Celebrating Teas from Around the World

Posted 06/24/2015 | By HealthCorps

Nowadays there are so many teas to choose from. This powerhouse drink can offer you some major health benefits. Embrace a daily tea habit (unsweetened or very lightly sweetened is best). Popular selections include:

Rose Hips Tea – It’s a tangy tea made from the fruit of wild roses.  It can act as a mild laxative and it has vitamin A.

Oolong Tea – It hails from China and has a fruity taste.  This semi-fermented tea is rich in antioxidants and has calcium and manganese to keep skin and bones healthy.

Rooibos Tea – This South-African tea has a slightly nutty flavor, and may improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and even help with conditions like acne and eczema.

Chamomile Tea – A favorite with Brits, this tea may help to calm nerves, relieve cramps and inflammation and help with irritated skin.

Hibiscus Tea – A slightly tart tea, it’s been credited with helping to lower blood pressure, and its vitamin C may help to support immune function.

Yerba Mate Tea – It has caffeine, amino acids and polyphenols which may help with mental focus (but without causing significant jitters), and some experts recommend it to aid digestion.

Dr. Oz on the Difference between Alternative, Complementary and Integrative Medicine

The terms have subtle differences despite sometimes being used interchangeably.  Dr. Oz recently offered his perspective on the three terms:

Alternative medicine is any type of mainstream medicine used in place of conventional Western medicine.  One example is acupuncture being used instead of pain medication for the treatment of migraines.

Complementary medicine in non-traditional medicine used in tandem with conventional Western medicine.  An example would be a cancer patient being treated with chemotherapy but also using acupuncture.

Integrative medicine is a comprehensive plan that combines both Western and non-Western care to support the overall well-being of the patient.  It takes into account the body, mind, and spirit to help the body prevent diseases or recover from them  The Cleveland Clinic has a unique center where practitioners of a range of therapies including Chinese herb and acupuncture and traditional Western medicine can provide a tailored integrative approach to a patient’s health needs.

Source: The Good Life, Volume 2 Issue 2, March 2015

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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