Information on Green Tea

Latin NameCamellia sinensis
Other NamesChinese tea
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTea bag, capsule, tablet, bulk herb.
AffectsNervous system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsNot recommended for excessive or long-term use or for people who experience heart palpitations. If drinking the tea causes you to experience insomnia or anxiety, you can purchase both decaffeinated tea and standardized extract.
Botanical InfoA shrub with elliptical glossy green leaves; widely cultivated in China and other parts of Asia.
DescriptionGreen tea is beneficial for the cardiovascular system, lowering cholesterol and preventing platelet clumping. It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It also confers cancer prevention. It is used as a mouthwash to prevent plaque formation and tooth-decay. Green tea is antiviral and ulcer protective, as well as having the ability to lower blood glucose. The tea is drunk in many countries to help relieve diarrhea, reduce pain, and invigorate the mind and nervous system. It is the second most popular drink in the world, after water.

Green Tea has a taste of ASTRINGENT, AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1-3 cups daily
Extract1-2 tablets daily

Ailments Treated by Green Tea

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cholesterol, highcholesterol loweringtea, capsule, tablet
Cancerantitumortea, capsule, tablet


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