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Chatting About Tea

Chatting about Tea

Written by Dr. Ma, Shouchun

Translated by Jenny Zhang

Tea is part of Chinese culture. There are so many papers that can be written about tea. What I’m talking about is based on my own experience and understanding. It is neither contained in a book, nor built upon a particular theory.

Tea has chi, which is nourishing portion of qi that makes up the air water that we drink, and taste. Its chi is fresh and light, which can boost your mental clarity, soothe your mind, and nourish your eye. Its taste is bitter and convergent. In addition to curing diarrhea, drinking tea can help one to stay hydrated.

Therefore, timing is essential to tea consumption. In order to get chi from tea, it is good to drink it three to five minutes after the start of infusion. If you wait too long, the taste still stays, but chi is gone.

Adding a little of goji berries and dry chrysanthemum in your tea can bring significant benefits to your eyes. When you have a headache, you can drink one or two cups of hot tea which warms up your whole body and cause slight sweating, then your headache will ease quickly. This is only for occasional headaches, not ones caused by brain tumors.

In the morning, if you want to cheer up and to be clear-minded, or prepare for a long drive, don’t eat porridge or drink milk, don’t eat too much. You can stay energized throughout the day by having one cup of hot tea, two slices of bread and one egg.

There are many varieties of tea. Which one is better? You don’t have to look for an answer from books, because you will be dazzled by what you read and still cannot decide which one is good for you. One simple method can help you to figure it out: the best tea for you is the one you feel the most comfortable. You don’t have to go to the bathroom frequently, and can sleep well at night.

In short, I hope this chat can help you. There are a lot of ways to stay in good health. The old sayings is “knowledge getting from books might be perfunctory and depthless, but experiences can help you to have profound and thorough understanding about your body and health”.


闲云闲聊茶叶

马寿椿

一味茶叶可以写出无数篇论文,因为它是中国文化的一部分。
闲云聊茶,只谈自己的认知和体悟,它書未载,或未专论。
茶有气和味,其气清轻,上达于恼,清利头目。其味苦涩,收敛,除了能止腹泻外,还可使水饮留滞体内。
因此,泡茶,三、五分钟为好,取其气。久泡则气散而只留下味。
茶叶明目的功效非常显著,若欲明目,加一点枸杞、菊花更好。
头痛时,喝一、二杯热茶,若能全身发热,微汗出,头痛很快缓解。此指一般头痛,不包括脑瘤等。
若欲振奋精神,清醒头脑,或驾车远行,早上不要喝粥或牛奶,不要吃得过饱。只一杯热茶,两片面包,一个鸡蛋足矣。可保持全天精力充沛。
茶有很多品种,哪种好?不必看书,眼花缭乱还是决定不了。只一个方法,很简单,你喝哪种茶最舒服,不必频频上厕所,晚上睡得好觉。
简单数语,希望对你有帮助。
养生的很多东西,“书上得来终觉浅,欲知此事要躬行”!

 

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