BBRA - A Nutritionist's Corner - Misai Kuching.
We have right in our garden a very lovely looking whitish flower that looks like the whiskers of a cat. It is known as Misai Kuching (Orthosiphon species) or Remujung.
Misai Kuching is used for the treatment of a variety of ailments – gout, arthritis, rheumatism and similar inflammatory conditions.
It is also used as a remedy for kidney stones and can be useful as part of a detoxification programme as it would safely help escort acids out of joint.
It is :
A safe and effective mild herbal diuretic, it causes the body to throw out excess fluids.
It has a mild but sustained anti-inflammatory effect that could be used in arthritic conditions.
Misai Kuching basically flushes out the body acids that irritate and inflame joints. It also seems to gently flush out excess water from the joints.
It contains ample potassium to replace what is lost from the body in the diuretic process. It does not provoke or aggravate the kidneys like modern diuretic drugs do.
Clinical trials have confirmed the plant’s positive effect in the treatment of kidney stones (which are merely compacted acid salts).
It seems to remove uric acid and is commonly used as remedy for gout.
Misal Kuching leaves are slowly brewed in hot water, allowing the water-soluble active ingredients to enter into the solution.
The old housewife’s remedy is to boil a handful of fresh leaves.
Increasingly, the leaves are dried and a hot water infusion is made as and when needed.
Taking the Misai Kuching tea can cause you to urinate more often in response to the diuretic action. To avoid dehydration, just drink more water.