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. Thousands of research have been printed so far in regards to the health results of inexperienced tea, nevertheless it wasn’t till pretty not too long ago that researchers started to have a look at the opportunity of utilizing inexperienced tea for the prevention and remedy of infections. Patents have been taken out on the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of tea. Let’s evaluate a number of the proof.
In phrases of fungal infections, inexperienced tea compounds have demonstrated “potent antifungal activity” in opposition to the first reason behind athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, jock itch, and ringworm—comparable, in some circumstances, to highly effective antifungal medication 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 check? Indeed, a once-a-day, 15-minute dilute inexperienced tea footbath led to a major enchancment in signs in comparison with controls.
Green tea baths additionally appeared to assist with fungus-associated atopic dermatitis, although there was no management group in that research, and a full-strength inexperienced tea could assist clear candida yeast from poorly cleaned dentures. What in regards to the micro organism that trigger plaque and gingivitis? Even a 2% inexperienced tea mouthwash was discovered to be efficient. Yes, it is best to have the ability to management plaque simply with correct brushing and flossing—with an emphasis on “proper.” Most individuals don’t brush for the beneficial 4 minutes a day, so a dilute inexperienced tea mouthwash could assist.
In phrases of plaque bacteria-killing capacity, inexperienced tea was crushed out by a “garlic with lime mouth rinse,” however I believe I’ll simply persist with inexperienced tea, particularly when inexperienced tea seems to not solely kill plaque bugs straight but in addition enhance the antibacterial capability of saliva after you drink it.
What about inexperienced tea for pimples? Six weeks of a 2% inexperienced tea lotion minimize the variety of pimples by greater than half and considerably diminished the severity, as you’ll be able to see at 2:48 in my video, making it an inexpensive, efficient remedy for pimples.
Impetigo is one other bacterial pores and skin an infection that may have an effect on the face, however a tea ointment can have an effect on an 80 p.c remedy fee, on par with antibiotics given topically or orally.
What about bladder infections? We 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 need to drink to attain these concentrations in your bladder? Not a lot, it seems. Just one cup of tea may have an impact, however chances are you’ll have to area 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 check tube information look promising, however there has but to be a single research to place it to the check. At this level, inexperienced tea ought to simply be used as an adjunct remedy for bladder infections. But, with rising multidrug-resistant organisms, inexperienced tea definitely holds potential.
Wait a second. If inexperienced tea is so good at killing micro organism, may we be killing the great micro organism in our intestine once we drink it? No. That’s what’s so wonderful. “It has also been shown that green tea has no effect over intestinal flora, which is a great advantage against other bactericidal [bacteria-killing] agents.” But that won’t truly be true. Drinking inexperienced tea may very well enhance the degrees of our good micro organism by appearing as a prebiotic, thereby bettering the colon surroundings, so it might even have some impact on our intestine flora in any case, nevertheless it seems to be all good.
Drinking tea with meals could impair iron absorption, so it’s higher to drink it between meals. For extra on inexperienced tea, one in all my favourite drinks, together with water and hibiscus tea, see:
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Michael Greger, M.D.
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