[Cistus - queen of teas]

Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2018 Aug 29;45(266):53-56.
[Article in Polish]


The aim of our article is to present a healthy qualities of Cistus. Cistus is plant belonging to the Cistaceae has strong health-promoting properties through its antioxidant, immunomodulatory, bacteriostatic and antifungal activities. Cistus has an inhibitory effect on the multiplication of viruses, which can be used to treat cold and influenza. A significant effect of the Cistus on stopping the growth and proliferation of prostatic cells was also demonstrated, which evidence of cytotoxic and antiproliferative activity. This activity can be used in both benign and malignant prostatic enlargement, as well as adjuvant in the treatment of other cancers. Extract from Cistus through modulation of immune system significantly strengthens immunity and has antiallergic activity. Cistus has a lot of polyphenols that destroy free radicals, inhibit the formation and development of inflammation in the body, strengthen, energize, and have a preventive effect on cardiovascular diseases. Through bioflavonoids, it works synergistically with vitamin C, enhancing its action, and also protects the mucous membrane of the stomach, preventing the formation of ulcers, or helping to treat them. Because of healing properties, as well as taste qualities the Cistus- teacan be boldly recommended as a daily drink for both young and old people. The promoting the use of infusion from a Cistus along with honey or lemon juice should be as wide as possible.

Keywords: antioxidant; cistus; immunology; microbiology; tea.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Infective Agents / pharmacology
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Cistus / adverse effects
  • Cistus / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Polyphenols / pharmacology*
  • Teas, Herbal / adverse effects
  • Teas, Herbal / analysis*


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Polyphenols
  • Teas, Herbal