Chinese tea philosophy - Yin and Yang

Chinesische Tee Philosophie - Yin und Yang

Tea drinking can be traced back up to 5000 years in China. The tea philosophy and culture penetrated all classes of society in the Tan Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD), as the prosperity of that time allowed many common people to be in better physical and spiritual health. Much has been learned about the effects of tea on the body. It includes calming the senses, rejuvenating the mind, warming the stomach, reducing body fat, detoxification, anti-aging, regulating blood pressure, etc. Tea has been found to be a gift from nature for body and mind together to unite. It can improve physical health and at the same time take care of the “inner body”, i.e. the spirit.

Drinking tea promotes lifelong health

Drinking tea brings both immediate benefits, but it also promotes lifelong health. Traditional Chinese tea leaves contain protein, amino acids, alkaloid, tea polyphenols, catechins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. Tea polyphenols are the most sought-after element and the number one reason for many people to drink tea. The tea polyphenols are the strongest anti-oxidant that nature has to offer. There is an important philosophy involved in drinking tea in China. The Chinese believe in the balance of yin and yang in life. According to this, food is divided into 3 categories: Cool, warm, neutral This tea philosophy recommends adjusting food and drinks to the current state of the body. For example, green tea is classified as “cool”, while black tea is classified as “warm”. It is therefore recommended to drink green tea when the body shows symptoms of too much "fire", ie warmth. These include a sore throat, sore skin, a dry nose, or constipation. Black tea, on the other hand, is good for warming up the stomach and is preferred by Chinese women for menstrual cramps. Black tea combined with ginger is a perfect anti-aging drink

Tea made from flower petals

In addition to traditional tea such as green tea, white tea or black tea, China also drinks a lot of flower tea and herbal tea. For example, rose tea, chrysanthemum tea, ginger tea and Chinese date tea (jujube) are very popular. Due to the nutrient-rich elements and their “cool and warm” nature, flower tea is consumed daily in China for enjoyment but also as a therapeutic agent. For example is Chrysanthemum tea known for its cooling and detoxifying effects. Ginger tea, on the other hand, is drunk because of its warming and antiseptic effect, which also stimulates the blood circulation.

Teaism - The Chinese Tea Philosophy

The tea culture in China and Japan inspires "teaism", in close connection with Zen and Taoism. This stands for simplicity, calm and a meditative lifestyle. The process of making tea and tasting it allows us to free ourselves from the burdens of everyday life and concentrate on the flow of hot liquids in our body. The Chinese poet Lotung from the Tang Dynasty wrote a poem about it: The first cup wets my lips and my throat, the second cup breaks my loneliness, the third cup searches my empty heart, but only finds 5000 dreary symbols in it. The fourth cup causes a slight sweat, all the bad escapes through my pores. After the fifth cup I am cleansed, the sixth cup calls me into the realm of immortality. The seventh cup, oh, I can't take it anymore! I only feel the breath of cool wind rising up through my sleeves. A beautiful poem that sums up the Chinese tea philosophy well. What about you? Do you have the feeling that tea has a special effect on you? Or is it just a drink? Maybe you haven't even thought about it yet. Maybe you will notice something with the next cup of tea. We look forward to your interesting comments here. :)

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