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Health Benefits of Chinese Herbal Tea/TCM

In the return to nature under the influence of the wave, take a variety of health care habit of tea is popular in the world. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), human bodies function differently with season changing. That means we’d better change our drinking, eating and living style.

Huang Qi Tea黄芪茶

Huang Qi is a tree in southern China in the middle of the wild walnut evergreen tree branches, leaves Huang Qi is the local tradition as heat, sun care of drug poisoning. In recent years, studies have shown that Huang Qi tea has a strong antioxidant. It also has a role in weight loss and anti-allergy. Also be made with basil. Such as taking tea compound, dressed in uniforms or on Huang Qi tea with weight loss, anti-aging effect of the popular people’s favorite.

Ginkgo tea银杏

Ginkgo biloba tea is processed from the leaves of ginkgo made, the study of ginkgo biloba in more than 200 kinds of active ingredients, mainly flavonoids, Ginkgolides, and so on, the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, anti-aging, anti-fatigue health Beverages.

Chinese sweet tea

Chinese sweet tea from the wild in Guangxi rose family (or thorny branches), research shows that its anti-allergy, hay fever can be used for the prevention and treatment.

Astragalus tea紫云英茶

Astragalus is a traditional Chinese medicine. Astragalus contains a wealth of free radicals to remove the material (similar to the SOD), so that the body cells from free radical damage and prevent damage to DNA in order to prevent cancer formation.


For centuries, China, India and Europe and the United States by Jiang Tang traditional medical treatment, or as a Jiangcha as a health drink. In China, fresh ginger as a medicine used along with the plant to a few thousand years of history. Jiang anti-inflammatory effect can reduce flatulence, nausea and indigestion symptoms. Jiang made by Jiang Cha with the promotion of metabolism, promoting bile secretion, protect the liver, lower cholesterol, the protection of intestinal function and promote heart function.

Lemon mint tea柠檬薄荷茶

In the United States office of the Health Foundation for Research on Cancer experts said Wang Zhiyuan, mint tea with lemon to prevent a cold. We know that menthol does contain a lot of antioxidant and detoxification of the rare type of terpenoid material. The menthol in alcohol and perilla, is a strong anti-cancer research material.

Chinese Herbal Tea Recipes

Any cozy cup of tea is likely to feel soothing when you’re under the weather or otherwise not at your best. But you can get an extra health-promoting boost from certain teas made with herbs and other natural ingredients, which practitioners of Chinese medicine have used for centuries.

Mixed Flowers Tea

Uses: Relieves constipation... acne... bitter taste in the mouth... irritability... and impatience. Best: Purchase dried, whole flowers from an herbal store or Asian market, Dr. Lee advised—do not use homegrown flowers or flower tea bags, and do not chop or crush the flowers before using. Ingredients...

1 heaping Tbsp. chamomile flowers

1 heaping Tbsp. yellow chrysanthemum flowers

1 heaping Tbsp. jasmine flowers

2 cups water

Honey, optional

Preparation: Place all flowers in a teapot or similar container. Heat water to boiling. Pour hot water over flowers and steep 20 minutes. Filter out and discard solids. If desired, reheat before drinking and/or sweeten with honey to taste.

Nut Tea

Uses: Relieves respiratory ailments (such as asthma, bronchitis and cough with phlegm)... and also promotes lustrous skin and combats pallor. Best: Use nuts that have been roasted without salt. Ingredients...

5 almonds

1½ walnuts

6 peanuts

2 cup goat’s milk or soy milk, heated

Preparation: In a coffee grinder or blender, grind all nuts to a powder. Stir nut mixture into warm or hot milk... stir again as needed while consuming (so nut powders do not sink to the bottom of the cup). For convenience: You can grind a larger quantity of nuts and store the combined powders in a sealed jar... when ready to use, stir two teaspoons of nut powder into one cup of heated milk. Caution: Do not use nut tea if you have colitis.

Ginseng-Date Tea

Uses: This tea relieves fatigue... dizziness... cold hands and cold feet... overly soft stool... and bloating. Ingredients...

⅓ tsp. chopped dried American ginseng root

⅓ tsp. finely chopped dried red dates

2 cups room-temperature water

Rock sugar, optional

Preparation: Place ginseng, dates and water in a pot. Let soak for about 30 minutes. Place on stove and bring mixture to a boil... reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes.Optional: Strain out and discard solids and/or add sugar to taste, if desired. Caution:Ginseng may not be appropriate if you have a blood pressure disorder or take a blood thinner, insulin, oral hypoglycemic agents or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressant—check with your doctor.

Dandelion-Date Tea

Uses: Relieves flushing... eases irritability... and promotes urinary and vaginal health.Note: This is the only tea for which Dr. Lee recommends using a tea bag because bulk fresh or dried dandelion would be too strong and bitter. Ingredients...

1 dried dandelion tea bag

2 or 3 whole red dates

½ dried lotus leaf, chopped

2 cups boiling water

Preparation: Place dandelion tea bag and other ingredients in a pot. Add boiling water... reduce heat... cover and simmer 15 minutes. Strain out and discard solids before drinking.Caution: Dandelion tea may not be appropriate for people with digestive disorders, diabetes or kidney failure.

Black Sesame Tea

Uses: Combats constipation... promotes kidney health... and helps maintain lustrous hair.Ingredients...

2 tsp. powdered, roasted black sesame seeds

2 cups soymilk, heated

Preparation: Place black sesame seed powder and soy milk in a blender and process until thoroughly blended. Drink warm

Chinese Herbal Teas to Promote Sleep

Enjoying tea is an integral part of Chinese life, and drinking herbal tea is also a popular yet affordable way for ordinary people to relieve common ailments. Depending on what causes your sleep problem, a specific tea should be able to help you. For example, for a restless mind unable to sleep, sour jujube seed, Chinese arborvitae kernel, tuber fleece flower stem or schisandra can be used to make a tea; for insomnia due to mental fatigue, a tea made from longan aril, red dates, wolf berry or ginseng are helpful. With a nauseous or upset stomach, a hawthorn fruit or tangerine peel tea can relieve the discomfort; sleep disturbed by a headache can use a tea made from chrysanthemum, Sichuan lovage or cassia seed; a depressive or irritable mood will be alleviated with a tea made from lotus plumule, albizia flower, rose bud or jasmine.

Generally, the tea may be a combination of leaves, bark, buds and roots. When using roots or bark or other coarse components, you need to grind them properly or boil them to make a decoction. You are advised to drink the tea in the evening, which help release tension and soothe the mind after busy work.

The following are some simple tea recipes that help promote sleep.

Chrysanthemum tea

Place dried chrysanthemum (10g) in a cup of boiling water, infuse for five minutes then add sugar to taste. Chrysanthemum clears liver fireand inhibits a hyperactive liver, which can cause insomnia, dizziness, irritability and eye soreness. The tea is particularly suitable for people with hypertension or other cardiovascular diseases.

Albizia flower tea

Steep albizia flower (12g) in hot water for 5 minutes and serve warm. The flower has an effect of relieving qi stagnation caused by emotional distress, and thus can ease a stressful mind, allowing the body to relax and fall into sleep. TCM uses it for conditions like insomnia, depression, tightness in the chest and poor mental functioning. Drinking the tea regularly helps to stabilize the nervous system and maintain a calm mood.

Lotus plumule tea

Steep lotus plumule (5g) and licorice root (5g) in hot water for 10 minutes and serve warm. The tea is slightly bitter in taste, which clears heart fire and helps relieve insomnia accompanied by irritability and mouth dryness.

Common rush and bamboo leaf tea

Boil common rush (10g) and fresh bamboo leaf (30g), with 500mls of water for 15 minutes, add sugar to taste. The two ingredients clear heart fire and calm the mind. The tea is suitable for insomnia accompanied by irritability, palpitations, forgetfulness and urinary difficulty.

Acorus tea

Boil acorus (3g), hawthorn fruit (15g) and red dates (5 pieces) with the desired amount of water for 20 minutes, add brown sugar to taste. The tea is suitable for insomnia accompanied by palpitations, forgetfulness and low appetite.

Chinese arborvitae kernel tea

Fry Chinese arborvitae kernel (500g), crush slightly and store in a sealed container. Each time, take 15-20g of the herb, infuse with hot water and wait for 10 minutes, and then mix with honey. The tea is suitable for insomnia or dream-disturbed sleep accompanied by a pale complexion, forgetfulness, palpitations, and constipation.

Longan aril tea

Steep longan aril (10g) in hot water for 10 minutes, add rock sugar to taste. Longan aril invigorates the heart and spleen, and calms the mind. This tea is suitable for those who are mentally exhausted, have difficulty sleeping and who have a poor memory.

Schisandra tea

First, roast and crush the desired amount of schisandra, and store in a sealed container. Each time, take 5g of the herb and infuse with hot water, wait for 3 minutes and then add honey to taste. Schisandra promotes lung and kidney functioning, and helps relieve insomnia, fatigue and night sweats.

Prickly acanthopanax root tea

Boil prickly acanthopanax root also known as Siberian ginseng (15g) and schisandra (6g) with the desired amount of water for 20 minutes, add sugar to taste. The tea improves sleep quality, and is good for those with anemia. It also helps prevent coronary disease.

Wolf berry and jujube seed tea

Steep wolf berry fruit (10g) and sour jujube seed (10g) in a cup of hot water for 20 minutes, add brown sugar to taste. The tea nourishes the body and calms the mind. It is suitable for those who experience insomnia, irritability and mental fatigue due to insufficient essence and blood.

Ginseng tea

Simmer ginseng (10g) with 400ml of water for 15 minutes. There are different types of ginseng, suitable for different situations. For people with mental fatigue, shortness of breath, mouth dryness and a red tongue, American ginseng or white Chinese ginseng is appropriate; while people who have limb coldness, sensitivity to low temperatures, poor appetite and a pale tongue, red ginseng is the right choice. In addition to ginseng root, its fibrous root, leaf, flower, fruit and stem can be the cheaper alternatives to use as a tea. It should be noted that TCM regards ginseng as a strong tonic, and is contraindicated in some situations, such as the early stages of cold and flu, excessive throat secretions, thick and greasy tongue coating, skin sores, diarrhea and indigestion.

Reishi mushroom tea

Simmer the herb(10g) with 400ml of water for 20 minutes and when cool, add honey (20g). Reishi mushroom has a bitter taste, and is a popular anti-aging ingredient. TCM use it for situations like insomnia, dizziness, fatigue, chronic coughing, and indigestion. Modern research shows that it has calming and pain killing effects.

Pulse-activating drink

Boil ginseng (3g), dwarf lily-turf tuber (10g) and schisandra (10g), with 3000ml water for 2 hours. Keep the solution warm and drink regularly during the day. This is a classic TCM formula which can replenish qi (vital energy), stabilize blood circulation, nourish the body and calm the mind. It is suitable for people who suffer from restless sleep, frequent dreams, palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue and mouth drynes

Walnut milk

Fry or bake walnut (30g) and black sesame (20g) slightly and put a food processor; pour in cow's milk (180ml) and soybean milk (180ml), stir the ingredients thoroughly, then simmer over a low fire for 10 minutes. Separate the milk into two lots, one for morning and evening. This healthy milk is suitable for elderly people or during recovery from illness, and particularly benefits those with insomnia, dizziness and a weak lumbar spine.

Licorice, wheat and jujube drink

Boil licorice root (10g), shriveled wheat (30g) and common jujube fruit (10 pieces) with 1500 ml of water for one hour. Keep the solution warm and separate it for 2 to 3 times a day. This is a classic TCM formula for treating nervous breakdowns. TCM uses this prescription to relieve problems like insomnia, palpitations, irritability, sadness, frequent yawning and night sweating, which is claimed to be due toheart under-functioning, blood and yin deficiencies, or liver qi stagnation.

In addition to herbal teas or drinks, TCM also use herbal syrups and wines to promote sleep.

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