The Health Benefits of Loquat Leaf

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Loquat LeafThe loquat tree produces the loquat leaf and the loquat fruit, both known by their Latin name Eriobotrya japonica. It comes from the rose family and is sometimes called the Japanese plum leaf. The loquat tree is a moderately-sized tree, growing up to thirty feet. The loquat leaves are evergreen and are five to twelve inches long and three to four inches wide. These beautiful leaves are glossed and dark green. In this article, we’re going to discuss the proven health benefits of the loquat, including its ability to support blood sugar and skin health. Preliminary research also reports that the loquat leaf may be helpful for supporting liver and and pancreatic health, two key organs that aid in detoxification.

What is Loquat Leaf?

Loquat leaves originate in the southeastern part of China and perhaps southern Japan, although some believe it was brought to Japan long ago by Chinese travelers. Loquat fruit is consumed by various cultures for culinary and healing purposes. The fruit resembles a cross between a mango and a peach in both taste and appearance. The leaves and fruit have high concentrations of calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

The fruit is sometimes used as a sedative and is thought to reduce vomiting and excessive thirst. Leaves may possibly relieve diarrhea, support a healthy mood, counteract intoxication, and may also reduce swelling. Some of these benefits are cited by Eastern tradition, but many of the traditional benefits have scientific backing.

Health Benefits of Organic Loquat Leaf

Loquat leaf has been scientifically shown to possess incredible health benefits. Below are some the most common uses for this natural herb.

Loquat Leaf Supports Mucous Membranes

In our Detox Foot Pads, organic loquat leaf extract may support the body’s natural detoxification process by acting as a mucolytic agent. This may help dissolve thick mucus that holds onto toxic compounds.

Loquat Leaf Releases Antioxidants

We now know that loquat leaf helps the body release antioxidants, the incredible health-supporting compounds that your body naturally produces. [1] Antioxidants have all kinds of benefits, but they’re known mostly for their ability to neutralize harmful toxins. They are commonly used to protect the body against various diseases, support immunity, and possibly increase life expectancy.

Loquat Leaf Combats Diabetes

Out of all of its benefits, one of organic loquat’s most impressive ability is that it may help combat diabetes. Loquat leaf produces a variety of chemicals called triterpenes. One of the most important acids in this class of chemicals is tormentic acid. Tormentic acid has been shown to increase insulin production which may help reduce the symptoms related to diabetes. [2] It has been approved by the Chinese government as a blood-sugar supporter because it produces a set of natural bodily chemicals known as polysaccharides, compounds that have also been shown to increase insulin production. [3]

Loquat Leaf Supports the Pancreas

Diabetes is a debilitating, degenerative disease. The administering of insulin helps, but anything that can assist the pancreas is of primary importance. The only way to approach type II diabetes is to either give the body insulin injections or to help the pancreas produce insulin by regenerating its cells. We have strong evidence that organic loquat leaf supports pancreatic cells, which increases the production of insulin.

Loquat Leaf and Skin Redness

One of loquat leaf’s oldest reported benefits is the reduction of skin redness. When loquat leaf is used in topical cream, it can combat edema and histamine-induced skin contraction. In short, loquat may help soothe the skin and provide balance for skin health. [4] Skin inflammation can often be painful and the soothing effect of loquat leaf can be very beneficial.

Loquat Leaf and Skin Cancer

Another benefit of loquat leaf that’s getting much exploration is its role in skin cancer. One of the major drugs that is used to combat the side effects of chemotherapy is adriamycin, and loquat leaf is thought to help reduce the side effects associated with this drug.

Loquat Leaf and Viruses

Standard viruses are subject to the power of the loquat leaf. Evidence suggests that the loquat leaf produces a variety of acids that have an antiviral effect. These acids produce antigens, which are antiviral agents. Two of these chemicals are called megastigmane glycosides and polyphenolic constituents, both of which are known to produce viral antigens. Furthermore, the triterpene chemicals may help reduce rhinovirus, or the common cold. [5]

Loquat Leaf Assists the Liver in Detoxifying Chemicals

The pancreas isn’t the only bodily organ that organic loquat leaf helps. It also helps the liver. Loquat leaf contains a substance known as Amygdalin (B-17), and this substance is known to help combat liver disorders as well as supporting the liver’s ability to process and eliminate poisons in the body. [6] It is somewhat controversial as to how effective amygdalin is in the support of liver problems, but many believe that the controversy is due largely to excessively Western modes of thinking about health. Amygdalin, incidentally, is thought to have its benefits through antioxidation effects.

Why Loquat Leaf is Included in our Detox Foot Pads

Organic loquat leaf has many benefits, as you can tell from the above extensive (but not exhaustive) list. When packed into our Detox Foot Pads, loquat leaf may aid your body in the elimination of toxic chemicals and organisms while producing health-giving benefits.

References (6)
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  3. Jia, Wei, Wenyuan Gao, and Lida Tang. Antidiabetic Herbal Drugs Officially Approved in China. Phytotherapy Research 17 (2003): 1127-134.
  4. Shimizu, Mineo, Hideki Fukumura, Hideki Tsuji, Seiichi Tanaami, Toshimitsu Hayashi, and Naokata Morita. Anti-inflammatory Constituents of Topically Applied Crude Drugs. I. Constituents and Anti-inflammatory Effect of Eriobotrya japonica Lindl. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin 34 (1986): 2614-617.
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  • Lilly-Lyn

    I have 3 loquat trees in my backyard. My husband uses AllerTrex for respiratory problems so maybe we should harvest the leaves off the loquats. If only there were a simple method!

  • ghc_health

    Manual labor is the only method I know of!

  • Lilly-Lyn

    I don’t mind manual labor but what do I do with the leaves once I have manually picked them to make them benefiacially usable?

  • ghc_health

    From Loquat World:

    There are three basic ways that one can consume the nutrients and benefits of loquat leaves. It is done pretty much the same way one makes regular tea.
    1. If the leaves are whole or large pieces, I put them in a pot of boiling water, bring to boil, boil for about 5 minutes or so, let sit for 5 minutes to half hour or so, stir, remove or strain out the leaves, and pour the liquid tea into a glass to drink out of and or a container for storage. Enjoy!

    2. If the leaves are broken up into small pieces, l put some of the broken up leaves in a small strainer, set it over a glass, and then pour hot water slowly over the leaves. Remove strainer and stir the liquid. The loquat leaf tea is now ready to drink or sip it not too hot. Enjoy!

    3. If the leaves are broken up into small pieces, l put some of the broken up leaves in an infuser, place infuser with leaves into a glass, pour hot or boiling water into glass, and then stir. It is now ready to drink unless too hot. Enjoy!

    After the leaves are used, throw the leaves away and get more fresh leaves to make more.

    If the resulting tea is too strong add more water

  • Lilly-Lyn

    I thank you! I typically order all supplements online from the wonderful people like you that have it available ready for my family’s use. So this is new to me to actually pick leaves from my backyard to make my own healthy tea. I appreciate your patience in teaching me such things. 🙂

  • Jack Walters

    How soon after planting a 5’0″ Loquat Tree can I harvest the leaves from the tree. I am a Diabetic and want to make Tea from the leaves. I would really appreciate a response.

  • Nikki

    How many times a day will I drink loquat tea?

  • That’s up to you, but, like anything else, moderation is a good idea. Loquat leaves have bioactive compounds and the tea may interact with medication.
    I read of a case in the October 2004 issue of the journal Annals of Rheumatic Diseases where a 39-year-old man drank 2 liters of loquat
    extract for two weeks to balance his cholesterol. While it had that effect, it also caused severe muscle weakness. Something that cholesterol-lowering
    medications also do.

  • lyn

    I have a loquat tree in my yard. What is the process for the tea? Do I dry out the leaves or just boil them?

  • Check it out on youtube, I saw there were a few videos of people talking about this. Be sure to let us know how it works out.

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  • I use loquat tea. It is fine from dried leaf or fresh off the tree . Wash the leaf in water with a wash rag until it is all green , both sides , the fuzz removed from the back side . Boil a bunch of them 15 minutes and let the water cool to warm , leaf in .Strain and drink , it should be a beautiful rosy orange . Dry the rest .

  • Ahsan

    I am Ahsan , I am diabetic ( controlled) with oral tablets at morning only , I had taken almost 250- 300 grams lokaut fruit today and at around 9 pm felt like hypoglycemia even after taking my dinner, checked my blood sugar it was 130 , which show that effect may be due to the said fruit, if any one faced the same situation we can share for human health.

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