Vital Role of Tea in TCM


We know that Chinese people are enthusiastic lovers of green tea yet now it gains more and more popularity among people all over the world. Billions of people drink green tea worldwide. Due to traditional Chinese medicine tea is subdivided into five categories: green tea, Wulong tea, compressed tea, black tea and scented tea. All of them have their healing properties but Green tea is considered to be the most valuable in TCM.

History of Green Tea

Though this popular drink was discovered 4,000 years ago we may still enjoy its amazing taste today. According to one of the Chinese legends, Shen Nung, the second emperor of China invented tea by accident. The legend says: “One day while he was sitting in the garden some leaves fell down  in his cup of water, the emperor tried that water which had a nice aroma and flavor, thus the tea leaves was discovered. “  Moreover, the emperor discovered not only green tea but Chinese medicine as well. According to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) all green tea was compressed into cakes. Loose leaf tea became popular during the Ming dynasty and remains the best drink on social occasions today as well.  

Camellia sinensis small leaf Chinese tea was first found in the mountains of Sichuan. The first tea garden was credited to Wu Li Zhen. 

Properties of Green tea

Green tea contains vitamins and minerals, polyphenols, no caffeine. The polyphenols stimulates the production of several immune system cells it also has antibacterial properties.  It can destroy free radicals and prevent from cancer and heart diseases. Green tea contains catechin which effectively prevents viruses, enhances immune system function.

Green tea has been consumed throughout the ages in different countries. Especially in Chinese medicine, green tea serves as a stimulant for promoting the excretion of urine, astringent for controlling bleeding as well as for improving heart health. Not to mention the fact that green tea includes treating gas that regulates body temperature and blood sugar as well improves mental processes.  

Medicinal Properties of Green Tee Can Help


  • Atherosclerosis 
  • Cancer 


According to TCM green and black tea have magic properties of protecting people against cancer. For instance, the rate of cancer in China is lower rather than in others countries. The fact is consumption of green tea regularly.  The polyphenols in green tea plays a vital role in the prevention of cancer. Chinese doctors also believe that polyphenols help to kill cancerous cells and stop their progression. 


  • Bladder cancer 
  • Breast cance. 
  • Ovarian cancer 
  • Esophageal cancer 
  • Lung cancer 
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Stomach cancer 


Besides above mentioned diseases it's a a great remedy against:


  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Green tea reduces inflammation associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis


  • Diabetes  


Green tea controls blood sugar in the body. It helps to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed. 


  • Liver disease


The men who usually drink at least ten cups of tea per day, they have lower percentage to have the disorders of the liver.  Also, green tea protects the liver from damaging effects of toxic substances as alcohol. 


  • Weight loss 


According to Chinese medicine green tea can boost metabolism and help to burn fat. Especially, the substances in green tea which are called polyphenols are very effective in the battle against excess weight.

Green, black, and oolong tea belongs to the Camellia sinensis plant. It can be found in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. 

How to Take It

Chinese medicine strictly recommends 2 - 3 cups of green tea per day. 

10 Best Chinese teas


  • Longjing  
  • Biluochun 
  • Huangshanmaofeng 
  • Junshan Silver Needle 
  • Qimen Black Tea 
  • Liuan Guapian 
  • Xinyang Maojian
  • Duyun Maojian 
  • Wuyi Rock Tea 
  • Tieguanyin


Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits one of which is to prevent cancer or fight it.

This sort of tea contains polyphenols and catechin that are responsible for good looking, so you will look more younger.

Green tea has high antioxidant activity so it protects body from oxidative damage and provides immunoprotective qualities.

Chinese Etiquette

Tea plays an integral part in Chinese culture. It is a symbol of togetherness and a way of showing respect to visitors. Tea is always offered to a guest in Chinese home. 

As you can see, tea is not only a traditional custom of Chinese people, it is also recognized as the best medical treatment.