Healing Chinese Herbal Teas
To Balance Qi
Select groups of Chinese herbal teas are unsurpassed in ways to relieve stress and have the unique ability to correct stress related imbalances and complications that are so prevalent today.
Although drinking a soothing cup of tea can be a relaxing experience in itself—keep in mind that different kinds of herbal teas can be enjoyed as beverages or used medicinally.
With plenty of reliable “calming” teas on the market, finding one is easy!
Many quality Chinese herbal teas are from time-proven ancient formulas in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). There’s a full range of appropriate herbs for stress and an endless assortment to choose from.
Seems obvious, but when you drink an herbal stress relief tea… (or take any kind of herbal remedy for stress for that matter), matching the herb’s unique energetics to the types of stress—and multi stress symptoms you have—can be a bit tricky.
Take it from the Chinese… who knows TEA better?
For the novice, it’s best to always identify any herb by its botanical name. This practice is important for those wanting to make up his or her own herbal tea recipes.
Traditional Chinese Teas
Native to China, traditional brewing tea comes from the Camellia sinensis
tea plant. This single plant supplies the countless varieties of black, white, green, pu-erh
The distinction in color, flavor and chemical content is due to the different harvest methods and fermenting processes. All naturally contain a certain amount of caffeine.
Herbal Green Tea
Some people refer to “herbal” green tea, as pure green tea… but often the term implies to an herbal tea blend. Leaves of the true tea plant are frequently mixed with other herbs or flowers – such as chrysanthemum, jasmine or osmanthus.
Whichever the case… by itself or if used as a base for any herbal tea, for health reasons - Chinese green tea certainly deserves an honorable mention as a worthy stress reducer amid the Chinese herbal teas.
You’ve heard of the polyphenols and catechins found in white and green tea… they offer powerful antioxidant protection. Yet, the amino acid theanine is very effective for tension, stress and anxiety—relaxing without inducing drowsiness.
Theanine also has exceptional
controlling qualities and the ability to increase your brain’s alpha waves (what naturally occurs when you’re in an alert, but relaxed mental state of consciousness).
All Herbal Tisane Tea
Tisanes are what you might call an authentic herbal beverage, not using any part of the Camellia sinensis tea plant at all. A wide variety of herbs and herbal medicinal plants can make up a delightful cup of pleasant-tasting herbal tea for stress relief.
Try Chinese Herbal Teas With:
- Amla (Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthes emblica) - Yu gan zi
-- antioxidant, enhances the circulatory and immune systems
- Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) – Luo shen hua
-- helps control high blood pressure
- Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) - Ji xue cao
-- enhances energy and concentration, helps anxiety, mental fatigue, and irritability
- Lycium (Lycium chinensis, L. barbarum) - Gou qu zi
-- helps boost immune function, lowers blood sugars
Common Relaxation Herbs
That Make Great Teas On Their Own:
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
- Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia, L. latifolia)
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
- Linden flower (Tilia platyphyllos, T. cordata)
- Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate)
- St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
- Tulsi/Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum, O. gratissimum)
A single-herb tea infusion is fine, but they do have limitations. You may wonder what the herbal tea benefits are that combine two or more herbs…
Remarkably, Chinese herbal teas that are multi-herb concoctions can bring about a synergy creating far greater reaching effects for each than you would ever have using either herb alone.
Within TCM you often see formulas of four to twelve different herbs. Several herbs may target the main ailment with supportive herbs used to enhance them. Still others can be added to further harmonize in the treatment of related organs and imbalances or simply improve taste.
Chinese Medicinal Tea
From the 252 medicinal herbs listed in the Chinese ancient textbook, Shennong Herbal, age-old Chinese herbal remedies have used a classification of Superior herbs—what we now call adaptogens.
are considered nontoxic. People can safely take them as a daily tonic or medicinal tea in sensible amounts for extended periods of time.
In Oriental and Chinese herbal medicines, the term adaptogen means Qi-tonic. Qi tonics are said to nourish the organs and strengthen the vital energy of the body (Qi) and restore balance (Yin and Yang).
Superior Chinese herbal teas and tonics resist stress and support your body to heal itself. This type of herbal tea remedy will adapt as needed to help balance and normalize conditions of weakness.
The herbal anti stress qualities regulate the endocrine stress hormones, strengthen the immune system, and allow the body to maintain optimal homeostasis.
Here are several herbs to look for:
- Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) – Ren shen
-- central nervous system stimulant
- Jiaogulan – (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) - Jiao gu lan
-- protects and enhances the immune system
- Reishi (Ganoderma laucidum) – Ling zhi
-- helps in emotional balance, anxiety, insomnia
- Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) – Wu wei zi
-- helps nervous, immune, and endocrine systems; calms anxiety
Many of the herbs used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine are not particularly pleasing to the taste buds. Chinese belief is… “Good medicine is bitter but good for treating disease, so the more bitter the better.”
With that being said… some of the loose, single-herb Chinese herbal teas in this category may need a little help in acquiring a taste to your liking.
Stevia is a highly sweet, low-calorie natural herb that can be used as a substitute sweetener or try licorice, ginger, honey, or fresh lemon.
Formulas are designed with that in mind... ;-)
DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This information is not a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider.
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