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Camellia Sinensus, Green Tea, Tea

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Most Common Name: Green Tea
Botanical Name: Camellia Sinensus, Camellia Thea
Also Known As (other names): Thea Sinensis

Green Tea and Black Tea come from the same plant. In both cases only tender young leaves and buds are harvested but the process of making the dried leaf flakes is very different. Apart from mild heating to dry the leaves undergo a limited amount of processing to produce Green Tea while the more well known Black Tea is processed extensively by roasting, fermenting, drying and soaking before the end result is roasted until dry for packaging. Oolong tea is also fermented but not as much. Some black teas are not fermented.

Traditionally Green Tea was only produced in China and Japan and Black tea was produced in India and Sri Lanka. Today tea is grown all over the world but China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya account for most commercial production.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

 StimulantAstringentDiuretic
AntioxidantDiarrhoeaDysentery
Tumour InhibitorWeight lossCancer Inhibitor

 

 

 

Administered as:

 TeaA liquid extractA powder
Solid extract  

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

 

Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):

Caffeine: Caffeine is a mentholated xanthine.

Caffeine is a very effective central nervous system stimulant, overcoming fatigue and sleepiness as well as increasing alertness. Prolonged use can lead to chronic insomnia and overdose will cause insomnia, agitation and tremours.

Caffeine also increases the heart rate and raises metabolism as well as raising blood pressure. Caffeine is sometimes effective against migraines.

Caffeine is habit forming and in addicts withdrawal can cause severe headaches.

 

Tannins: Tannins are the largest group of polyphenols found widely in bark, wood, leaves and even some fruit. Widely used to tan animal hides in the leather production industry this constituent is an Astringent, works against inflammation in mucus membranes and other skin conditions, prevents bleeding of small wounds as well as uterine bleeding and is effective against diarrhoea and dysentery.

Tannins should be used with care as they tend to inhibit the absorption of other nutrients and substances therefore reducing the efficacy of other medicinal compounds in the medication.

 

Resins: Brittle, often transparent substances secreted by plants in response to damage to the plant.  Insoluble in water but soluble in alcohol and non volatile oils, Resins are used in incense because of the high amount of smoke accompanied when burning them. Unless the resin is broken up further into various constituents it is difficult to asses the value or properties of a particular resin.

 

Polyphenols - Flavonoids: Affecting the cardiovascular system flavonoids protect against environmental stress and pollution. Based on studies a correlation was found with improved cardiovascular function. A similar study found the same trend in respect of strokes. general effects of flavenoids: antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive while specific actions are membrane strengthening and antioxidant.

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

 

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

 

Vitamin C: A water soluble white crystalline vitamin.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is best known for its infection fighting properties (popular as a remedy for flu's and colds) but it plays two other vital roles in the body: it is crucial in the formation of collagen (the protein that is responsible for strong joints and bones as well as a healthy skin) and it plays a role in the formation of red blood cells.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals. It is used by many to improve fertility as it is believed to protect genetic substances due to its antioxidant properties and improves sperm health quality and production.

Natural sources of vitamin c is most berries, tomatoes, citrus fruit and fresh green leafy vegetables.

Collagen: Not a constituent of a plant or other natural remedy this substance is so essential to the body that it warrants description.

Collagen is a fibrous protein that forms the fibers of skin, tendons ligaments and bones. This fibrous "mat" or collage is responsible for the strength of teeth and bones, strength of cell walls and the underlying structural make-up of the skin. Collagen makes up almost a third of all protein in the body.

With age (assisted by sun-damage) the collagen fibers in the skin become rigid and the body gradually loses its ability to repair or rejuvenate these collagen fibers (as a result of a weakening, hardening or even breakdown of the very fine capillaries that feed the skin).

 

 

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