Rooibos’ Anti-Inflammatory Effects May Help if You Have CIDP
Rooibos may be a strong anti-inflammatory tea. If you suffer from CIDP, this may be of interest to you.
By Shiraz Abbas
On a regular basis, I try to write about the various benefits of some key foods and drinks that are readily available. Although none of what is recommended in our articles are cures for CIDP or any other inflammatory autoimmune disease, they are nevertheless beneficial, especially if they are used moderately for long periods of time in synchrony with each other.
Today I want to write about one of my favorite drinks: rooibos tea. Rooibos (meaning “red bush”) is a South African bush that is used as an herbal tea. Its color is redish and it simply tastes amazing. If you’ve had hibiscus tea, you will noticed that it tastes similar to rooibos.
Many diseases are due to autoimmune related inflammatory problems in the body. CIDP neuropathy is no exception. Managing chronic inflammation is a key aspect of managing autoimmune diseases like CIDP. If there is one element that stands out the most with rooibos tea, it is its ability to regulate inflammation in the body.
Rooibos tea is high in a flavonoid called “quertin” which may be very effective in reducing inflammation in the body. It also plays a role in reducing stress and we all know how stress can aggravate CIDP symptoms. Quertin also acts as an antioxidant which is important in managing autoimmune disorders like CIDP.
Unlike teas that may have caffeine (yes, caffeine may aggravate CIDP), rooibos can be ideal.
In a 2009 study on the effects of rooibos on rats, the following conclusions were made:
Rooibos tea may prevent DNA damage and inflammation by its anti-oxidative activity in vivo. As Rooibos tea is free from caffeine, routine intake may be safe and useful in reducing oxidative stress in children.
Remember that rooibos is not meant to be a cure for CIDP but it may be a safe way to regulate some of your symptoms. Before you do anything, make sure to speak to your doctor first.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.