Kuding tea is a medicinal tea that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The word 'Ku' means bitter and the Chinese character for 'Ding' ('丁'）means 'spike' as is the shape this tea. Kuding tea, (Kuding Cha), is commonly known as 'bitter nail tea'. The leaves used to make this tea are from the evergreen Ilex Kudingcha plant which is grown in China and is a type of holly but without the sharp points and with a rubbery texture. The long narrow leaves are twisted together to form distinctive long stick/spike-like shapes. Another distinctive feature of Kuding tea, as its name implies, is its bitter taste. Some drinkers find that the bitterness is followed by a slightly sweet taste.
When making Kuding tea it's a good idea to use just two spikes if it's your first experience of the tea because of its strong bitter taste. As you become accustomed to the tea then 3-4 spikes are usual. Begin by warming your tea cup and teapot with hot water. Then steep the Kuding tea in the pot using hot water for two minutes. The spikes can be used several times - after the second brewing you will need to increase the steeping time.
In traditional Chinese medicine Kuding tea was famous for its many uses and it is popular still for ailments such as improving memory and focusing the mind; calming fidgetiness; alleviating the common cold, being useful for clearing the head and rhinitis; itching eyes; headaches; alieviating sinusitis; dispersing cattarh and treating bronchitis. It is also said to improve digestion; lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. Kuding tea contains many anti-oxidants so is helpful for detoxing.
Although there is no medical evidence to support it, Kuding tea has become popular for promoting weight loss; however it isn't known whether if there is any weight loss if it is due to fluid rather than fat loss.
Interestingly Kuding tea is being researched and developed in China alongside other traditionally used and revered herbs so that its traditionally known benefits can be established.
Do not drink Kuding tea if you are pregnant, have recently given birth or are breast feeding; during menses; have low blood pressure. If you experience any adverse symptoms then stop use of the tea. If you are taking any medication consult with your doctor.
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|Steeping Time||2 - 4 min|
|Steeping Temperature||100 °C - 212 °F|
|Grams per Cup||2 Gram|
|Tea Caffeine Content||low|
|Tea Region||Longmen Village|
|Time of the Day||morning, afternoon, evening|
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