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8 December 2008

South African mothers have been using Rooibos to help soothe their babies' colic and stomach cramps for generations. Now, international research shows that Rooibos can assist people of all ages in the treatment of gastrointestinal problems like diarrhoea and abdominal spasms.

Diarrhoea can have a number of causes such as indigestion, adverse reactions to certain medications, eating spoiled or spicy food and allergic reactions to certain food types. Research findings have revealed that because Rooibos is packed with flavonoids, which have antispasmodic properties, it can have a calming effect on the digestive system - relieving diarrhoea and soothing associated abdominal cramping. In addition, because Rooibos is caffeine-free, it can be useful as a gastro-protector as caffeine is known to stimulate gastrointestinal juices.  

One of the most commonly experienced side-effects of diarrhoea is dehydration and it is advised that diarrhoea sufferers drink sufficient amounts of water and fluids. By drinking 6 cups of Rooibos tea a day to supplement their fluid intake, people can also benefit from its health properties.    

About South African Rooibos Council & Rooibos
The Rooibos Council was established in April 2005 as a non-profit organisation to promote the interests of the South African Rooibos industry locally and internationally - including all products manufactured from Rooibos. South Africans have been enjoying Rooibos for generations, but not just for the refreshing taste… one of the major selling points in South Africa and abroad is its natural goodness and health benefits. Find out more about its history and health properties at

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The South African Rooibos Council