Hibiscus (Fu Rong)

Hibiscus (Fu Rong)

Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Eastern: H. sabdariffa.

Native to Angola, hibiscus has been used by North Africans to support respiratory health. Traditionally it has been used in Iran to support normal blood pressure levels, a function that modern science has confirmed. It is also well known for its abilities to help regulate cholesterol levels, treat sunstroke, and counter the effects of too much alcohol. The two varieties of hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and H. sabdariffa) have similar properties.

Below is an overview of Hibiscus (Fu Rong), combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Hibiscus (Fu Rong).

Have we sparked your interest?

Sign up, FREE, for access to all of WRI Healing Herb Fact Sheets and Exclusive Member Only Offers! Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Find Out More!

Take full advantage of the healing powers of herbs! What do they treat? How can they be used? Get an Eastern and Western perspective about how and why healing herbs works. Get recipes, gardening tips, insights, and much, much more.


Western Name: Hibiscus

Also Known As: Chinese Hibiscus, China Rose, Hawaiian Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Shoeblackplant, Aqua de Jamaica, Orhul, Gul e Khatmi

Organs/Systems: Immune System, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System

Key Actions: Mild Laxative, Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anti-aging, Digestive, Heart Tonic, Anticancer

Medicinal Uses: Diabetes, lowers blood sugar levels, lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, increases production of breast milk, constipation, intestinal cramping, uterine cramping, inflammation, worms, urinary tract infections, leukorrhea, loose stools, weight loss, colds, edema, nausea, loss of appetite, neuropathies, supports immune health, candida, lower body glucose and starch absorption.


Pin Yin: Fu Rong (H. rosa-sinensis)

Also Known As: Mei Gui Qie (Rosella flower buds/H. sabdariffa), Khrachiap Dang, Datchang, Tengamora

Meridians: Lung, Kidney

Key Actions: Relieves Coughing and Wheezing, Transforms Phlegm, Cools Summer Heat, Nourishes Spleen Qi, Promotes Body Fluids, Clears Toxins

Medicinal Uses: Hibiscus/Fu Rong (H. rosa-sinensis) and Rosella Flower Buds/Mei Gui Qie (H. sabdariffa): Cough, wheezing, hypertension, hangovers, promote urination, counteract toxicity, promote production of body fluids, thirst due to heat, sun stroke, Topically used for treating shingles, promote appetite, supports the liver. Supports hair, skin, and women’s health.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Hibiscus is in the family Malvaceae.

Native to Angola, hibiscus is now cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions. Especially in sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Mexico, and China.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Hibiscus is in the family Malvaceae.

Native to Angola, hibiscus is now cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions. Especially in sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Mexico, and China.

Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower, Flower Buds, Crushed LeavesHibiscus (Fu Rong)

Flavors/Temps: Hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis) and Rosella flower buds (H. sabdariffa): Sour, Slightly Sweet, Cool, Warm.

Caution: Hibiscus of either variety is generally considered safe. An edible herb, taken in proper doses is considered safe. Not recommended for pregnant women as it can increase the flow of blood.

History/Folklore: Hibiscus has a long history of use in Egypt, Sudan, Iran, and North Africa for treating supporting respiratory function, and improving heart health by managing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, encouraging fluid balance, and improving circulation. In Africa, the tea was also used to treat constipation, cancer, liver disease, and the pulp made from the leaves was used to apply to the skin to heal wounds.

The Egyptians also used hibiscus to lower body temperature and treat nerve diseases.

Hibiscus is used to treat sunstroke, hangovers, and can be used externally as a poultice to treat shingles.

Similar to cranberry, hibiscus extract can be used to treat bacterial and urinary tract infections (UTI). Compared to cranberry, hibiscus has a stronger antimicrobial effect, particularly against Candida albicans.

Hibiscus is an excellent source of Vitamin C, contributing to the herbs antioxidant and immune enhancing properties and making it an excellent tea for promoting healthy skin. The flower’s petals are edible can be enjoyed either fresh or dried. They make a wonderful garnish for desserts.

In the Carribean islands hibiscus is called sorrel. It is popularly used to make a cooling summer drink enjoyed on hot days.

In Africa, hibiscus flower is a symbol of a perfect wife or woman. In Victorian times, it meant the giver was acknowledging the receiver’s delicate beauty. In China, the flower symbolizes the fleeting nature and beauty of fame or personal glory. The flower has traditionally been given to both men and women.

Want Hibiscus (Fu Rong)?

Here are some options…

Key Constituents:

Citric acid, Malic acid, tartaric acid, Hibiscus acid (Allo-hydroxycitric acid), Alkaloid, Anthocyanins, Quercetin, Vitamin C, Calcium, Chromium.
Did you know?

National Flower

Hibiscus is the national flower of South Korea.


Hibiscus is an effective remedy for hangovers. It improves hydration and can help calm the digestive tract.
Fun fact!

Sour Tea

In Iran, where the herb has been traditionally used to support heart health by regulating blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a popular summer drink, “sour tea” is made from hibiscus and enjoyed by all. It can help treat sunstroke.

FREE Trial!

Get a NEW Healing Herb Fact Sheet each week!

Sign up for immediate access to your first Healing Herb Fact Sheet and a one month free trial. Find out for yourself why over 50,000 people have already signed up.

Sign Up Now

Choose the Right Herbs for You!

Take FULL Advantage of the Healing Powers of Herbs!

Our Healing Herb Library is a collection of How to Use Herb Health Sessions that guide you through individual herbs, helping you to take full advantage of each herb’s unique healing powers.

Learn More

Flower Your World with Healing Herb Fact Sheets!

Get 300+ Fact Sheets,
Right Now!

Get IMMEDIATE access to Our Complete Collection of 6 eBook Volumes containing 300+ Healing Herb Fact Sheets.

Learn More

Want to Learn More?

Join us for FREE to receive Special Offers and updates about upcoming releases, FREE training sessions and materials, and much more.
Join, FREE!

Disclosure: If you purchase from some links on this web page, we may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, we only ever mention products we would recommend whether we were being compensated or not. Thank you so much for your support of White Rabbit Institute of Healing!

ATTENTION: All material provided on this website is for informational or educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your healthcare professional or physician. Redistribution permitted with attribution. Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be Whole. Be Free.

ATENCIÓN: Todo el material proporcionado en este sitio web es sólo con fines informativos o educativos. No es sustituto del consejo de su profesional de la salud o médico. Esté sano. Sea feliz. Siéntase completo. Sea libre.

Health Break: Detox, Strengthen & Cleanse

Join our next 30-Day “Love Your Liver” Detox Challenge!

A Health Boost and Reset to Balance Body, Mind, & Spirit Using Traditional Chinese Medicine. You'll also recieve our Free Healing Herb Fact Sheets and latest news. Your privacy is guaranteed.

Thank you, you have joined our wait list! We'll let you know when our next 30-Day “Love Your Liver” Detox Challenge is open.

Healing Herb Fact Sheets

Download. Print. Share.

Complete the form below for immediate access to ALL our Herb Fact Sheets.

Thank you for joining us! Please check your email for details on how to access our free Healing Herb Fact Sheets. Be sure to check your spam folder and promotions tab if you have one.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This