Ku Ding Cha
Ku Ding Cha
Net Wt: 250g
About Ku Ding Cha
Ku Ding Cha is a beverage tea consumed in China as an alternative to the more common, ordinary green tea. Ku Ding describes this particular beverage tea: ku means bitter, which aptly describes the initial taste, and ding is a Chinese character that looks like a spike, depicting the appearance of the dried, long leaves when they are twisted into a narrow nail-like piece; they can also be formed into balls or rolls.
Ku Ding Cha was described in a classical book on Chinese medicinal herbs - Bencao Gangmu Shiyi (1765), originally called Dong Qing, which refers to the fact that it is an evergreen tree (dong means winter, and qing means green; it is the tree that stays green through the winter).
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 Ku Ding Cha 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.
Because of its cooling function, Ku Ding Cha is not suitable for those with low blood pressure, weak digestive system, cold stomach, acid reflux, or for women during pregnancy or have recently given birth or are breast feeding, and for women during menstruation.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.