Which plant ought to we use for which pores and skin illness? That’s the subject of my video Pure Therapy for Zits and Fungal Infections. 1000’s of research have been revealed up to now in regards to the well being results of inexperienced tea, however it wasn’t till pretty not too long ago that researchers started to have a look at the potential of utilizing 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 evaluation among the proof.

By way of fungal infections, inexperienced tea compounds have demonstrated “potent antifungal exercise” 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 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 people treatment for the fungus, so why not put it to the check? 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 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. Sure, you must 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 could assist.

By way of plaque bacteria-killing capability, inexperienced tea was overwhelmed out by a “garlic with lime mouth rinse,” however I feel I’ll simply follow inexperienced tea, particularly when inexperienced tea seems to not solely kill plaque bugs immediately but additionally increase 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 decreased the severity, as you’ll be able to see at 2:48 in my video, making it an inexpensive, efficient therapy 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 % treatment fee, 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 need to drink to attain these concentrations in your bladder? Not a lot, it seems. Only one cup of tea would possibly have an impact, however chances are you’ll must 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 will we stand now? The check tube knowledge 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. However, with rising multidrug-resistant organisms, inexperienced tea definitely 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 once we drink it? No. That’s what’s so wonderful. “It has additionally been proven that inexperienced tea has no impact over intestinal flora, which is a good benefit in opposition to different bactericidal [bacteria-killing] brokers.” However that won’t truly be true. Ingesting inexperienced tea may very well increase the degrees of our good micro organism by appearing as a prebiotic, thereby bettering the colon setting, so it might even have some impact on our intestine flora in any case, however it seems to be all good.


Ingesting 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:

For extra on pimples, take a look at:

In well being,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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