July 25, 2016

Red Bush Tea

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What other names is Red Bush Tea known by?

Aspalathus linearis, Aspalathus contaminatus, Borbonia pinifolia, Green Red Bush, Infusion Rooibos, Kaffree Tea, Psoralea linearis, Red Bush, Rooibos Rouge, Rooibos Tea, Té Rojo, Té Rojo Rooibos, Thé Rooibos, Thé Rouge.

What is Red Bush Tea?

Red bush tea is made from the branches and twigs of a tree called Aspalathus linearis. This fragrant, caffeine-free tea is the national drink of South Africa.

It is used as medicine for HIV infection, for preventing cancer, and for preventing the decline of thinking skills with age.

In foods, red bush tea is used as a beverage.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • HIV infections.
  • Preventing cancer.
  • Preventing the decline of thinking skills with age.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of red bush 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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