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Tea and physiology

November 8, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’ve been drinking some cooked puerh recently, not wanting to kill my stash of aged baozhong too quickly. It was fine for a few days, but I’ve noticed something — my body’s not reacting to it kindly with some digestive issues. At first I thought it was something else causing it (bad food?). I drank some of my aged baozhong today…. and I realized just now that the issue is gone.

This is like me having trouble with black tea and headache…

So, maybe like Chinese medicine, we should think of tea drinking as something that needs to suit your body, and not just randomly picking up any kind of tea and drink to your heart’s content. Some teas, at least for me, just seem to work better than others.

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  • lewperin // November 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm | Reply

    I’m surprised to read that a cooked Pu’er would give your gut any trouble. When my gut is unsettled, cooked Pu’er is what I drink, and it appears to help. What tea exactly did this to you?

  • duncoknohe // November 11, 2008 at 7:34 am | Reply

    yes,.i know ,.the black tea at the morning on empty stomach ,.no thats terrible i usually drinking tea after some food ,.i prefer sheng puerh too,.and last one ,.all
    with the measure ,.have aniceday ,.

  • behhl // November 11, 2008 at 9:22 am | Reply

    MarshalN, what I have found is not whether it is this or that kind of tea, but whether it is this or that specific tea (ie: where and how it was sourced and made). For instance, there are sheng puerhs that make my hand shiver and my stoumach churn with only three pours. There are other sheng puerh that I can drink the entire course without nay negative issues. The same for certain oolongs and even wuyi cha.

    So, certainly I would agree with you – though I would not specifically say it is TCM, but the same principles always apply whether medicine or food or tea. Each person’s body and his diet is different and so his tea suitability differs.

    The great variety even within each type of tea is incredible and it is too simplistic to lump them in much too broad a band

  • MarshalN // November 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm | Reply

    Lew: It’s some unnamed cooked pu. The Menghai brick seems better, but still feels funny.

    Behhl: You’re probably right on that — and it makes me wonder if it has to do with things like pesticide, etc

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