Other names: Lucerne?

Scientific name: Camellia sinesis

Common names:

Ayurvedic names:

Chinese names: Cha

Bangladesh names: Cha-gaca

Arabic names:    شاي (shay)

Rain Forest names:

Family: Fabaceae?

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Leaf


Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: upto 30  feet

Actions: Stimulant, astringent

Known Constituents: Caffeine (theine), tannin (10 to 20 per cent gallotannic acid), boheic acid, volatile oil, aqueous extract, protein wax, resin, ash and theophylline 

Constituents Explained:


Traditional Use:

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world.  It contains caffeine which contributes to mental alertness.  The caffiene content can make it unadvisable to take around times of pre mestraul sydrome, and menopause.  It can have a toning effect on the digestive organs. It can sometimes also help in cases of diaherra.

There has been thought that tea may interfere with the absorbtion of some minerals such as iron.  Green tea has thought to be one of the reasons why cancer is lower in places like China and Japan.  Black tea, which is allow to ferment? Can cause a significant loss of nutrients

White or oolong tea are considered particularly good.

Clinical Studies: