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The bitterness is not playing, these are 5 benefits of sambiloto as an herbal medicine

KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Sambiloto, a medicinal plant that tastes super bitter. Although bitter, Sambiloto has many benefits. Here are 5 benefits of sambiloto as a herbal medicine that you should know.

Rheumatism and gout sufferers must be familiar with Sambiloto. Yes, Sambiloto is an herbal plant that is believed to cure rheumatism and gout.

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Quoting from the book Medicinal Plants to Overcome Rheumatism and Gout, by Prapti Utami, Sambiloto is native to India.

In Indonesia, Sambiloto grows a lot in Java, Sulawesim, Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku.

Sambiloto plants are easy to find in fields or home yards. Don’t be surprised, Sambiloto is a family medicinal plant (TOGA).

Sambiloto plants are herbaceous with a height of about 35-95 cm. Sambiloto leaves are elongated and green.

Meanwhile, bitter flowers are small and purplish white. And, the bitter green fruit is yellowish green.

Famous as an herbal plant, Sambiloto contains many active compounds, namely flavonoids, alkanes, aldehydes, ketones, potassium, calcium, and sodium. In addition, sambiloto has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and antidote properties.

So don’t be surprised if Sambiloto is famous in the world of herbal medicine.

Benefits of Sambiloto as herbal medicine

Sambiloto is famous for its bitter taste. Because, sambiloto contains bitter substances found in the leaves and stems.

Based on the book entitled Medicinal Plants & Their Benefits 3, all parts of sambiloto can be used as raw material for medicine.

Here are the benefits of sambiloto as a herbal medicine.

1. Diarrhea medicine

A person suffering from diarrhea must feel weak due to continuous defecation and lose a lot of fluids in the body.

Generally, diarrhea sufferers take anti-diarrheal drugs to stop the disease. For those of you who are reluctant to take chemical drugs, bitter leaf is effective in treating diarrhea.

You can make this herbal medicine for diarrhea from sambiloto at home because the ingredients and methods are quite easy.


  • 13 grams of dried bitter leaf
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 glasses of water

You boil the dried bitter leaf until it boils and leave about 2 cups of water. You can divide the boiled water of bitter leaf in two equally.

You add one tablespoon of honey to one glass of boiled water. Then, you drink one glass of boiled water with Sambiloto leaves twice a day.

2. Flu, headache, fever, and pneumonia

The season of transition and rain arrives, flu is one disease that often comes to your door.

Sambiloto is believed to be effective in treating flu, headaches, fever and pneumonia. To feel the benefits, all you have to do is mash 1 gram of the sambiloto plant and then boil it in one glass of water.

You drink Sambiloto boiled water three times a day.

3. Diabetes mellitus drug

Sambiloto contains antioxidants which play a role in lowering blood sugar levels in the body. This is what makes Sambiloto believed to be a drug for diabetes mellitus, eyebrows and diabetes.

The following are the ingredients and methods for making sambiloto for diabetes mellitus, quoted from the Toga Book, Agricultural Research and Development Agency, Ministry of Agriculture.


  • Take 25 sheets of photos
  • 25 sheets of cat whiskers
  • Water 110 ml

You wash the bitter leaf and cat whiskers under running water. Then, you boil the bitter leaf and cat whiskers until they boil.

You drink the boiled water of the sambiloto leaf once a day at a rate of 100 ml.

4. Uric acid

Sambiloto is also widely used as an herbal medicine for gout. This is because Sambiloto contains flavonoids which can reduce uric acid levels in the body.

You should not carelessly consume Sambiloto. Because, there are special ways to make it effective at relieving uric acid.


  • 10 grams of dry Sambiloto
  • Temulawak 10 grams
  • 1 gram of pepper
  • Komfrey 5 grams – 10 grams
  • 5 glasses of water

You combine all the ingredients above and boil it until it boils. You boil the ingredients until you leave about three glasses

You drink a glass of boiled water with Sambiloto three times a day. You should drink Sambiloto boiled water one hour before eating or two hours after eating.

5. High blood pressure

You suffer from high blood pressure? Sambiloto can lower high blood pressure.

Just so you know, Sambiloto contains potassium which plays a role in controlling blood pressure in the body. To feel the benefits, it is enough to brew seven fresh bitter leaves with one cup of hot water.

You let the brewed bitter water for about three minutes then add one tablespoon of honey. You drink the herbal concoction three times a day.

Sambiloto is indeed effective in treating a number of diseases, but it is better if you consult with your doctor before taking herbal medicine Sambiloto.

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