Persimmon leaf is traditionally used to treat high blood pressure and other conditions, such as hiccups, in Eastern medicine. The leaf can be made into a tea, and it is also used whole in some dishes. WebMD explains that Japanese persimmons and leaves are thought to possess properties that relieve constipation, improve blood flow, prevent stroke and reduce body temperature.
Persimmon-leaf tea is used as a diuretic, and it can help eliminate excess water from the body. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve the symptoms of medical conditions, such as arthritis. In Japan and other Eastern countries, both the leaves and bark of the persimmon tree are used to treat respiratory issues. The tea can be consumed or used in a compress for conditions, such as hemorrhoids, according to Botanical-online.
The leaves of the persimmon tree are thought to have antiviral and antibacterial properties, and a tea made with persimmon leaves is used to treat those suffering from the flu and other illnesses. Persimmon leaves are high in vitamin C and fiber, which promotes a healthy immune system.
To make persimmon tea, leaves are collected early in the growing season. The young leaves are steeped in hot water, strained and used as a drink to treat specific ailments. Persimmon leaves are also used as a wrap for sushi in some regions. Specialty Produce explains that the persimmon leaf can provide a safeguard against food-born illness, as the leaf is thought to kill bacteria present on food.