Cat’s Whiskers: Orthosiphon aristatus

15 September 2016

Cat’s Whiskers is thus called because the flowers look just like the whiskers of a cat.




Cats Whiskers

Cat’s Whiskers is named for the striking, long stamens or cat’s whiskers on the pretty flowers stalks.

Medicinal Uses

Many people will have heard of Java Tea which is how O. aristatus is usually marketed to the public. It is very popular is SE Asia and is called Kidney Tea in Europe and India. Java Tea is used to treat mild kidney symptoms in conjunction with drinking lots of fluids to flush out the bladder. To make your own tea simply place 2-3 grams of finely chopped leaves into a cup and pour over 150 mls of boiling water. Let is steep for 10-15 minutes and then strain. Java Tea or Cat’s Whiskers is often used in conjunction with other herbs recommended for kidney health.

This plant has a long history of medicinal use and is considered to be anti-hypertensive, diuretic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It has been used for urinary tract infections, nephritis, kidney stones, gout, rheumatism, jaundice and diabetes. Most of its recommended uses relate to kidney and bladder function however studies regarding the effectiveness are not yet conclusive.

O. aristatus contains the diterpenes orthosphol and orthosiphon, as well as saponins, rosmarinic acid and lipophilic flavonoids. Only the above ground parts of the plant are used as other parts as potentially toxic. Leaves should be harvested when the plant is in bloom. Please use herbs with diuretic action in consultation with your doctor if you are on prescription medication. For example, lithium may not be excreted properly when using diuretics and a higher concentration may remain in the body affecting the dosage level.

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

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