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|Hibiscus a Remedy??|
|12/31/01 at 06:21:35|
Latin name: Hibiscus sabdariffa
Other names: Guinea Sorrel, Jamaica Sorrel, Red Sorrel, Roselle
A Remedy For
Hibiscus flower is sometimes recommended for indigestion and loss of appetite, although its effectiveness for these problems has not been verified. Also unsubstantiated is its use as a remedy for colds, respiratory inflammation, phlegm, constipation, water retention, and circulation disorders.
What It Is; Why It Works
As herbal remedies go, Hibiscus is quite new to the scene. It wasn't until the 20th century that it began to appear in herbal tea mixtures. Hibiscus tea does have a laxative effect due to its high content of poorly absorbable fruit acids. Researchers have also found that extracts of Hibiscus leaf tend to relax the uterus and reduce blood pressure. None of these effects is pronounced enough to have won the herb a major following, however.
The Hibiscus plant, a small, bushy annual with spectacular red and yellow blooms, originated near the source of the Niger river in Africa, but is now grown worldwide. Only the blossom is used medicinally.
No known medical conditions preclude the use of Hibiscus.
No problems or side effects have been documented.
Possible Drug Interactions
No interactions have been reported.
Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare
To make a tea, pour boiling water over 1.5 grams of crushed Hibiscus blossoms, steep for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain.
No recommendations are on record.
No information on overdosage is available.
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