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The healing power of shuru

  1. Sjoeroe or syuru is a Surinamese hibiscus species that grows to a height of two meters. He will get a red four centimeter long calyx. The flower itself is pink or yellow. Each flower contains three or four seeds. The Dutch probably spread this flower to Africa from Suriname, after which it became common throughout the tropics. It is an ornamental plant that occurs regularly in gardens. More importantly, shuru's red tea is a powerful medicine for high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus or diabetes. In Surinamese folk medicine, the plant has been used for a long time for high blood pressure. This perceptual application appears to be truthful; researchers scattered around the world have entered the laboratories and confirm that shuru indeed has antihypertensive qualities.


  1. Shoeroe, general advice for use Shuroo naming Traditional folk medicine in Suriname Former use of shuru in Suriname Shoeroe in diabetes Shoeroe in cardiovascular disease Shuru against e. coli

Sjoeroe, general advice for use

  1. Sjoeroe is a traditional Surinamese medicine that cures high blood pressure, stimulates the bowel function and is a natural blood thinner. It is also a strong antioxidant and therefore fights free radicals that, if they are present in too great a number in the body, can lead to all kinds of lifestyle diseases such as cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Furthermore, shoeroe is a substance that serves as a tonic for the blood. It would also be an aphrodisiac. Shoeru can be consumed as a tea as needed.

Shuroo's naming

  1. Sjoeroe is a Dutch spelling of the word that is normally written in Suriname as syuru. Its Latin name is hibiscus sabdariffa. Other words for this plant are roselle, shuru, sisjuru, osele, red sorrel and Surinamese sorrel. In English this plant is called sorrel, which is also the name for sorrel. Common sorrel is a plant that grows low to the ground, the leaves of which can be eaten. The hibiscus is a completely different plant.

Traditional folk medicine in Suriname

  1. In Suriname the chalices of shoeroe are boiled in water with sugar. This tea is then drunk for refreshment. In addition, according to traditional Surinamese folk medicine, it helps with high blood pressure, a fact that is confirmed by contemporary scientific insights. Another medicinal use is to instill the juice from the crushed leaves into a person's eye for eye inflammation. Other folk medicine uses are listed below.

Former use of shuru in Suriname

  1. Syrup, jam and beer used to be made from this fruit, but now that doesn't happen anymore. Only in ancestral rituals hibiscus tea is sometimes drunk. That is because, according to Surinamese insights, mama Aisa likes to drink the fermented drink from the red cups. Mama Aisa is the "Goddess of the Earth".

Sjoeroe with diabetes

  1. An Iranian study from 2009 examining 53 diabetic patients who did exactly what the researchers asked: either drink a cup of black tea twice a day, or a cup of tart shuru tea twice a day, found that the group that drank shuru showed a better blood lipid profile than the black tea drinkers. It can be concluded that shuru tea is good for slowing down the development of diabetes. For non-diabetic patients, diabetes can be kept at bay by drinking sjoeroethee. By the way, it is good for people to be aware that flour, white flour products and sugar cause diabetes.

Shoeroe in cardiovascular disease

  1. In 1999, an Iranian research team reported that they had done trials with shuru and that this tea indeed underscored the findings of traditional folk medicine: shuru works against high blood pressure. A study published in 2013 by the University of Arizona showed that the anthocyanins in shuru are such a powerful antioxidant that it can prevent arteriosclerosis. This makes it a potential medicine for large-scale use against high blood pressure, the researchers conclude. Instead of cleaning people's veins with angioplasty, one could also drink shoeroet tea every day. These two previous studies contradict the findings of a 2010 Saudi Arabian meta-study where multiple studies were pooled together. Although the Saudis concluded that all studies are in favor of shuru, every researcher found a positive effect on the cure of high blood pressure, but the studies themselves would not have met international standards, so that it cannot be scientifically established that shuru can actually be a medicine for high blood pressure. A Mexican academic study from 2010 does recommend prescribing a Hibiscus sabdariffa powder extract for high blood pressure, based on their own research and many previous studies.

Shoeroe against e. coli

  1. According to a US study from 2011, hibiscus sabdariffa or shoeroe can be used to protect food against the Escherichia coli bacteria, better known in the media as the E. coli bacteria. The University of Carolina researchers saw that shuru has antibacterial abilities. As a result, pathogens are so inhibited in their development that diseases caused by bacterial outbreaks are prevented. The researchers argue that their research is prompted by the fact that synthetic antibiotics prove time and again that bacteria can become resistant to them, and this disadvantage has never been found with plant antibacterial substances. That is why at the beginning of the third millennium the use of natural antibiotics is increasingly prevalent.

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