- It is used to ease pain and inflammation. It detoxifies the body and helps to reduce fat and blood pressure. It is also used for headache, eye illnesses, runny nose and helps to speed recovery from a cold. It is also effective for weight loss or maintenance.
- Kuding is considered a Yin Herb and is used to reduced internal heat. It helps to invigorate the digestion system and promotes the secretion of saliva. Chinese believe it will get rid of grease in the stomach and reduce flatulence and heartburn.
- Kuding contains 18 amino acids, water extraction, polyphenol, flavones, FAA, water soluble protein, water-soluble sugar, crude fat, vitamin C, B1,B2, E, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu, Se.
Grown in the forest of Southern China, it is a very unique and special tea known for its bitterness. This tea has been known to help with the function of the liver, heart and kidney. It helps with the lowering of the blood pressure and cholesterol level
Kuding? It’s not a tea, but actually made from the leaves of the holly category of ilex, t ilex or ligustrum. Ku means bitter in Chinese and ding means nail. It has been part of the Chinese diet in Southern China for 2000 years. Research has proven that it is a safe botanical to drink with no toxic side effects. The Chinese call it the Ginseng in the Teas and consider it a health tonic. Kuding is also called natural health tea, beauty tea, brain tonic, heart tonic or long life tea. It has no caffeine. Kuding is a very bitter botanical and takes a while to get used to. There is actually a sweet taste after the initial bitter taste so it is worth getting used to drinking. Each leaf is rolled into a stick or nail. Only one is needed to brew one cup of tea. Kuding can be brewed 2 times at 190 degrees for 1 minute. Any hotter and any longer will produce an unbearable flavor.
Considerable health benefit is attributed to Ku Ding Cha. In traditional Chinese medicine terms, it is used to disperse wind-heat, clear the head and the eyes, and resolve toxin, thus being used for common cold, rhinitis, itching eyes, red eyes, and headache. In addition, it is said to calm fidgets and alleviate thirst, especially when one is suffering from a disease that causes fever or severe diarrhea. It transforms phlegm and alleviates coughing, thus used in treating bronchitis. Finally, it is said to invigorate digestion and improve mental focus and memory.
Modern research suggests that the herb, whether derived from Ilex or Ligustrum, promotes blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, and lowers blood lipids, including cholesterol. It has the reputation of preventing deterioration of the heart and brain function and maintaining proper body weight. The main active components appear to be triterpene glycosides (saponins), which have been dubbed kudinosides and kudinlactones; it also contains polyphenols and flavonoids, somewhat like those found in ordinary tea.
The experience of drinking the tea is somewhat unusual. The taste of the tea is a pure, distinctive bitter, which, at first, would seem to make it undesirable. But, there is also an underlying sweet taste, one which becomes pronounced once the bitter wears off, a moment after taking a sip of the tea. It doesn’t take too long to become accustomed to the taste and then find it attractive, in much the same way that coffee and other bitter drinks are desired. The strength of the tea can be adjusted to one’s liking. It takes only a few spikes, typically 3-5 of them, to make a pot of tea for one person; hot water can be added again to the leaves, even several times, to make more tea.
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