Which plant ought to we use for which pores and skin illness? That’s the subject of my video Natural Treatment for Acne and Fungal Infections. 1000’s of research have been published so far concerning the well being results of inexperienced tea, however it wasn’t till pretty lately that researchers started to have a look at the potential of using inexperienced tea for the prevention and therapy of infections. Patents have been taken out on the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of tea. Let’s assessment a number of the proof.
When it comes to fungal infections, inexperienced tea compounds have demonstrated “potent antifungal exercise” towards the first reason behind athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, jock itch, and ringworm—comparable, in some circumstances, to highly effective antifungal medicine like fluconazole. This was proven in a petri dish, although. How a few inexperienced tea footbath for athlete’s foot fungus between the toes? Evidently, tea leaves have been as soon as used as a folks treatment for the fungus, so why not put it to the take a look at? Certainly, a once-a-day, 15-minute dilute inexperienced tea footbath led to a big enchancment in signs in comparison with controls.
Inexperienced tea baths additionally appeared to help with fungus-associated atopic dermatitis, although there was no management group in that research, and a full-strength inexperienced tea might assist clear candida yeast from poorly cleaned dentures. What concerning the micro organism that trigger plaque and gingivitis? Even a 2% inexperienced tea mouthwash was found to be efficient. Sure, it’s best to be capable to management plaque simply with correct brushing and flossing—with an emphasis on “correct.” Most individuals don’t brush for the really useful 4 minutes a day, so a dilute inexperienced tea mouthwash might assist.
When it comes to plaque bacteria-killing capability, inexperienced tea was beaten out by a “garlic with lime mouth rinse,” however I believe I’ll simply keep on with inexperienced tea, particularly when inexperienced tea seems to not solely kill plaque bugs immediately but additionally boost the antibacterial capability of saliva after you drink it.
What about inexperienced tea for zits? Six weeks of a 2% inexperienced tea lotion cut the variety of pimples by greater than half and considerably decreased the severity, as you’ll be able to see at 2:48 in my video, making it an inexpensive, efficient therapy for zits.
Impetigo is one other bacterial pores and skin an infection that may have an effect on the face, however a tea ointment can affect an 80 p.c treatment charge, on par with antibiotics given topically or orally.
What about bladder infections? We all know a sure focus of inexperienced tea compounds can kill the kind of E. coli that causes urinary tract infections. The query then turns into how a lot tea do you must drink to realize these concentrations in your bladder? Not a lot, it seems. Only one cup of tea might have an impact, however it’s possible you’ll have to house out a number of cups over the day as a result of it will get cleared out of your system inside about eight hours, as you’ll be able to see at 3:45 in my video.
So, the place can we stand now? The take a look at tube information look promising, however there has but to be a single research to place it to the take a look at. At this level, inexperienced tea ought to simply be used as an adjunct remedy for bladder infections. However, with rising multidrug-resistant organisms, inexperienced tea actually holds potential.
Wait a second. If inexperienced tea is so good at killing micro organism, would possibly we be killing the great micro organism in our intestine after we drink it? No. That’s what’s so superb. “It has additionally been shown that inexperienced tea has no impact over intestinal flora, which is a superb benefit towards different bactericidal [bacteria-killing] brokers.” However that will not truly be true. Consuming inexperienced tea may very well boost the degrees of our good micro organism by performing as a prebiotic, thereby bettering the colon surroundings, so it could even have some impact on our intestine flora in spite of everything, however it seems to be all good.
Consuming tea with meals might impair iron absorption, so it’s higher to drink it between meals. For extra on inexperienced tea, considered one of my favourite drinks, together with water and hibiscus tea, see:
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Michael Greger, M.D.
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