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Kuding Tea Health Benefits & Side Effects Guide

June 11, 2019 80 comments

Kuding, is a type of plant that grows in China. According to historical documents, this plant has been applied as a medical herb for over 2000 years. During the Song dynasty, it was presented as a tribute tea to government officials. Later on, the production of Kuding tea (or kuding cha) increased, and become a popular folk medicine. The tea is also often referred to as Needle Kuding as the flat leaves are often rolled into needle like shapes.

Kuding Tea & Chinese Medicine

Given the rich history of this herb, we’ve looked into the health benefits of kuding. Medicinal practitioners might apply this herb when the following is observed:

  • Excessive heat
  • Headache
  • Red eyes
  • Tooth ache
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Acne

Kuding Cha & Folk Medicine

However, when medicinal doctors prescribe kuding it often comes in a more concentrated form such as powder. If real herbs are provided, generally the patient is instructed to cook it in hot water for several hours. This results in a highly concentrated medicinal beverage that generally tastes very bitter.

Interested in trying Kuding tea yourself? Then, buy Kuding tea online. On this page, there's also a video that demonstrates how you can prepare it in a tea infuser.

In the non-medical world, kuding is often consumed as a tea in China. The effect is therefore much lighter, and therefore is generally considered safe for long-term drinking without consulting a doctor. In addition, the after taste is more pleasant and often described as slightly sweet and refreshing.

Kuding Tea Benefits Research

Skin & Aging

In a recent study published in 2019 (Molecules), scientist have concluded that polyphenols in Kuding can protect skin cells, collagen and elastin, thereby prevent skin damage in mice.

Weight loss

In a study published in 2017 (Nature International Journal of Science), researchers found that kuding oppressed weight gain in mice relative to mice that were not treated. This suggests that kuding can be an ingredient in anti-obesity drugs. The authors believe that this effect isn't the result of changes in appetite, but an increase in energy expenditure, which should be a focus for further research.

A research from 2018 in Elsevier, also states that ethanol extract in Kuding can alleviate obesity and high cholesterol.

Kuding Tea and Liver

In 2017, a study published in the Food & Function Journal found that Kuding tea polysaccharides can be beneficial for the liver. In this research, mice with high fructose induced liver damage. When the mice are also fed with kuding, it showed that it can alleviate liver injury and vascular endothelial dysfunction.

Kuding Tea and Ulcer

In a 2018 study published in Food & Function Journal, mice were induced with a gastric stomach injury. After treating mice with kuding tea polyphenols, the study shows that kuding has preventive effects against stomach injuries.

Diabetes, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure

Kuding tea contains beneficial components including amino acids, polyphenols, flavonoids, zinc and several vitamins. As a folk medicine, kuding cha is know for the following saying ‘降三高’ (jiang san gao), which literally means ‘reduce three high’. This refers to the fact that this herb can help reduce high blood sugar (diabetes), high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Acne & Bad Breath

Besides, kuding’s anti-bacterial properties also makes it a popular and effective herb against acne and bad breath.


This herb can sometimes also help to improve fertility but this will depend on individual conditions. We can make general statements here. You should consult a local Chinese medicine doctor regarding this topic.

How much and when to drink Kuding tea?

The right amount of Kuding that is good for you really divers per individual. People generally start with steeping 2-3 pieces of Kuding needles with hot water during each morning and afternoon. The leaves can be re-brewed and consumed until no flavor is left. If you don't have the right tools such as an infuser mug, then the tea could get bitter. Simply add some more water to reduce the bitterness.

Once certain symptoms are reduced, one can reduce consumption by preparing kuding cha just one time a day (either in the morning or afternoon) for preventive purposes.

Kuding Tea Side Effects

This herbal drink is an effective Chinese medicine and in pure form is generally considered safe, but there are a few kuding tea side effects to be considered:


Because kuding is a cooling herb, it should be avoided during pregnancy and during your breast feeding period.


This herb should be avoided when you're very sensitive to caffeine (though it contains caffeine in minimal amounts, which is even less than normal tea).


  • it should be avoided by people suffering from low blood pressure.
  • it should be avoided 1 month before and after surgery.
  • The above, mainly holds for pure ku ding cha. There are some kuding products on the market mixed with other ingredients on the market. For these you'll have to read the packaging carefully.

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sanyu pauline November 20, 2016 at 6:26 PM
I think kuding tea is good me. I have just started on it and I want to see the results. Will it help coz i have very small veins of my heart, and I want to see if they will become bigsanyu.
Aamir February 15, 2017 at 3:14 AM
Can we use kuding tea for weight loss?
Teasenz February 15, 2017 at 2:04 PM
Kuding does have some weight loss effects, but other teas might be more suitable. For weight loss purposes it could have some side effects, so we would rather advise to go for a loose leaf green tea.
Taibat Sanusi August 28, 2018 at 9:15 PM
What is loose leaf green tea pls?
Shenghong Lin August 29, 2018 at 1:38 AM
Loose leaf green tea is basically green tea which isn't packed in tea bags. You may have a look at this page: https://www.teasenz.com/loose-leaf-green-teas
Karol April 18, 2019 at 1:44 AM
The best effect of Pu Erh is weight loss. Kuding is good for chillin and focusing for me.
Prosper January 17, 2020 at 11:36 AM
Kirsten March 2, 2017 at 12:08 PM
I've read that Ku Ding Cha helps with hair loss, do you think this is so? Thank you
Teasenz March 2, 2017 at 12:23 PM
Hi Kirsten, Ku Ding cha is generally a very healthy drink, but to determine whether it works against hair loss, it's the best to visit a TCM practitioner. The thing with Chinese herbs is that it helps to rebalance an individual person's health. So it's less black and white like Western health logic, which provides an 'yes health' or 'no, unhealthy' answer. So the question it not whether it works against hair loss or not, but for who it works. This depends on an individuals body condition. In traditional Chinese medicine, hair loss is often the result unbalanced blood circulation. This can be either too fast blood circulation due to for example due to stress or high cholesterol. In such, cases a 'cooling' beverage like kuding could help. However, if one has low blood pressure or has generally low energy levels and heat (e.g. cold hands and feet), then kuding could possibly only worsen one's health condition. I hope this clarifies a lot. Though, we might have only raised more questions ;)
nero March 13, 2017 at 1:52 AM
how long does it last in the body
Teasenz March 13, 2017 at 2:19 AM
Could you clarify your question?
Tang April 1, 2017 at 3:27 PM
Can kuding tea leave it for overnight and drink next day?
Anonymous April 13, 2017 at 5:47 PM
Can kuding tea be taken first thing in the morning without food?
Teasenz November 28, 2018 at 3:30 AM
It's generally not recommended to keep Kuding tea for the next day. If you do so, make sure to cover the teapot/mug with a lid and store it in the fridge.
Dikeledi Ramorola April 22, 2017 at 11:19 AM
Can I use it if I have NAFL?
Teasenz April 23, 2017 at 3:46 PM
We're happy to answer your question. A non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is often caused by inflammation. Since kuding tea is anti-inflammatory, it can potentially help. We generally don't see any reason why it can't be consumed. However, NAFL is quite complex, and one should check with a doctor to make sure.
Sarah June 3, 2017 at 7:14 AM
Is Kuding tea beneficial on weight control, Is It helpful for an individual who wants to reduce weight? Kindly advice
Teasenz June 3, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Kuding is a low calorie herbal drink and have some fat shredding capability. It's however not suitable to be consumed in great amounts. 1-2 cups a day is perfectly fine. A more indirect effect of kuding is that it has very strong detoxification effect. It can therefore reduce acne and stress. This can increase energy levels, and therefore indirectly help with obtaining a healthy weight level.
Vince Chuks May 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Can kuding tea be taken with milk?
Teasenz May 24, 2018 at 6:12 PM
There's currently no research that suggest that you can't drink it with milk.
Alma July 20, 2018 at 5:02 PM
Can kuding tea be taken if the person has normal ( 90) level of blood sugar ?
Bella October 25, 2018 at 2:44 AM
If someone have high blood pressure can it help?
Hasa Ik November 27, 2018 at 5:10 PM
I would like to know this too?
And can it finish high blood completely?
Teasenz November 28, 2018 at 3:31 AM
As written in the article, Kuding tea is found to be beneficial to reduce high blood pressure.
FM April 8, 2020 at 1:59 PM
Hello, how long do I have to take the tea before seeing improvement lowering my blood pressure?
cheekwongho September 12, 2019 at 11:27 AM
yes it will help to lower high blood pressure.
Matthew Terhile Abongu December 5, 2018 at 10:13 AM
Does Kuding cha has any help it can render to patients with kidney stone?
Christopher Mupangai December 6, 2018 at 9:36 PM
Can kuding tea taken for life or when you feel like drinking it?
Teasenz December 6, 2018 at 10:56 PM
Though it's generally safe, I would be careful with drinking too much kuding. This a very powerful herb that can balance your body by cooling away inflammation. However, if this isn't the case, then I would switch to milder herbal drinks. If you're not sure, I would contact a Chinese medicine professional for advice.
Gigi December 26, 2018 at 11:41 PM
Hi, can we drink it with a sugar?
Teasenz December 26, 2018 at 11:48 PM
Yes, it's no problem to add sugar or honey to sweeten the taste.
Gigi December 26, 2018 at 11:44 PM
Do they transport in Denmark?
Teasenz December 26, 2018 at 11:49 PM
Hi Gigi, yes we ship worldwide (including Den Mark)
jane frances December 31, 2018 at 11:43 PM
Overtime, I have grown a very fat belly and have high blood pressure and cholesterol. Can this tea help me to reduce the belly?
Teasenz January 1, 2019 at 12:55 AM
Yes, but I would recommend you to order some green tea or ripe pu erh tea instead for your specific goals.
Rich January 13, 2019 at 2:58 PM
Can you expand on what you mean,by "ripe" Pu Erh? I have three types of pu erh: a cake that I break off pieces and steep; loose in a can; and a stuffed citrus version. In all three, the leaves appear dark & rich. How would pu erh be sold if not ripe, and what are the differences in health benefits?
Teasenz January 13, 2019 at 10:12 PM
The three types you describe are shapes of pu erh tea. All through of them can in theory be made from sheng (raw) or shou (ripe) pu erh. When it's very hard it's most likely a ripe pu erh, but it can also be a raw pu erh that's aged for very long. The difference between ripe and raw is explained in this article: https://www.teasenz.com/chinese-tea/pu-erh-tea-taste.html
The storage conditions also affect the taste of pu erh. The distinction between wet and dry storage is important: https://www.teasenz.com/chinese-tea/pu-erh-tea-wet-storage-versus-dry-storage.html
cheekwongho September 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM
This tea is quite bitter. It helps to lower high blood pressure
Mary January 24, 2019 at 6:12 AM
Can I consume kuding if I have ulcers?
kondwani January 24, 2019 at 7:57 AM
is it advisable to use kuding tea as a remedy for gastritis and acid reflux?
Teasenz January 24, 2019 at 8:14 AM
We are not doctors, so we don't offer medical advice. There are public research articles available that demonstrate prevention against ethanol induced gastric injury in rats.
Racheal February 10, 2019 at 12:59 AM
Can kudding help to treat candida or unblock blocked tubes
can kuding help to treat staphylococcus February 15, 2019 at 3:05 PM
Can kuding herbal tea treat staphylococcus infection
Cam March 10, 2019 at 5:44 PM
Someone recommended kuding tea to me. He emphasized that the best is called Imperial Kuding. What am I to make of this?
Teasenz March 10, 2019 at 6:13 PM
"Imperial" is a marketing term used by vendors to make the tea sound good. It implies a higher grade, but you've to judge the quality yourself.
Rudairo chitseko March 18, 2019 at 7:56 PM
Is kuding tea good for the skin?
Teasenz March 18, 2019 at 10:10 PM
This depends. If bad skin such as acne is caused by inflammation, Kuding will be highly effective.
Ndkeitumetse1117 March 19, 2019 at 9:51 AM
My daughter is 16 yes old can she consume on stomach ulcer
Fortune March 26, 2019 at 8:41 AM
Pls can intake of kuding tea help to bring menstrual cycle to normal flow?
Pauline April 24, 2019 at 6:51 AM
I want to gain weight can kuding tea help me gain weight?
Chimezie May 23, 2019 at 8:17 PM
Can kuding be taken when one is in other medications?
Teasenz May 24, 2019 at 8:14 PM
That's a complex question, we recommend to contact a medical practitioner.
Nwoba Williams Okafor July 10, 2019 at 7:34 AM
Can kuding cure Arthritis or waist pain?
Teasenz July 10, 2019 at 6:52 PM
It may help if the symptoms are caused by inflammation. But you've to consult a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner to confirm.
Chikadibia William August 19, 2019 at 7:45 AM
Can kuding tea help with type 2 diabetes?
Menny August 25, 2019 at 10:28 PM
What will happen if i drink kuding tea during pregnancy
Teasenz August 26, 2019 at 3:16 AM
Kuding tea is a cooling herb, and therefore should not be taken during pregnancy. During pregnancy the female body needs to stay warm, while kuding has the opposite effect.
Menny August 25, 2019 at 10:31 PM
May it clean a womb if you're pregnancy?
cheekwongho September 12, 2019 at 11:36 AM
For arthritis use curcumin, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and black pepper. Make a tea pot. I use for arthritis.
Tnmolaba August 26, 2019 at 1:53 AM
Can kuding tea be taken cold?
Emmanuel O Erim September 3, 2019 at 12:10 AM
Please can kuding tea treat insomnia?
Teasenz September 4, 2019 at 11:26 AM
There are many cases of insomnia and one needs to first find the case, before it can be determined whether kuding can help or not. Kuding is great to treat inflammation.
Eramsondan September 7, 2019 at 6:48 AM
My Best Tea So Far!!
Lindah September 12, 2019 at 9:09 PM
Can I get help on bones problem?
cheekwongho September 13, 2019 at 1:11 AM
You can use kuding tea as the base. Add some ginger and turmeric to build up the bones .Also raise your immune system up, for that you can use Astragalus.
John Lee September 18, 2019 at 4:04 PM
Besides health benefits, Kuding Tea got me off drinking bourbon and coke.

I now drink beer to rival the strong flavour of the Kuding tea
cecille tapia-santiago October 8, 2019 at 12:56 PM
Why would it be avoided before surgery? Is it a blood thinner?
Teasenz October 8, 2019 at 7:08 PM
Kuding has 'cooling' properties. After surgery instead, you want your body to stay warm. Over consumption of kuding can therefore result in slower recovery after surgery.
Cecille Tapia-Santiago October 27, 2019 at 6:59 AM
Thank you!
David October 11, 2019 at 8:04 AM
Is kuding a detox tea?
Blessing October 27, 2019 at 5:56 AM
Can kuding tea clear fibroids?
Teasenz October 27, 2019 at 6:01 AM
As far as we know, there's no scientific research that report such benefits.
Arthur EWERS November 28, 2019 at 3:29 AM
Good information...
I am heading to China town in Manhattan to purchase some
lukwago hazaru November 28, 2019 at 6:49 PM
will kuding tea cleanse my body especially kidneys and liver?
Emanuel D January 9, 2020 at 2:20 AM
What is the nutritional [carbs, protein, fat] breakdown of ku ding cha?
Emeka sharma January 22, 2020 at 1:58 AM
Please how can I use kuding tea, I have low BP but I am diabetic. I was introduced to kuding by a friend medicine dealer. I used it yesterday night I only discovered that my sugar level and bp has decreased significantly.

I just read here that it is not recommended for low bp patients. PLS advice me. Can I use salt solution to boost my bp after talking the tea?
Reeces May 3, 2020 at 12:31 AM
My daughter and I suffer from various medical issues that are either directly or indictly related to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Mastocytosis. We also suffer from regular chest and urinary tract infections. This tea (along with a couple of other natural treatements) has successfully treated various infections and prevented the usual hospitalisations and potentially deadly antibiotic treatments. While the tea can indeed taste like ‘bitter nails’ we will happily consume it in order to avoid infections and hospitalisations. For those who struggle with the flavour, the addition of some peppermint tea leaves will make it more palatable. Irrespective of the taste, we simply cannot recommend this product highly enough.
Geraldtimbles May 5, 2020 at 8:25 PM
At what particular blood pressure level is it not safe to drink kuding tea??
keith May 22, 2020 at 6:21 AM
my kuding tea leaves have a black residue on them after they have brewed, is this normal?
Joe ben May 29, 2020 at 1:59 AM
Can this help with fibroid