Q: Where is it from? A: It originates from the Himalayan region and surrounding Indian States like Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Bengal and Bangladesh and countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Tibet, Mongolia, Manchuria, Russia, Korea and China.
Q: What are the benefits? A: F.D.A. guidelines suggest that we make no health claims. However, based on our personal experience, existing literature, books, unsolicited testimonial and research done, this tea may help in several areas: detoxification of the liver, gall bladder, blood circulatory and lymphatic systems, weight loss, increased energy, digestion, elimination, restoration of a healthy flora to the gastro-intestinal tract. Q:Does it have side effects? A: To the best of our knowledge and experience no it doesn’t.
Q: How much should I drink? A: 2 to 4 ounces (about one quarter of a tea cup and it could be diluted; three times a day, preferably before meals. Dosage amount may be increased, gradually, over time for better desired results. Usually, after the first time of consumption there are good results felt and immediate outstanding problems such as the most common of all, that is constipation, is relieved within half an hour or so when all disease-causing toxins and bulky waste material is/are expelled from the body granting immediate good feelings of relief. This is the initial detoxification.
Interesting Kombucha Information:
Many people are drinking Kombucha Tea (pronounced Kom-BOO-cha). Others are wondering what it is and why so many people are enjoying benefits from this daily drink. The Kombucha Tea is healthy and refreshing. It tastes somewhat like a sparkling apple cider with a tang of vinegar, depending on how long it ferments. The benefits to the physical body vary widely. It is said to enhance the immune system. By detoxifying the body, it makes it unlikely for disease causing bacteria and viruses to find a suitable growth environment. This results in a healthier physical body! People from all over the world claim drinking Kombucha Tea provides relief from many physical ailments. While it may not be the cure to all the ills of mankind, it is a traditional fermented beverage used in many cultures to promote well-being. Some of the reported benefits from testimonials are it:
• Aids in the relief of arthritis.
• Cleanses the colon and gall bladder.
• Rids in healthy digestion
• Relieves colitis and stomach cramps.
• Returns gray hair to it’s natural color.
• Helps stop non-infectious diarrhea.
• Relieves bronchitis and asthma.
• Clears up Candida yeast infections.
• Regulates the appetite and reduces fat.
• Aids with stress and insomnia.
• Improves eyesight, cataracts and floaters .
• Relieves headaches including migraines.
• Puts Lupus into remission.
• Helps reduces the alcoholic’s craving for alcohol.
• Eliminates menopausal hot flashes.
• Clears acne, psoriasis and other skin problems.
• Thickens hair and strengthens fingernails.
• Enhances the sense of smell.
• Revitalizes the body, adds energy-including sexual energy! And many other medical ailments/diseases, including strengthening the immune system, detoxifying the blood circulatory/lymphatic systems/improving the sex lives of people.The Kombucha Tea Culture has been used for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years in different parts of the world. This in itself lends testimony to the fact the Tea has long been beneficial to many for a variety of physical ailments. The Russians, Germans, Swedes and others have compiled information on the benefits of the Kombucha Tea for nearly one hundred years. Rosina Fasching’s book “Tea Fungus Kombucha, The Natural Remedy and its Significance in Cases of Cancer and other Metabolic Disease” also discusses this in more detail.
The bacterium Acetobacter aceti subspecies xylinum, along with other organisms associated with production of vinegar, has been identified in Kombucha. It is interesting to note that vinegar has been used by humans for thousands of years. In his book “Kombucha, the Essential Guide,” Christopher Hobbs states “Vinegar was mentioned in the writings of the Assyrians, Greeks and Romans as an important medicine in its own right.” Because the Kombucha Culture is a living organism exposed to all kinds of influences. The Russian research scientist Danielova stated in 1954 “… that the actual composition of the symbiotic varies according to geographical and climatic conditions, and depends on whatever types of wild yeasts and bacteria exist locally.” Variances may occur in each batch of Kombucha and may become more obvious during seasonal temperature changes.
The following constituents may be found in the Kombucha Tea: a small amount of carbon dioxide, vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, acetic acid, Glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, oxalic acid, usnic acid, fructose, dextrogyral (L-Lactic Acid+) plus enzymes and minerals. Some sober alcoholics who drink Kombucha find it reduces their craving for alcohol. Many diabetics drink the Tea. Many articles do not recommend the Kombucha Tea for pregnant or lactating women.
Kombucha Tea, in small doses, has benefited children with ADHD and constipation. People who have problems with Thrush or Candida may actually benefit from drinking Kombucha. Outside the USA, Glucuronic acid has reportedly been found in the Kombucha Tea in some chemical analyses. It was thought that this compound is what was responsible for Kombucha’s detoxification of the body. But there may also be enzymes or other ingredients that work on improving the human body in intricate and, as yet, unknown ways. What is important about Glucuronic acid is that it has an extraordinarily important detoxifying function that binds toxins so they cannot be reabsorbed by the intestines or the urinary system. One must think about how important it is to detoxify our body, especially in this day and age when excessive toxins are found everywhere – in the soil where we grow our food, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink and the food we eat.
Among other constituents of Kombucha, found in a variety of studies, are Usnic acid and L-Lactic Acid+. Usnic acid has a strong antibacterial effect. It has been reported to contribute to the inactivation of viruses. Dextrogyral (L-Lactic Acid+) has been reported to be lacking in the connective tissue of cancer patients. Günther Frank states “So long as it (L-Lactic Acid+) is predominantly present in tissue, cancer cannot develop. It is interesting to note here a pH value of less than 7.0 in cancer patients. Organisms which are free from cancer (and also pre cancers) show pH values of over 7.0.
To a certain extent the Kombucha Tea preserves itself. Any micro-organisms that do not belong to the Kombucha Culture are repressed by the acetic acid and lactic acid it produces. The yeasts in the Kombucha Culture produce carbon dioxide as well as acetic acid. Carbon dioxide is a gas with antimicrobial properties and the resultant acetic acid is a universally known preservative and active laxative. The other acids, minerals and B vitamins produced also help in the general overall well-being of the human body, including cleansing of the blood and lymphatic circulatory system, including detoxifying the alimentary (intestines’) (food) canal, helping remove/getting rid of toxins and waste materials to ensure a healthy system of flow of food nutrients and fluids, including vitamins and minerals in the human body.
Through the stimulation of the individual immune system, Kombucha offers many people the physical resistance they need to maintain and restore health, particularly, getting immediate relief from many ailments like constipation, migraine, asthma, arthritis, rheumatism, back-aches, ear-aches, headaches, pains and other common complaints like the common cold and flu, including bronchitis and also sore-throats, hangovers, prostrate problems, poor sperm count, inability to conceive/have children, good sex life, etc.
Enjoy it and discover its hundreds or perhaps thousands of years’ old traditional qualities for your general health and long life. History of its consumption/drinking shows people who drink it daily live beyond their nineties and even at these ages are mentally alert and physically active and are living active lives, moving about on their own like normal healthy teenagers. Such records are found in these countries as mentioned above.
By Gurdial Singh Sandhu (Dr Gary)