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The first year is tea. The third year, tea is medicine. The tenth year, tea is a treasure.
Health Benefits of Tea
Health Benefits of Tea
The first year is tea. The third year, tea is medicine. The tenth year, tea is a treasure.

Tea Essential Health Benefits

Since ancient times, the Chinese have revered tea for its healing properties. In 1440, Ming dynasty author Zhu Quan (1378-1448) described the effects of tea in his book “Chapu” or “The Manual of Tea” as follows:

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“Tea is beneficial to the large intestine; it helps remove internal heat, eliminates phlegm, and clears the breathing passage. Furthermore, tea relieves hangovers and benefits the digestive system. Tea drinking helps soothe feelings of discomfort, eliminates grease, and refreshes one’s mind.”

“Tea quenches our thirst, stimulates the mind, and yet calms our nerves.”

According to Chinese herbal medicine, different types of tea offer various health benefits due to processing methods.

Fun Facts

The Chinese have an ancient saying about tea’s healing qualities:

First Year Is Tea. The third Year Is Medicine. The tenth Year Is Treasure.

一年茶 三年药 十年寶

Before we dive into each type of tea’s specific healing qualities, let’s first understand the six major tea types. Learn more about the six types of tea here.

Six Major Tea Types

featured image blog Six Types of Tea with loose leaf tea and tea in tea cups


White Tea

Examples: Bai Hao Yin Zhen, Bai Mu Dan, Bai Mei, or White Eyebrow.

Yellow Tea

A tea varietal such as Green, Black, or Oolong mixed with flowers. Examples include Jasmine Green, Rose Black, and Osmanthus Oolong.

Green Tea

Good examples include Bi Lo Chun, Gunpowder, Lung Ching, Matcha, and Sencha.

Oolong tea

Significant cultivars of Oolong tea include Wuyi Rock tea (also known as Wuyi Oolong tea), Da Hong Pao, Dong Ding Oolong, Ti Guan Yin, or Iron Goddess of Mercy, etc.

Black Tea

The most famous Black teas include Lapsang Souchong, Darjeeling Black, Assam Black, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, etc.

Puer tea (or Pu Erh, Pu-erh, or Dark tea, aka “Hei Cha” in Chinese)

Also spelled Pu Erh, or Pu’er or Puerh, this ultra-dark tea is indigenous of the Yunnan province in China.

According to Chinese herbal medicine and courtesy of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware in Hong Kong, here is a shortlist of tea’s primary health benefits by tea types.

Health Benefits By Tea Type:

White Tea

  • Lower blood fat level
  • Reduce blood sugar level
  • Increase antioxidant level
  • Boost the immune system
  • Improve skin complexion
  • Relieve summer heat 

Yellow tea or Scented or Mixed tea

Depending on the type of tea mixed with the flowers, these specific tea yields certain health benefits, such as follows:

Jasmine Green tea

  • Reduce stress
  • Nourish intestines and stomach
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Detoxify liver
  • Improve vision

Rose Black tea

  • Improve blood deficiency
  • Strengthen the endocrine system
  • Reduce stress

Osmanthus Oolong tea

  • Improve digestive system
  • Reduce stress
  • Detox
  • Eliminate bad breath

Green Tea

  • Lower blood fat level
  • Reduce blood sugar level
  • Increase antioxidant level
  • Strengthen blood capillaries
  • Boost immune system
  • Promote dental health
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Protect against damage due to radiation exposure
  • Detoxification
  • Improve skin complexion

Oolong tea

  • Lower blood fat level
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol level
  • Increase antioxidant level
  • Relieve atherosclerosis
  • Boost immune system
  • Promote dental health
  • Protect against damage due to radiation exposure
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Detox the body of alcohol
  • Stimulate fat-burning
  • Eliminate grease after meals

Black Tea

  • Lower blood fat level
  • Reduce blood sugar level
  • Increase antioxidant level
  • Strengthen blood capillaries
  • Relieve atherosclerosis
  • Improve digestive system
  • Help digestion

Puer or Dark Tea

  • Lower blood fat level
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol level
  • Relieve atherosclerosis
  • Warm stomach and digestive system
  • Help digestion
  • Help weight loss

The Chinese people have been drinking tea for millennia, with good reasons. I’ve been drinking tea since I was a child. What tea do you like the most and why? Please do share. Meanwhile, cheers to your health!

Learn more about how tea is processed here.

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