Other Names: Cat’s whisker, Java Tea, Kumis Kutjing
Cleverly named balbas-pusa (literally: moustache of cat) for its long white
stamens in its flowers which resembles cat’s whisker, this herb can traced its
origin in the South East Asia. It is common in the Philippines particularly in
the northern island and is traditionally used in various symptoms and ailments.
In Malaysia and Indonesia, kumis kutjing is made into a tea and is used in
treatment of diseases in kidney and bladder. It has a very good diuretic
property which is the main reason in its action of alleviating urinary problems.
This factor is also believe to cause dissolution of kidney and urinary stones
and can flush out excess fluids and uric acids form the joints thereby reducing
the pain in arthritic patients. The herb has a high potassium content which
provides good replacement for this mineral loss during frequent urination as an
effect of its diuretic component.
Recent important medicinal action by orthosiphon aristatus that is gaining
ground in the herbal world is its anti-hypertensive property.
Methylripariochromene A (MRC) isolated from its leaves showed significant result
that lowers blood pressure, most notably the systolic portion. It is theorized
that it has a vasoldilating action that makes blood vessels more patent for
blood flow thereby decreasing the blood resistance and in turn decreases the
Other medicinal benefits that can be obtain form balbas pusa are anti-allergic
effects as well as anti-inflammatory action to boost its effects in treating
patient with gouty arthritis. Its capillary and circulatory functions can help
patients with arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular disorder. It also showed
promising result in managing diabetes and obesity.
A daily cup of Daily Apple Balbas Pusa Tea can help relieve
your urinary problems. It can also help in preventing stone formation in your
urinary system and can facilitate good waste elimination through smooth