The many health benefits of pu'er tea has lead it to being known as the "Wonder Tonic" and the "Medicinal Tea". Long standing consumers of pu'er tea believe it has anti-aging properties and can prolong life.
The restorative and medical properties associated with pu'er tea is truly astonishing. Often referred to as the “Wonder Tonic” and the “Medicinal Tea”, pu'er tea has been hugely popular in China for over 1700 years. For centuries it was given as a tribute to the Emperor and high ranking officials within the Imperial Courts of China. Its high value and many health benefits lead to high demands and the frequency of the tributes gave it the title “Tribute Tea”.
Accounts on the health benefits and medical use of pu'er tea has been documented in various ancient scripts and famous books throughout Chinese history. pu'er tea is strongly believed to have wide ranging health benefits from anti aging, prevention of heart disease and cancer, diabetic control, removal of toxins to curing dysentery, inflammation, aiding digestion and weight loss, improving the eyesight, blood circulation and reviving those who are overly intoxicated with alcohol.
The long term consumption of pu'er tea is believed to help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and play an important role in preventing heart disease and cancer. pu'er tea made from wild old tea trees are reputed to be more potent, containing strong Qi (translated as "life energy" or "life force") that boosts the blood flow and helps the body's circulation. This as a result aids the removal of toxins and can cure minor aches and pains.
In many traditional Chinese restaurants especially those serving dim sum dishes pu'er tea is the customary drink served. Its ability to break down oily and fatty food and aid digestion makes it an ideal drink to have alongside delicious Chinese dishes that are often high in fat. After a heavy meal drinking pu'er tea is said to help clean the intestines and stomach. In some quarters pu'er tea is used as a slimming tea and consumed to assist with weight loss.