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”.
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