While more testing needs to be done to confirm its effectivity on humans, these initial results are promising. This plant has a lot of potential as herbal medicine.
It also has antimicrobial properties
Another study done on Balbas Pusa shows that it can kill certain types of food-borne bacteria. This means that drinking tea made from Balbas Pusa can kill harmful bacteria, especially those that could cause disease.
It can help with hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol
Balbas Pusa contains a chemical compound that has the ability to aid in lowering high blood pressure.
Balbas Pusa extract was also found to be able to lower blood sugar levels, and also high cholesterol levels in the blood.
It also has the potential to help control obesity, as well as mitigate the negative health effects that come with being obese.
It could help in the treatment of liver cancer
Lastly, researchers found that sinensetin, a chemical compound found in Balbas Pusa, can help in killing off and slowing down the spread of cancer cells, specifically that of liver cancer.
The researchers used extracts made from the plant, and tested it on liver cancer cells. They found that it can induce cell death in cancer cells. It also slowed down the growth and spread of these cells.
All of these health benefits support what people in Southeast Asia have known for hundreds of years; that Balbas Pusa is an effective herbal medicine with numerous health benefits and healing properties.
How Can it be Used as Medicine?
Knowing how to prepare Balbas Pusa helps preserve its chemical compounds. The simplest and most straightforward preparation is steeping the leaves in hot water. This is the most common preparation, and has been called “Java tea” in some places.
What Precautions Do I Need to Take?
In terms of toxicity, more studies need to be done. Drinking the leaves as tea is beneficial. However, people who use Balbas Pusa claim that the other parts of the plant, such as the flower and the stem, can be toxic.