Orthosiphon. Orthosiphon stamineus Benth. Java Tea. (Fam. Labiatae.)—This drug occurs in commerce in the form of small, oval, finely toothed, green leaves, rolled up like tea. Van Itallie has discovered in it a volatile oil and a crystalline glucoside, orthosiphonin, and potassium salts. (Ph. Ztg., Sept., 1886; see also Repertoire de Pharm., 1887, 191.) It is said to be a powerful diuretic, and is highly recommended in nephritic colic, gravel, uric acid diathesis, and even ascites. The dose is from fifteen to thirty grains (1.0-2.0 Gm.) a day.
The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.