Sambong tea is derived from a flowering plant called Blumea balsamifera. It belongs to the Blumea genus, Asteraceae family. It is commonly known as sambong in the Philippines.
Widely popular in the Philippines, The Philippine Council For Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and The Philippine Department of Health (PDOH) are promoting Sambong tea and its tablets for the treatment of kidney stones.
Concerning this, today we will tell you what medicinal properties does Sambong tea has and what kind of benefits does it have on our health. You can find this plant in the subtropical and tropical zones of Asia, mainly in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
Top 7 Amazing Health Benefits Of Sambong Tea
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1. It Cures Diarrhea and Stomach Problems
When ingested under the right guidance of a naturopathy physician, the sambong oil (constituents – borneol, camphor, caryophyllene oxide, α-terpineol, β-caryophyllene, and terpineol) can soothe your gastrointestinal tract, reduce symptoms of diarrhea and other stomach problems.
The roots and leaves of this tree are first pounded and then applied in the form of a poultice to the affected part. The volatile oils penetrate the skin and reduce the symptoms of rheumatism.
3. Reduces Hypertension
Since Sambong tea is a diuretic, it can incite the body to remove excess fluids and even, sodium. As you already know, high levels of sodium in the blood can be a contributing factor in hypertension. Thus, drinking Sambong tea can help a lot.
4. Kidney Transplants
The extracts or tea from this plant can prevent or delay kidney problems. In fact, The Philippine National Kidney and Transplant Institute recommends us to take the extracts of this plant for similar ailments. The phytochemicals known as ‘terpenes’ can easily dissolve kidney stones. Some of the terpenes are limonene, b-pinene, sesquiterpenes, triteroenes, cryptomeridiol, borneol, camphor, a-pinene, 3-carene and monoterpenes.
5. Anti-cancer Properties
The methanolic effect of this herb exhibits anti-carcinogenic activity against hepatocellular carcinoma cells.
6. Antibacterial & Antifungal Properties
The magical components displaying these properties are cyptomeridiol, ß-carotene, lutein, and icthyothereol acetate, which can prevent harmful activities from microbes such as C. albicans, S. aureus, B. subtilis, A. niger.
The ethylacetate extract of the leaves has, at least, nine flavonoids which act as antioxidants. They protect the human DNA from getting damaged because of free radicals.