Chinese tea is a drink that has been made from the tea leaves that have been processed using methods that traced its roots to China. Careful selection of tea leaves is often made in order to make a Chinese tea. The leaves that are considered to be of highest grade are the white tea, the yellow tea and the green tea. These are taken from the young tea shoots that are often harvested during early spring. Tea leaves of this type are often required to be of equal length but much shorter than the buds. The red tea or the oolong tea is made using more mature leaves.
But not all of the high grade Green teas are made from young tender shoots. The Liu An Gua Pian is made using the more matured leaves. Usually the picking of the tea leaves are timed. Based on some records the standard practice is to pick the tea leaves when five percent of the garden is ready. For most tea gardens, leaves from these plants are harvested every day or every two days.
Drinking of Chinese tea has a number of benefits to the human body. Since the tea has cooling properties, then a Chinese tea can be a good choice of refreshments during hot season. Chinese tea also contains both sweet and bitter flavors and as such can help a refresh the mind of the person and tea can help make the person feel alert. This is also a perfect drink in order to boost the concentration of the drinker. By tradition, Chinese used this tea as a way to relieve indigestion and at the same time help persons who have problems with their bowel movements. The efficiency of the Chinese tea can be boosted if the tea can be combined with Tetradium Ruticarpum. The tea can also be helpful in relieving headaches, dizziness, sleepiness and heat stroke. If the tea is processed together with vinegar, then the solution is a perfect solution for diarrhea. The decoction of the tea on the other hand can be used to address dysentery.
Based on some studies, Chinese tea also contains more than 300 chemical substances that can prove effective in relieving a number of pains and effective as well in addressing a number of ailments. Some of these important chemicals include the catechin, caffeine, flavonol, butyric acid, vitamins, minerals, pectins, saccharides and saponin. These chemicals usually act on the body's central nervous system and the cardiovascular system. They act as anti-oxidants muscular relaxants and acts as diuretics as well.
The chemicals on the Chinese tea can also help in the promotion of gastric secretions and may inhibit the growth of bacteria. Drinking Chinese tea can also help the person develop and strengthen his immune system, slows down the aging process and can help as well in the prevention of certain cancers. The tea can also help in lowering the blood pressure and has a hand as well in the prevention of arteriosclerosis. Drinking tea can also prevent tooth decay, can freshen the breath of a person and assist in the digestion process. This can enhance the functions of the body's kidneys.
Medical research has shown miraculous healing powers in tea. Regular consumption of tea helps to:
Tea has antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic and detoxifying properties that make it effective in treating infectious dysentery as well as easing inflammatory bowel disease.
Prevent Heart Disease
A recent study found that drinking more than two cups of tea a day helps to decrease the risk of death following a heart attack by 44 percent.
Green tea extracts were found to inhibit the growth of bladder cancer cells in the lab - while other studies suggest that drinking green tea protects against developing stomach, prostate and esophageal cancers.
Research suggests that older women who are tea drinkers are 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who do not drink tea.
Increase Bone Density
Drinking tea regularly for years may produce stronger bones. Those who drank tea on a regular basis for 10 or more years had higher-bone mineral density in their spines than those who had not.
Aid Oral Health
Researchers who have been investigating the medicinal properties of tea think that tea may be able to help people afflicted with bad breath, or halitosis, prevent cavities and gum disease.
Strengthen the Immune System
The antioxidant, detoxifying antibacterial properties of tea, as well as the vitamins and minerals present in tea helps to strengthen our immune system.
For years studies in China and Japan have shown that the folklore about tea does contain some truth -- it does promote longer life Japanese smokers have only half the lung cancer rate as American smokers. In areas of Japan where the most tea is drunk the rate of stomach cancer is the lowest. In a study of 6,000 Japanese women those who drank 5 cups or more of Green tea per day cut their risk of strokes by 50 percent. "Drinking tea with meals in Japan and China" says a cancer researcher at the University of British Columbia" is thought to be a major reason for low cancer rates in these countries".
Long-term consumption of black tea -- the kind that most Americans and Europeans drink -- and of other foods such as apples containing chemicals called flavonoids was associated with a much lower risk of stroke in a study of 552 Dutch men. Flavonoids are natural vitamin like compounds. They make blood cells called platelets less prone to clotting and act as antioxidants countering the artery-damaging potential of highly reactive free radical chemicals.
In the study men with a high flavonoid intake had a 73 percent lower risk of stroke during 15 years of follow-up compared with men with a low intake of flavonoids. The men in the study got about 70 percent of their flavonoids from drinking black tea.
Men who drank more than 4-7 cups of tea a day had a 69 percent reduced risk of stroke compared with men who drank less than 2-6 cups a day, said the researchers of the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection in Bilthoven, the Netherlands.
Tea also helps prevent tooth decay in several ways. It contains a solid dose of fluoride and works better than the antibiotic tetracycline. According to researchers at the Tokyo Dental College, it fights the kinds of bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease and the eventual loss of the teeth. It also kills the greatest cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth, Streptococcus mutans.
In addition, researchers in Australia announced that a cup of tea could be the next weapon in the fight against skin cancer. A study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization revealed that mice made to sip black tea suffered 54 percent fewer cancers than those that drank water. Both sets of test animals were exposed to levels of ultraviolet rays that an average Australian receives.
Earlier studies on black tea have shown that it can be effective against some forms of cancer and may even prevent heart and liver disease. Properties in green and black tea called antioxidants are thought to be active agents against skin cancer. In the past 10 to 15 years, a growing body of research has shown that foods and vitamins with a strong anti-oxidant effect may reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer and aging.
Human trials using black tea as a preventative against skin cancer began in Australia in 1997.
Research has shown that Green tea may contain cancer-fighting agents, and certain herbal teas claim to combat or soothe many maladies.
Herbal teas, called tisanes, technically are not teas at all, but infusions of various herbs, flowers and spices instead of Camellia sinensis leaves. Many herbal teas use catchy names and packaging to enhance their appeal.
Iced tea works as well as hot tea in bestowing health benefits. An American invention and very rare in the rest of the world, 80 percent of the tea drunk in America is iced, Keemun is one of Holy Mountain's teas that works well over ice.
Pu-erh tea, pronounced "POO-air", from Yunnan province in China, has long been considered a special delicacy and an indispensable part of daily health care. Many give this remarkable tea credit for restoring and maintaining good health. Generations of Chinese have drunk this tea after rich meals to "cut the grease" In the 1970's Chinese doctors in Kunming reported clinical experiments in which drinking pu-erh was shown to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. French researchers at St. Antoine Hospital in Paris duplicated these results and found that three cups of pu-erh a day for a month brought lipids down 25 percent in 20 hyperlipidemia patients, while those on other teas showed no change. These tests showed pu-erh performed at least as well as clofibrate, the most advanced medicine for the purpose, without the drug's side effects. It has since been shown to help reduce body weight by increasing the metabolism. Many report that drinking it after meals relieves any overstuffed feelings and aids digestion. The Chinese claim that pu-erh also can lower blood alcohol after drinking, prevent dysentery, and stimulate secretions from the spleen and other organs.
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