Misai Kucing Teabag 20’s
Misai Kucing is a medicinal herb found mainly throughout South East Asia and tropical Australia which can grow to a height of 1.5m. Misai Kucing belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Misai Kuching is also known as Kumis kucing, cat whisker, kabling gubat, remujung, Javatee, Lamiaceae, Indisher Nierentee, Feuilles de Barbiflore, Java Tea, Kidney Tea, KoemisKoetjing and Yaa Nuat Maeo. Misai Kucing scientific name is Orthosiphon stamineus/ benth. In Malaysia, it is popularly known as Misai Kucing in lay man’s term. The reason the plant is named Misai Kucing ( Cat’s whiskers) is because of its flower’s fine filaments that resembles cat’s whiskers. Below are the pictures of Misai Kucing.
Misai Kucing’s leaves are arranged in opposite pairs. The leaves are simple, green in colour, glabrous with a lanceolate leaf blade and a serrate margin. The petiole is relatively short, about 0.3cm in length and is in purplish red colour while the stem is quadrangle and red in colour.
Almost all parts of the plant can be used but usually only the leaves are being used. The healing power of misai kucing plant is because of its great chemical contents such as
– Caryophylene epoxide
– Scutellarine tetramethyl ethers
– 5-hydroxy-6, 7’,3′,4’– tetramethoxyflavone
– 6-hydroxy-5, 7’,4′– trimethoxyflavone
– Rosmaric acid
– Diterpene ester
– Orthosiphole A to E (diterpene dibenzoyl diacetyl ester of primarane type)
– Neoorthosiphol A and B
– Orthosiphole F to J
– Staminol A and B
– Norstaminol A
– Orthochromene A (benzochromene)
– Aglycone hederagenin (Triterpene saponins)
– Alpha-carotene oxide
– Aurantiamide acetate
– Oleanolic acid
– Ursolic acid
– Betulinic acid
There are total 35 benefitial chemical constituents in Misai Kucing plant. With these benifitial chemical constituents , Misai Kucing is able to treat the following conditions effectively.
i) Kidney stones. 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.
ii) Urinary tract infections. Misai Kucing has the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.Thus, drinking Misai Kucing tea is able to treat urinary tract infections.
iii) Rheumatism and gout. Rheumatism and gout are the bane of many elderly in this modern age due to increased meat/protein consumption and a sedentary life. These conditions involve a build-up of acid and metabolic wastes within the muscles and joints. This leads to reduced circulation around joint which results in painful swelling in addition, in time may lead to joint destruction. By consuming Misai Kucing, it is able to help to remove the metabolic waster from our body and thus relieving rheumatism.
iv) Circulatory disorders. Misai Kucing is the remedy for blood vessels and circulatory problems.
v) Diabetes. Misai Kucing is able to help to stabilize a diabetic’s sugar levels.
vi) High blood pressure. Misai Kucing inhibits blood platelet fromsticking together. It is also used to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. A study by Fukuyama University in Japan showed that extracts of Misai Kucing given to lab rat can lower blood pressure. It also has active substance that can reduce and prevent diseases and disorders. Misai Kucing has powerful hemolytics.When injected into the blood stream, it is able to dissolve red blood cells at even extreme dilutions.
Vii) Inflamation. Misai Kucing has anti inflammatory and anti alergic properties that can help to reduce swelling.Research showed that it has anti-inflammatory agents that are not steroids. It is also believed to enhance the functioning of the immune system and reproductive system.
Besides, Misai Kucing is also rich in antioxidant that is important to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.
In a conclusion, Misai Kucing brings lots of benefits to our body. Nowadays, Misai Kucing is very common and is used in many of the formulations of products where safe diuretic action is required such as detoxification, water retention, hypertension, weight loss and for kidney stones. The products appear in form of tablets, capsules, tea sachets , drinks, raw herbs, dried leaves or extracts. So, it is no longer “an apple a day” but “a cup of Misai Kucing a day” keeps the doctor away!!