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How to cleanse and detox using Artichoke and Bitter gourd TEA? The benefits of Tra qua kho!

Updated on March 5, 2013

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This requires a 4 minute boil.
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TEA (Time to Enjoy All)

I have been experimenting and find disturbing the quality assurance lack in many teas. I am afraid I am endorsing more stringent standards.

When people think of tea most often they are envisioning English teas imported from the Orient. Most of us conjure up thoughts of black tea or green tea. Probably most of us think: tea – healthy, coffee not so much. There is a whole world out there of what is called tea (or at least it is in the Tea section at the grocery store) that has nothing to do with the tea plant. Somewhat correctly these are normally called Herbal/vegetable/plant Teas. So if we just accept that tea can mean a hot beverage made up of organic stuff that is not coffee, then it makes speaking of herbal/vegetable/plant tea, a lot easier. For purposes of this article we are not referencing instant teas that are made up of who knows what.

The world of herbs does not need to be all fufu and witch doctor stuff. Herbal teas are a great way to get introduced to the healthy aspects of herbs. Let us just take for example your liver and kidneys. Those two organs are tasked with the unenviable job of ridding your body of toxins.

Everyone knows that they should get some exercise at least 5 times a week. I think that the majority of us believe that a healthy muscular body is better than a flabby decrepit sickly body. We spend billions of dollars trying to look good on the outside. But what about your inside? Especially what about those hardworking kidneys and livers, and your digestion.

Most over the counter medications, caffeine, alcohol, big city air, tap water, highly processed foods, and even stress put some sort of toxins in our body. Toxins are harmful to us. Sorry to tell you that your 6 pack abs, bulging pecs, and rock hard buns will not get rid of the toxins. To be sure the exercise involved with getting that Adonis body is very helpful, but the appearance of the muscles has very little to do with health. So how do we give our kidneys and Livers and digestive tract good exercise and nutrition? To be sure, trying to eliminate or cut back on the toxins is critical. But there are plants that are generally accepted as being good for your organs.

There are two particular teas that I have come by through my Vietnamese family. Tra Kho Qua and Artiso. Translated as Bitter gourd or melon and artichoke. Make no mistake this is not medical advice, it is historical wisdom. And make no mistake that if you are pregnant or taking prescriptions for any reason then you talk to your doctor first. Especially if you are diabetic you want to consult your doctor. There are a lot of claims made regarding the benefits of these teas, some believable and backed up by study and some not so believable and backed up by myth. These two places are good starting points: http://www.drozfans.com/dr-ozs-advice/dr-oz-artichoke-extract-artichoke-leaf-tea-for-digestion-cholesterol/ and of course wikipedia.

In general there is one salient point. A lot of warm, nontoxic fluids throughout the day and night is really good for you. In general there are thousands of years of wisdom and knowledge that go into using plant matter that is considered good for you. And in general if you have a condition being treated by a doctor, don’t be crazy and start off saying “well it is herbal and natural and organic so it cannot hurt me”. Remember if someone like me tells you that something is beneficial to your health, we are also saying that that something is potent enough to have an impact, therefore be smart.

I suppose it is appropriate to give a testimonial. At one time I had some serious hepatitis type problems with my liver. I admit to an unhealthy lifestyle. And without any prescription medications after about a year of these teas, my doctor declared my liver function as miraculously healthy. I just replaced a couple of cups of coffee with the tea. No big life changing deals and no major effort.

It would only be right to endorse or refer you to a company that I like and am partial too because I like the area of Da Lat: vinh tien tea

Of course I look forward to writing about the wonderful benefits of Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Valerian, licorice, peppermint and on and on. For now I wish you a happy TEA time. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of drinking your tea would be if you follow my acronym, Time to Enjoy All.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I never knew about Bitter gourd tea,though I have tasted Bitter gourd juice and soup.

      I just read your hub on meditation, I wanted to comment but I did not see comment box.

      PS: Thanks for reading my hub on self-hypnosis.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you, I will look at Art of Meditation and correct that.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      It's so true that fitness isn't an indication of overall health. I hadn't heard of these teas and will look into finding them, if not in Peru then on the internet. There are so many benefits to detoxing! Voted up and shared. Thank you.

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