Type: Herbal Tea
Description: Kuding tea is a traditional Chinese tea typically made from the leaves of the ilex kudingcha, a type of holly plant. Other names for this drink include bitter tea, solitary leaf, gaolu tea, fuding tea or, chading. Among normal people, kuding is often consumed as a tea. The effect is therefore much lighter, and therefore is generally considered safe for long-term drinking without consulting a doctor. In addition, the after taste is more pleasant and often described as slightly sweet and refreshing.
Diabetes, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure
This tea is believed to possess many medicinal properties. It is generally consumed for its health benefits only, and not for its taste. Kuding tea contains beneficial components including amino acids, polyphenols, flavonoids, zinc and several vitamins. This herb can help reduce high blood sugar (diabetes), high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Acne & Bad Breath
Besides, kuding’s anti-bacterial properties also makes it a popular and effective herb against acne and bad breath.
This type of tea is also considered to be an effective weight loss aid. Fans of the drink tout it as an extremely effective weight loss treatment. Tt can help to both decrease one’s body weight and to maintain a healthy weight once it has been achieved.
Some individuals may drink Kuding tea to treat a cold or flu as well. It assists in clearing mucous and fluid from the head and sinuses. This tea contains many antioxidants, which can help cleanse and detoxify the body.
This is a wild variety Kuding tea which is covered by white spots, they are safe proteinase. This tea is consists of leaves and stems. It has a very bitter flavor. The first bite of bitterness is followed by a slightly sweet taste.
Brewing Guide: People generally start with steeping one spoon of Kuding needles with hot water during each morning and afternoon. The leaves can be re-brewed and consumed until no flavor is left. If you don't have the right tools such as an infuser mug, then the tea could get bitter. Simply add some more water to reduce the bitterness.
Once certain symptoms are reduced, one can reduce consumption by preparing kuding cha just one time a day (either in the morning or afternoon) for preventive purposes.
For those who are trying Kuding for the first time, it is recommended that only one or two leaves be used in the first pot of tea, to reduce the bitterness. Kuding tea leaves can be infused multiple times. The water should be boiled for a longer period of time with each subsequent infusion.