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Orthosiphon aristatus
Cat's Whiskers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Orthosiphon
Species: O. aristatus
Binomial name
Orthosiphon aristatus
(Blume) Miq.

Orthosiphon aristatus is from the family of Lippenblütengewächse/Lamiaceae/Labiatae. The plant is a medicinal herb found mainly throughout South East Asia and tropical Australia. It is known as pokok misai kucing in Malay.

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Medicinal uses

It is trusted for many centuries for treating ailments of the kidney, bladder stone, urinary tract infection, liver and bladder problems, diabetes, rheumatism and gout. And, it is also used to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Forward, it is believed to have antiallergic, antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. Furthermore, it is used as a remedy for arteriosclerosis (capillary and circulatory disorders), kidney stones, diabetes and nephritis.

Moreover, it has a mild diuretic action, so it is very useful for flushing the kidneys and urinary tract. Then, it also relieves spasms of the smooth muscle in the walls of the internal organs, making it valuable for gallbladder problems. Researchers have found it to be mildly antiseptic as well.

Synonyms

It (misai kucing) is also known as Kumis Kuching (kumis kucing) or Remujung. Other names for Misai Kuching are Orthosiphon Stamineus Benth, Orthosiphon Aristatus, Orthosiphonblaetter, Indisher Nierentee, Feuilles de Barbiflore, Java Tea, Javatee, Kidney Tea, Koemis Koetjing and Yaa Nuat Maeo.

Because of the characteristic form of its flowers, it is also known as Cat's whiskers.

In Visayas,Philippines (especially in Cebu), cat's whiskers is known as wachichao. It is now used for commercial medicinal tea (wachichao as the brand name itself) that is approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD).

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which bureau of food and drug? why do you put a link in when you cannot support it? Misleading isn't it?

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Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Orthosiphon aristatus

Taxonavigation

Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Nepetoideae
Tribus: Ocimeae
Genus: Orthosiphon
Species: Orthosiphon aristatus

Name

Orthosiphon aristatus (Blume) Miq.

References

  • Flora van Nederlandsch Indie 2:943. 1858
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 28-Oct-07]. 411815

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