HIBISCUS (Hibiscus sabdariffa) MORE THAN A PRETTY FLOWER
The flowers of this shrub, of a lush beauty, have been used over time – especially in oriental popular medicine – form strong flavored teas with relaxing and refreshing effect in kidney and digestive treatment. Although the therapeutic effects range of the plant is vast, it was discovered relatively recently by the modern scientific medicine, exceptional efficiency of the hibiscus flowers are particularly recognized in the hypercholesterolemia and high blood pressure treatment as well as renal and respiratory affections.
INTERNAL: Diuretic –strong, antioxidant -strong, hypotensive -very good, it reduces the blood viscosity and purifes it, cholesterol-lowering -good, kidney and digestive tonic, antibacterial –good, stomachic -medium, cholagogue –medium-weak, stimulates intestinal peristalsis, laxative -gentle, emollient -good, calming -good, reduces the absorption of alcohol In the body being useful in the treatment of alcoholism, strong anti-inflammatory on the respiratory, expectorant -gentle, antifebril, effectively relaxing of the uterine muscles, antispasmodic -good, refreshing, astringent, analgesic -gentle, anti-herpes, immunomodulatory of low intensity.
EXTERNAL: cosmetic, insecticide, hastens the wound healing, increases the elasticity of skin and degree of lubrication, stimulate hair growth, anti-inflammatory, sedative, astringent.
INTERNAL: cystitis, water retention in the tissues, dysuria – combined infusion 4 cups per day, high blood pressure (recent studies show an efficacy equivalent to that of conventional medicines for treating this disease – eg, captopril) – cold soak in the course of 3 months with 3 weeks off between, hypercholesterolaemia – powder – 4-6 grams per day. The treatment lasts minimum 2 months. For enhanced effects will be combined with Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) powder, fever, flu, coughs, inflammation and respiratory infections, headache associated to respiratory disease – powder or combined infusion. In cases of flu will be added the hot infusion. Gonoree, herpes (adjuvant) – combined infusion. Hypermenorea, pain and menstrual cramps – powder, administered 4 times per day. In common menstrual disorders the therapy is started with 3-4 days before the beginning of menstruation and continued until after the end of it. Rheumatism, varicose veins, constipation – combined infusion in long-term treatment (minimum 6 weeks) lack of appetite – a spoonful of powder 30 minutes before each meal.
EXTERNAL: generally skin conditions, adjuvant in skin cancer, wounds, abrasions, ulcers – baths and infusion compresses on the skin – cataplasms on the affected area. Protector counter ultraviolet radiation, skin with age look, wrinkled skin, withered, excessive dryness of the skin – baths with combined infusion added. Dandruff, hair loss (alopecia) – the hair will be washed regularly (2 times per week) with combined infusion. Scab – complete baths with concentrated hibiscus macerate.
PREPARATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The powder – the plant is finely ground with electric coffee grinder, then is sieved through a sift for white flour. Takes, usually, 1 teaspoon 4 times per day on an empty stomach. The powder is put under the tongue for 10-15 minutes, then swallowed with water. The powder can not be preserved more than 4-5 days because it alters its properties.
Macerate – 2 teaspoons of powder obtained by grinding the plant is added in a cup (250 ml.) of water and allowed to soak for approximately 8 hours, then is filtered and drank at a dose of 3 cups per day.
Not recommended in cases of infertility and women who want to become pregnant, having the effect to reduce fertility in the period in which it is administered.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: None known.