Luo Bu Ma Herb Cut


Botanical Name: Apocynum venetum

 Common Name:

  • English:  Dogbane Leaf
  • Also, known as:  Luobuma, Dogbane, Chinse Dogbane, Herbal For Relief Of Famines, Rafuma, Apocynum Venetum

Origin: China

Harvested: Wild 

Parts Used: Leaves                                                            

General Information:

Apocynum venetum, commonly known as luobuma or rafuma, is a small shrub, the leaves of which make a tea that is particularly popular in China. Apocynum leaf is one of the lesser-known herbs originating in Asia, especially in North America. Its use has been limited to folk remedies and as a healthy tea drink for many years but now is becoming a popular ingredient in herbal formulas. Scientists in the West and across Asia are also looking at the possible health benefits of Apcoynum venetum leaf. Apocynum plants are hearty drought resistant plants that can survive in windy, sandy, and salty conditions like near the seaside. The raw leaves produce a milky liquid when crushed. The plant produces bell shaped red or pink blooms during the early summer months. The plant is native to Northern China. The herb is so popular in Northern China that wild growing apocynum plants are rare and governments enacted protective measures to save the species. Apocynum’s Chinese name is Luo Bu Ma and is called Rafuma in Japanese. The herb has been used in both Uygur and Chinese herbal traditions for centuries. A 15th century herbal book called the Jiu Huang Ben Cao recommends apocynum as a food or tea during times of famine. In Mongolia and other parts of Asia, the leaves are made into a tea which is thought to help support healthy blood pressure and have a relaxing effect.

How to use:

Hot Infusion:

The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
  • You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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