Abuta tea benefits have long been known in South America as being potent for a host of women’s ailments, as well as for kidney and heart support.
Abuta is a high-climbing vine that belongs to the family Menispermaceae. It is native to tropical parts of Central and South America. Known by its scientific name of cissampelos pareira, it possesses woody stems, a dull grayish bark, and very long roots or rhizomes. It has leaves that are heart-shaped and waxy in texture. Its seeds are flat. It has flowers that grow in panicles. Its fruits are bright red when unripe and turn a shade of black when ripe.
Abuta tea has a reputation in South America as a midwives’ brew due to its long history of use for various women’s conditions and ailments. It is believed to help fight hemorrhage that may threaten a miscarriage. It has also been used in the region as an antidote for snakebites.
Abuta is known in Chinese medicine as xi sheng teng. It is known as Laghupatha in Indian Ayurvedic medicine where it is believed to have anti-fertility properties.
Most of the abuta tea benefits are derived from the active constituencies of the plant which include several alkaloids. Some of these are cissampeloflavone, tropoloisoquinoline, tetradine, saponins, sterols and soprenoid bitter principles. The stems of the abuta plant are believed to contain d-tubocurarine and certain tertiary bases. The roots have the isochondodendrine alkaloid.
Abuta tea is believed to contain antioxidant properties and may help the body maintain enzyme levels of superoxide dismutase(SOD) and catalase. It is generally known to possess analgesic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, febrifuge, styptic, and tonic properties.
Abuta tea can be made by boiling the dried roots of the plant for about 20 to 25 minutes. Let the mix steep for a further 5 minutes, and then drink. The stems can also be used by infusing them in newly-boiled water for about 5 to 7 minutes. Nowadays, abuta can be taken in the form of a capsule or tincture.
Practitioners of modern medicine have been known to use derivatives of some of the alkaloid constituents of abuta to block neuromuscular activity during surgery and in certain cases of poisoning. Extracts of abuta are also included in pharmaceutical products for a host of medical applications.
Extreme caution should be exercised when taking abuta tea as high doses of the herb or combining it with other medications may lead to respiratory problems.
The following are some of the benefits attributed to this brew:
- May help fight kidney stones and bladder infections.
- May help alleviate fever.
- Believed to help counter jaundice.
- Believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to help ease symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.
- Has been used to fight gonorrhea.
- Is believed to help in the treatment of anemia.
- Was given to women to help ease childbirth. It may also help fight hemorrhage. It is also believed to help counter menstrual problems