Martina Feichter

Martina Feichter studied biology in Innsbruck with an optional subject in pharmacy and also immersed herself in the world of medicinal plants. From there it was not far to other medical topics that still captivate her today. She trained as a journalist at the Axel Springer Academy in Hamburg and has been working for lifelikeinc.com since 2007 - first as an editor and since 2012 as a freelance author.

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The healing power of orthosiphon (Cat's Beard) is in the leaves: its diuretic effect helps against bacterial or inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and kidney semolina. Read more about the healing power of Orthosiphon!

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What healing power is in Orthosiphon?

Orthosiphon (cat beard) has primarily a diuretic (diuretic) effect. In addition, antimicrobial properties have been described, ie an action against microorganisms such as bacteria. Medically recognized is the use of Orthosiphon as a traditional herbal medicine:

  • as a flushing therapy for bacterial and inflammatory complaints of the urinary tract
  • for treating kidney semolina (small kidney stones)

The dried leaves and branch tips of Orthosiphon are used medicinally. They contain, among others, flavonoids (such as sinensetin), caffeic acid derivatives (such as rosmarinic acid), small amounts of essential oil and oxygenated diterpenes (such as Orthosiphol).

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How is orthosiphon used?

Orthosiphon is often taken as tea, either by making the tea itself from the loose drug or using instant teas. In addition, one uses the dry extract of the medicinal plant for the production of finished preparations such as tablets or capsules.

In the tea preparation, two to three grams of finely cut Orthosiphon leaves are doused with approximately 150 milliliters of boiling water and strained after a brewing time of ten to fifteen minutes. You can drink a cup two to four times a day. The mean daily dose is eight to twelve grams of the drug.

The combination with other medicinal plants, which are also recommended for urinary tract infections and kidney semolina, makes very sense. These include, for example, hominy, birch, goldenrod and nettle.

For use and dosage of finished preparations such as capsules, please inform yourself about the package leaflet and your doctor or pharmacist.