The health benefits of Eucommia tea are widely known throughout China and parts of East Asia. Eucommia bark tea is known to possess anti-hypertensive, analgesic, diuretic, hepatic, aphrodisiac, tonic and hypotensive properties. For its part, eucommia leaf tea is believed to have antioxidant, sedative and anti-mutagenic qualities.
Eucommia is a small tree that naturally grows in China. It usually grows up to a height of 15 meters. It possesses ovate deciduous leaves that average about 12 centimeters long. The veins of the leaves exude latex that solidify into rubber. It has small green flowers that are not readily noticeable. It also has fruits that typically appear between the months of March and May.
Known by its scientific name of eucommia ulmoides, this rubber-producing tree is widely grown for its bark and leaves which are both highly regarded in Chinese traditional medicine. In fact, eucommia is included in the list of fundamental herbs in Chinese herbal medicine.
While it is cultivated for medicinal purposes in China, it can likewise be found in small gardens in North America and Europe.
Eucommia tea benefits are derived from the active constituents found in its bark and leaves. Among the chemical constituents of the bark are geniposidic acid, gallic acid, caffeic acid, iridoids, aucubin, catechin, epicatechin, rutin and tetracosanoic-2. On the other hand, among the active constituents isolated from the leaves are glycoside, astragalin and several sub-strains of the flavonols quercetin and kaempferol.
Eucommia bark tea can be made by placing some raw or stir-fried bark in a pot of boiling water. Let it boil for about 15 to 20 minutes so that it extracts the healthy properties in the bark. Take it out of the fire and let it cool for about 7 minutes. An infusion from the leaves can be made by placing some chopped leaves in a mug of hot or newly-boiled water for about 5 to 7 minutes.
Tea from the bark or leaves is also available in teabag format. These can also be obtained in powdered extract or capsule format. The powdered extract is simply placed in hot water, mixed, and enjoyed as tea.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this brew:
- Tea from the bark and leaves may help lower blood pressure and fight high cholesterol.
- Tea from the may help support the kidney and the liver.
- Tea from the bark may help fight pain, particularly in the lower back and the knees.
- Tea from the bark tea may help fight impotence.
- Tea from the bark may help counter a threatened abortion.
- Tea from the bark tea may aid in fighting headache.
- Tea from the bark may help fight weakness in the lower parts of the body.
- Tea made from the leaves is believed to help in the treatment of diabetes in Korea.
- Thought to aid in countering stress in China.
- Tea made from its leaves may help strengthen the immune system.
- Tea from the leaves may be helpful in lowering the risk for tumors and cancer.
- Tea from the leaves is believed to help improve sleep.