Orthosiphon stamineus benth.
Other names: kidney tea, cat whiskers
Botanical characteristics. Family gibotsvetnye. Evergreen shrub with greenish-purple tetrahedral strongly branched stems up to 80 cm in height. The leaves are oblong or elliptical, opposite. Small pale purple flowers are collected in apical pyramidal inflorescences. It blooms in July and August. On our plantations almost no seed forms.
Spread. In the wild in our country is not found. Cultivated as a medicinal plant in the subtropics of Georgia.
Used plant parts.
Leaves and leafy tops.
The plant contains essential oil, glycoside orthocyphonin, saponins and tannins.
It has a hypotensive effect, normalizes metabolism, is a strong diuretic, removes urea, uric acid and chlorides from the body.
The herb is used for hypertension, atherosclerosis, uric acid diathesis and gout.
Kidney tea is effective for edema caused by cardiovascular failure.
Especially shown are renal tea preparations for acute and chronic diseases of the kidneys and bladder: glomerulonephritis, pyelonephritis, kidney stones, cystitis and urethritis.
The plant has a beneficial effect in gastritis with low acidity of gastric juice, as well as cholecystitis and liver disease.
Cooking 1-2 tablespoons infused with 2 cups boiling water (in a thermos); the next day, the infusion is drunk in 3 doses for 20-40 minutes before meals.