Cat Whiskers Herb

 

Origins of Cat Whiskers herb

Cat whisker herb belongs to the mint family and can be found naturally in South East Asia and in the tropical region of Australia. The herb is a popular tea beverage in the South East Asian community and also in certain parts of Europe due to its medicinal properties.
Its scientific name is Orthosiphon stamineus. It is also commonly referred as Orthosiphon aristatus. Scientists around the world have been studying this herb extensively and have made many important discoveries with respect to its potential medical use. 

10 benefits of Cat Whiskers herb

  1. Research has shown that Cat Whiskers herb extract can help to reduce blood glucose level. Several research groups studying the effect of taking extract of Cat Whiskers herb found that certain solvent extract of this herb can significantly reduce blood sugar level and increase leptin and the healthy HDL level. It can also stop blood platelet from sticking together thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

    To top it off, Cat Whiskers herb can help to reduce body fat. It works by inhibiting pancreatic α-amylase and intestinal α-glucosidase, two enzymes that are important in the absorption of starch and uptake of glucose.

  2. Cat Whiskers herb contains a number of compounds that help in lowering the blood pressure. Rosmarinic acid present in this herb targets a vital enzyme known as Angiotensin Converting Enzymes (ACE), as a result, blood vessels enlarge or dilate, and blood pressure is reduced. This lower blood pressure makes it easier for the heart to pump blood and can improve the function of a failing heart.

  3. Cat Whiskers herb can help to reduce Urinary Tract infection and Kidney stones. The natural diuretic and anti-bacterial properties helps to irrigate the bladder which helps to flush out invading pathogen and protect the urinary tract from infection. It also helps to prevent the formation of kidney stones and protect the kidneys from the damaging effect from certain drugs and reagents.

  4. Cat Whiskers herb has a powerful anti-inflammatory property. It has been shown to be effective in reducing uric acid level in the blood. This makes the herb useful in treating rheumatism, gout and arthritis. The herb has also been shown to increase bone strength in post-menopausal animal model. It is naturally rich in potassium and calcium that is important for strong healthy bones.

  5. Cat Whiskers herb is a powerful cleansing herb. It has a strong liver protective effect attributed to its powerful anti-oxidant property. Herbal extract of Cat Whiskers herb has been shown to be able to prevent liver damage caused by alcohol and certain medication. It has also been shown to reduce signs of fatty liver and also bilirubin concentration in jaundiced subjects. It is a powerful herb for liver detox. It acts like a natural cleanser that helps to eliminate toxin build up in our system.

  6. The rosmarinic acid present in the Cat Whiskers herb can help to improve memory and also protect against neuronal cell death induced by beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's Disease. It also has a calming effect that can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety. 

    The herb can also be useful in protecting retinal tissues from damage caused by glaucoma, hyperglycaemia or age related macular degeneration.

  7. Cat Whiskers herb has been shown to have good anti-bacterial properties including E.coli , Klebsiella pneumoniae, Bacillus subtilis, Micrococcus luteus and Vibrio parahemolyticus . It inhibits a mechanism call quorum sensing that prevent biofilm formation which inturn reduces the susceptibility of bladder and kidney infection. Cat whiskers herb is also very effective against fungal infection caused by Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus.

  8. Cat whiskers herb has been shown to be useful in eliminating oily skin appearance due to over reactive sebum protection. Couple this with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties , it makes a powerful herbal remedy for acne as well as for minor cuts and wounds. Cat Whiskers herb is also useful for a number of inflammatory skin condition such as psoriasis. The high anti oxidant present in this herb makes it a powerful antiaging herb.

  9. Cat whiskers herb can be a powerful cold remedy. Its anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties can help in reducing the symptoms of minor throat and mouth infection. The herb can also help to ease cough and reduce symptoms of hyperthermia. Taking Cat Whiskers herb may help to reduce the severity of cough and cold. It can also help to better manage chronic respiratory problem such as asthma.

  10. Research has shown that certain solvent extract of Cat Whiskers can block a number of important biochemical process that are crucial for cancer growth and metastasis. One of these process is called angiogenesis which is a process of new blood vessel development that is vital for cancer cells to channel their required nutrients. Cat Whiskers herb has been shown to be able to stop this process making it a useful tool to better manage or prevent this disease.