Kuding Tea

As weather changes, it is easy to get under the weather.It’s August, but it doesn’t always feel that way.  Inflammation, aching joints, and just not feeling well in general. Instead of going to your local drug store and abusing over the counter drugs, maybe Kuding tea, a chinese tea known for its medicinal properties, could help.

Kuding tea  has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  It is known for being bitter, but some drinkers note that it has a sweet aftertaste. In traditional Chinese medicine Kuding tea is known  for its many uses. It is popular  for ailments such as improving memory and focusing the mind,helping with the common cold, with headaches and  sinusitis, and treating bronchitis.  Kuding Tea is also said to improve digestion, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.  It is quite a tea.

When brewing this tea, it’s a good idea to use just two or three of the spikes if it’s your first experience of the tea because of its strong bitter taste. As you become accustomed to the tea then 3-5 spikes are usual. Use hot water, not boiling water – between 80-90 degrees centigrade for one minute. The spikes can be used over several times – after the second brewing you will need to increase the steeping time.

Although there is no medical evidence to support it, Kuding tea has become popular for promoting weight loss. The reason being it isn’t known whether if there is any weight loss if it is due to fluid rather than fat loss.  Kuding tea is being researched and developed in China alongside other traditionally used and revered herbs so that its traditionally known benefits can be established.

In terms of use, do not drink Kuding tea if you are pregnant, have recently given birth or are breast feeding, during menses, have low blood pressure. If you experience any adverse symptoms then stop use of the tea. You should always consult your doctor before making diet choices and if you have any other medication – definitely ask your doctor.

Warnings aside, Kuding Tea might be a great thing to have in your medicine cabinet- especially with the changing seasons.

 



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