments associated with joint inflammation and kidney stones.

Its inherent high potassium content is sufficient to balance any the loss of potassium arising from tne diuretic effect. In addition, this plant is also reported to possess anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

This plant is best used for treating the ailments or problems of kidney and bladder due to it's mild diuretic action. It is believed to have antiallergenic, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.It is used as a remedy for kidney stone and nephretis. It is also used for treating gout, diabetes, hypertension and rheumatism. It is also reported to possess antifungal and it exhibits considerable antibacterial activity.

It is believed to have antiallergic, antihypertensive, antiinflammatory and diuretic properties. It is used as a remedy for arteriosclerosis (capillary and circulatory disorders), kidney stones, diabetes and nephritis.

It is trusted for many centuries for treating ailments of the kidney, bladder stone, urinary tract infection, liver and bladder problems, diabetes, rheumatism and gout. It is also used to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.

Misai Kuching has a mild diuretic action, so it is very useful for flushing the kidneys and urinary tract. It also relieves spasms of the smooth muscle in the walls of the internal organs, making it valuable for gallbladder problems. Researchers have found it to be mildly antiseptic as well.

Summary, it's good for:-
gout (it removes urea acid),
diabetes by balancing blood sugar levels
high blood pressure
removing toxins
revitalise our energy
regeneration and building of new cells
balancing our body systems


Misai Kuching @ my Healing Garden

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