Java Tea

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What other names is Java Tea known by?

Arjak, Barbiflore, Clerodendranthus spicatus, Clerodendrum spicatum, Java Thé, Moustaches de Chat, Ocimum aristatum, Orthosiphon, Orthosiphon aristatus, Orthosiphon Grandiflorus, Orthosiphon spicatus, Orthosiphon stamineus, Orthosiphonis Folium, Té de Java, Thé de Java, Vantulsi.

What is Java Tea?

Java tea is a plant. The leaves and stem tips are used to make medicine.

Java tea is sometimes taken as "irrigation therapy." This means it is taken along with lots of fluids to increase urine flow. It is also used for bladder and kidney disorders, including bacterial infections and kidney stones; liver and gallbladder problems, including gallstones; gout; and achy joints (rheumatism).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Liver complaints.
  • Bladder and kidney disorders.
  • Gallstones.
  • Gout.
  • Achy joints (rheumatism).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Java tea for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Java Tea work?

Java tea might increase the loss of body water through the urine (diuretic effect), stop spasms, and help fight bacteria.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information available to know if Java tea is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of java tea during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Fluid retention (edema): Don't use java tea as "irrigation therapy" when fluid retention is due to heart or kidney problems.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Lithium
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Java tea might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking Java tea might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing considerations for Java Tea.

The appropriate dose of Java tea depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Java tea. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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