Herbs, Teas and Foods for the Blood, Nerves and Digestion.The debate of Diet or Supplementation?
Tea or herb. Which one? Naturopaths believe that in order to change chronic (long standing) ill health, one must take the natural supplement of the herbs. For acute (short standing illness or imbalance), teas are a perfect aid. Natural medicine believes in slow changes regularly. Teas will help a little bit everyday
Scientists at Tufts University in Boston looked at three popular herbal teas – chamomile, peppermint and hibiscus. The scientists found test-tube evidence that chamomile tea has significant anti-platelet clumping benefits, thereby helping to reduce the occurrence of blood clots. The study also found that chamomile tea has moderate anti-microbial activity. Naturopath advice will usually always recommend a certain type of tea therefore, for a certain type of individual, depending on their condition
Peppermint tea, the scientists found, has significant antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which may explain why sipping peppermint tea, can ease digestion and diarrhea. Peppermint tea was also found to contain antioxidants and some anti-tumor and anti-allergenic properties. Naturopathy is very fond of the addition of peppermint for settling down any stomach or bloating pain, irritation or bloating.
The study was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Celestial Seasoning group. The scientists, who work at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, concluded there is enough evidence to warrant further clinical studies into the health benefits of herbal teas. However, evidence is limited due to funds. To just ask the alternative therapies practitioners if there was any benefit to these teas, then you would have your resounding results. This is particularly true of Chinese Therapists.
But why wait for more studies? Go pop on the kettle and settle down with a healthy herbal brew right now!