Dogbane tea has long been recognized in Chinese traditional medicine as being potent for hypertension and liver imbalance. In fact, they have formulated a popular tea called luobuma tea from the extract of dogbane leaves and this herbal tea has been quite popular in China and the Far East.
Dogbane refers to various plants that belong to the genus apocynum that typically grow in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. There are seven species of this plant but the most noteworthy of them are the apocynum venetum, which is widely popular as a medicinal herb in China for its anti-hypertensive and anti-aging properties; and the apocynum cannabinum which has been used as a source of dietary fiber by Native Americans.
The dogbane tea to be discussed on this page is the Chinese medicinal herbal tea that comes from the leaves of apocynum venetum. It is also sometimes known as bluish dogbane tea. Apocynum venetum is a perennial plant that grows up to 1 foot. It is a hardy plant that blooms in August. Its flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs).
The leaves of the apocynum venetum dogbane plant are long and somewhat lanceolate in shape. These are typically gathered during the summer months, dried in the sun, and then cut into smaller pieces.
Dogbane tea benefits are derived from the active constituents of the leaves of the dogbane plant apocynum venetum. Among these are ionone glucosides, kaempferol, vanillic acid, baimaside, daucosterol, rutin, d-catechin, quercetin, and kaempferol-3-O-beta-D-glucoside.
Dogbane tea can be obtained through ready-made teabags. Simply place a teabag in a cup of newly-boiled water and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Dogbane tea is somewhat sweet, partly bitter, and astringent.
There are species of dogbane that contains cymarin which is a type of toxin that is believed to cause cardiac arrhythmia in humans. As such, it is important to consult first with herbalists before consuming tea or any extract derived from dogbane plants.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this medicinal brew:
- May help fight hypertension.
- May help relax the blood vessels.
- May help fight anxiety and depression.
- Believed to help combat liver hyperactivity and its attendant symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, headaches, vertigo, dizziness and palpitations.
- Believed to assist in better blood flow to the kidney.
- May help detoxification by inducing diuresis.
- Believed to help fight complications from diabetes.
- May help fight edema due to kidney or heart dysfunction.