Lycium/Chrysanthemum Tea (The Vision/Eye Problems Tea)

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This specialty tea incorporates all the curative benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea (hepatotropic, neurotropic, improves visual acuity; relieve night blindness, arthritis, headache) . with the added curative and relief benefits of the Lycium fruit. The Lycium fruit contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamins B 1 and B 2 , beta-sitosterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a good fatty acid), immunological active polysaccharides (5–8%), sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), and betaine (0.1%). (See the Link on Lycium in the Links)

Traditionally, Lycium fruit is described as having the properties of nourishing the blood, enriching the yin, toning the kidney and liver, and moistening the lungs. It is applied in the treatment of such conditions as consumptive disease accompanied by thirst (includes early-onset diabetes and tuberculosis), dizziness, blurred vision, diminished visual acuity, and chronic cough. Several modern clinical trials for treatment of bone marrow deficiency conditions (low production of red blood cells, platelets, or white blood cells) include Lycium fruit in a complex prescription for alleviating the disorder.

Another well-known and long-documented traditional property of Lycium fruit is its ability to "benefit complexion and maintain one's beauty"; it is also considered to have anti-aging properties. To drug-oriented American scientists, this certainly sounds ridiculous. But various studies have shown Lycium fruit to have numerous beneficial effects, including, antioxidant, immuno-potentiating, antimutagenic, hypoglycemic, hypolipemic, hypotensive, etc., all of which contribute to the slowing down of the aging process or help us live longer.

The beautifying property of Lycium fruit may have some scientific basis after all which may justify its use in skin-care cosmetics, as recent laboratory studies not only demonstrated its antioxidant effect but also its ability to increase dermal hydroxyproline level in mice, indicating increased collagen synthesis. All these effects are good for the skin.

Chinese pharmacological research, conducted during the past forty years, revealed that Lycium extracts administered to mice could enhance non-specific immunity, promote production of red blood cells, increase production of interleukin-2 (IL-2), and reverse the inhibition of white blood cells caused by cancer drugs. The principal active components are polysaccharides, betaine, and physalin.

•  Used to alleviate symptoms such as blurry vision,

•  dry and painful eyes,

•  Pressure and/or pain behind the eyes and poor night vision.

•  Heat in the palms, restlessness and insomnia.

•  If you drink too much water before going to bed, your eyes will be swollen when you get up next morning. There is a traditional remedy for this problem. That is to dip a cotton swab into Lycium/chrysanthemum tea and then apply the tea around the eyes sockets. By so doing the dropsy will subsided very soon.  Chrysanthemum is indeed very effective for treating eye fatigue and opacity. In addition to the above-mentioned remedy for swelling, to drink a cup of chrysanthemum tea can eliminate the symptom of eye fatigue. To drink three or four cups of chrysanthemum tea would be helpful for recovering eyesight. Protect your Eyes with Lycium/Chrysanthemum Tea


•  Since Lycium contains betaine, which is an emmenagogue and abortifacient, avoid using when pregnant or nursing.

•  Chinese herbalists suggest abstaining using it during times of cold and flu.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 April, 2005.

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