The many different benefits of drinking tea

The many different benefits of drinking tea

For thousands of years, drinking tea has been an important part of Chinese culture. While tea was often consumed during ceremonies or celebrations, the health benefits of drinking tea were also widely recognised and largely applauded.

Today, the benefits of drinking tea continue to play an important role in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modern research has allowed us to learn more about the benefits of drinking tea – with many studies serving to confirm what our ancestors have always believed.

While most teas are full of cell-protecting antioxidants, each unique blend offers it’s own set of additional health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits of drinking different teas.

Green Tea

Most commonly known for its metabolism-boosting and fat-burning properties, green tea has also been found to offer protection from cancer and heart disease.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is often prescribed for those suffering from insomnia, and is considered to be one of the most widely used natural sleep aids. However, it also features strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an excellent choice for anyone experiencing stomach cramps.

Peppermint Tea

One of the most popular tea varieties, peppermint tea has a cooling effect which has been shown to reduce fevers. It also helps to improve digestion and reduce bloating and stomach discomfort, making it a top choice to combat against irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is often praised for it’s ability to reduce nausea and vomiting associated with travel sickness. Impressively, it can also help to improve circulation, fight respiratory problems and strengthen immunity.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea is a natural diuretic, which means it aids the liver in eliminating toxins from the body more quickly and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Dandelion tea is also known to have a great cleansing effect, and is often used in detoxification practices.

3 ways Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you lose the winter weight

3 ways Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you lose the winter weight

As we head into the warmer months, many of us are feeling the effects of the extra calories we have consumed over winter. If you’re keen to shed a few kilos in time for summer, consider these 3 ways that Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you lose the winter weight.

Cleanse the body

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the liver, and just as we spring clean our homes, we also need to spring clean our body.

A simple diet of fresh fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to detoxify your digestive system and start you on your way to losing weight. Try to include vitamin rich greens like alfalfa, asparagus, broccoli, lettuces, celery, fennel, cucumber and collard and reduce your consumption of coffee, alcohol, starches and sugar.

Herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicine can be incredibly helpful to aid in weight loss. Herbal medicines are tailored to your individual needs, and different combinations of herbs can influence different factors.

Herbal medicines are intended help promote balance and better health, however they may help to stabilise hunger, improve your energy, and enhance your immune system – all important to be mindful of when losing weight.

Acupuncture

In conjunction with healthy diet and exercise, acupuncture can be a great addition to your weight loss plan.

For many people who experience difficulty losing weight, excessive hunger can be one of the biggest challenges. Acupuncture therapy can used to stimulate the hypothalamus, the part of the brain which regulates hormones and balances hunger levels.

Acupuncture has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which can put an end to stress eating. Less stress can also work to control the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone which is responsible for stubborn fat deposits predominantly stored around the abdominal area.

For further guidance on how Traditional Chinese Medicine can assist you to lose weight, please contact us today.