A Guide to Chinese Healthy Teas

If you think your choice of tea is limited to breakfast tea or green tea, think again. A wide variety of healthy teas have an impressive range of health benefits. Chances are one of them fits your health needs to a T.

The Chinese have mastered the art of making tea for health and wellness. Interestingly, many of their ‘teas’ do not include actual tea leaves but combine herbs steeped in water and enjoyed like tea. These beverages often taste like tea, too.

Nourished Blood

Yin Yang Classic Tea is known for its ability to nourish blood and boost energy. Its prominent ingredients include reishi mushroom, ginseng and licorice. This tea serves as an antioxidant, adaptogenic, immune enhancement and restorative after illness or periods of great fatigue. This combination makes it the perfect tea for seniors or the middle-aged who desire more vitality, increased energy and a strengthened immune system. One to three cups daily is recommended.

Panta Tea is made from the once-rare mountainous herb known as jiao gu lan. In recent decades, this herb has been rediscovered and subjected to clinical research, which has shown it to have effects similar to those of ginseng. Like Yin Yang Classic Tea, Panta Tea also boosts energy, enhances body fluids and helps expel toxins. Medically speaking, Panta Tea is an adaptogenic and antioxidant that lowers cholesterol while supporting the liver and cardiovascular system and alleviating the symptoms of stress, high blood pressure and bronchitis.

Jiang Tang Cha, known in English as Essential Harmony Classic Tea, possesses natural metabolic and blood sugar balancing properties. This healthful tea is made of such ingredients as buckwheat, momordica lead, wolfberry leaf and pomegranate leaf. This combination not only tastes great, it also benefits the spleen, replenishes bodily fluids, relieves thirst, soothes dry throat and helps with diabetes.

Helping Weight Loss

Bojenmi Tea is commonly marketed as a weight loss tea. That is not its purpose, but it does promote weight loss as a healthful side effect. It helps you lose weight by strengthening the organs; detoxifying the liver, kidneys and intestines; and by moving stagnant energy. While Bojenmi Tea actually does contain 50 percent tea leaves in each serving, it also contains more than a dozen additional herbs that synergistically reduce fat, dry dampness, break up phlegm, improve energy, promote urination and support spleen and stomach health.

Sound good? Well, there’s more: Bojenmi Tea also removes atherosclerotic plaque in the blood vessels and reduces high blood pressure, thus lessening the chances for heart disease and stroke. That’s quite a bit from a tiny cup of tea. Prolonged use over time achieves these results, mostly through balancing the body and restoring its optimal function through detoxification.

Nurturing Heart And Mind

And consider Shen Tea, a traditional herbal tea that nurtures the heart and mind, eases stress, calms the spirit, soothes the liver, improves eye and heart health, cools and nurtures blood, resolves phlegm, promotes the smooth flow of bodily fluids and improves energy. Since Shen Tea does not actually include tea leaves, it is naturally decaffeinated. It contains these herbs: Morus alba leaf, Poria cocos fungus, Polygonum multiflorum root, Orzya sativa sprout-toasted, Salvia miltiorrhiza root, Ziziphus jujuba fruit and Polygala tenuifolia root.

This herbal tea helps calm the nerves, balance the emotions and reduce irritability and anxiety. As a result, it also improves sleep by reducing mental restlessness at night and limiting nightmares. In addition, Shen Tea helps improve concentration, reduce forgetfulness and soothe red, dry eyes.

According to classical Chinese theory, man was ruled by Shen, the “spirit,” and Xin, the “heart/mind.” These forces are said to control mental and physical health. When either is out of balance, a variety of ailments such as restlessness, anxiety and insomnia can arise.

Respite From Rigors

In today’s hectic world, a respite from the rigors of daily life is critical to health and well-being. Worrying, obsessing and overthinking tax the heart, an organ linked directly to the mind in Meridian energy theory. And an imbalance between the heart and kidneys — due to an excess or deficiency of the heart — is a common cause of insomnia and restlessness in Chinese medical theory.

The healing power of Chinese herbs and herbal teas is found in their synergistic ingredients that help balance the body and relieve negative symptoms that may seem unrelated but, with a systems view of the body, share a common root cause. Deciding to try herbal remedies and esoteric teas can seem daunting and a bit scary to the uninitiated. But they needn’t be. I hope this brief overview of some traditional Chinese healthy teas will give some guidance and point you in a direction that makes you want to give them a try.


Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.