Java Tea

Java Tea (Mao Xu Cao)Java Tea (Mao Xu Cao)

Botanical Name: Orthosiphon aristatus (AKA O. stamineus)

Java tea has been found to protect the renal and gastrointestinal organs and passage ways. It is also said to help reduce the effects of allergies and asthma.  It is most famous for its anti-inflammatory and urinary health benefits, helping to prevent kidney stones. Java tea is also good at relieving stress and fatigue and has strong antioxidant properties that help protect against free-radical damage and the signs of aging. A daily cup of java tea is said to lower cholesterol, increase brain activity and memory as well as increasing overall brain functionality.

Below is an overview of Java Tea, 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 Java Tea.

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Western

Western Name: Java Tea

Also Known As: Arjak, Cat’s Whiskers, Java

Organs/Systems: Liver, Bladder, Kidney

Key Actions: Diuretic, Antispasmodic, Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antidiabetic

Medicinal Uses: Urinary tract infections (UTI’s), kidney stones, regulate blood sugar, anxiety, asthma, wheezing, allergies, supports kidney function.

Eastern

Pin Yin: Mao Xu Cao

Also Known As: Misai Kuching, Kidney Tea

Meridians: Kidney, Liver

Key Actions: Tonifies Kidney and Liver Qi, Stabilizes and Binds, Resolves Damp, Calms Liver Qi, Clears Wind Damp

Medicinal Uses: Kidney stones, bladder infections, joint pain, gout, balance blood glucose, improve circulation, increase energy and fitness, weight loss, headaches, dizziness, epilepsy, tetanus, infantile convulsions, headaches, numbness, hemiplegia, nephritis.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Java tea is easily identified by its white or purple lilac colored flowers that resemble cat whiskers. It is a perennial plant in the Lamiaceae family.

Java Tea grows widely in tropical areas. It is native to Asia and Australia.

Java Tea (Mao Xu Cao)Parts Most Frequently Used: Leaf, Stem Tip, Flower, Root, Seed

Flavors/Temps: Bitter

Caution: Considered safe. But be aware: prolonged use can increase the loss of potassium and minerals.

History/Folklore: Java Tea is a very popular herbal tea in Southeast Asia.  It is listed in French, Indonesian, Dutch, and Swiss pharmacopoeias as a remedy for kidney ailments.  It has been used in Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Javanese Islands for centuries.

The plant, Orthosiphon aristatus, also called “cat’s whiskers,” is a beautiful, and hardy, ornamental garden plant.  It is a distant relative to the basil family and is noted for its aromatic leaves.  When it is used medicinally it is called “java tea.”

Typically the leaves and stem tips are used, but the roots and seeds can also be used medicinally though they are poisonous so need to be properly prepared. The plant is best when freshly picked, though dried leaves and flowers are also used.

In China and Asia, the leaves can be chewed and stuffed into teeth with cavities to relieve pain and swelling. Java tea is generally considered to be an excellent kidney tonic and is widely used to treat a wide variety of kidney related issues.

Blending java tea with oregano, is a remedy for mild asthma and whooping cough.

The leaves when brewed will smell similar to mint or basil and if brewed with the flowers will smell similar to camellia blossoms.

Key Constituents:

Terpenes, Flavonoids, Caffeic acid, Essential oils, the Polyphenol, Sinensetin, Sisterol, Ursolic acid, and large amounts of Potassium.
Did you know?

Irrigation Therapy

Using Java Tea medicinally is sometimes referred to as “irrigation therapy” as it is used with lots of fluids to increase urination.
Facts

Recipe for Kidney Health

Boiling 5 to 6 java tea leaves in one cup of water, once a day, is good for the kidneys.
Fun fact!

Treat Diabetes Symptoms

Extract java tea juice by crushing a few leaves and taking a half teaspoon of the juice three times a day to help treat the symptoms of diabetes.

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