Chinese Tea for Sleep

Chinese tea has the effect of calming the nerves, treating insomnia and neurasthenia, and relieving stress, which can help sleep well.

Insomnia refers to the inability to fall asleep or maintain a sleep state, resulting in insufficient sleep. Common symptoms of insomnia are falling asleep difficulty, poor sleep quality, reduced sleep time, decreased memory and attention, etc.

Insomnia is usually caused by mental stress, psychological factors, some chronic diseases, etc. Long-term insomnia can cause immune dysfunction and endocrine dysfunction, which often brings great pain and psychological burden to patients, and also the abuse of insomnia drugs will damage other aspects of the body.

At present, the healthy ways to treat insomnia are psychological counseling, relaxation therapy, and diet therapy.

Diet therapy mainly includes eating more serotonin-rich foods and foods that can calm the nerves. In traditional Chinese medicine, many herbal teas can calm the nerves and treat insomnia, and the side effects of the teas are far less than that of chemical medicines.

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Valerian Tea

Valerian tea is made from the dried root of valerian. Valerian is widely distributed in Asia and Europe. In China, valerian is called Xie Cao and is used as a traditional medicine to treat palpitation, insomnia, neurasthenia, mental disorder, and so on.

It has a sedative effect, which can strengthen the inhibition process of the cerebral cortex and reduce reflex excitability so that it can help to lower anxiety and to fall asleep.

Besides, valerian can increase the production of GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid), which is a brain chemical that can calm the nerves and body.

Valerian tea has a bitter and astringent taste, so when drinking it, it’s better to add some sugar or honey.

Because of the strong efficacy of valerian, it is better not to continuously drink valerian tea for 2-3 weeks or drink it in large quantities. Excessive intake may raise blood pressure and cause a headache.

Passionflower Tea

Passionflower tea is made from dried leaves or the fresh leaves of passionflower. Passionflower is native to Brazil and later grown in South America, South Africa, Southeast Asian countries, etc.

In China, passionflower is called Xi Fan Lian and is traditional Chinese medicine. It is often used to treat neuralgia, insomnia, menstrual pain, and dysentery.

Passionflower is rich in 17 kinds of essential amino acids and 160 kinds of beneficial ingredients such as vitamins, protein, and trace elements.

Passionflower is a natural tranquilizer, which has a good effect of relaxing and calming nerves. It can also treat headaches, stomachaches, and palpitation caused by nervous tension.

Longan Tea

Longan tea is made from the meat of longan. Longan also called is a precious fruit with high medicinal value.

In China, longan is called Long Yan. It is not only considered as a fruit, but also traditional Chinese medicine. Long means “dragon” and Yan means “eye”. The meat and shell of longan are both traditional Chinese medicine.

As early as the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), longan was given to the emperor and nobles as a tribute fruit due to its rich nutrition. It can treat palpitation, dizziness, and insomnia, and can also nourish blood and calm the nerves.

Longan tea is not only suitable for patients with insomnia, but also for those who need to recover after illness or who are physically weak.

Platycladi Seed Tea

Platycladi seed is called Bo Zi Ren and is traditional Chinese medicine. In autumn and winter, the mature seeds of platycladi are harvested, dried, and removed the seed coat to be made into herbal medicine.

Platycladi seed has the effects of nourishing the heart, calming the nerves, moistening the intestines, and relieving perspiration. It can treat palpitation, insomnia, intestinal dryness, constipation, and night sweat.

Lily Tea

Lily tea is made from Lilium brownii. Lily is called Bai He and is traditional Chinese medicine. There are at least 120 varieties of Lily discovered worldwide, of which 55 species are native to China.

In traditional Chinese medicine, lily has the function of calming the nerves, which is often used to treat insomnia and dreaminess. It also has the effects of moistening the lungs, clearing heat, and treating cough and dizziness.

Lily can be brewed together with Jin Yin Hua and Ju Hua. It not only has medicinal value but also can be eaten. In China, people often cook lily porridge and lily soup for health care.

Suan Zao Ren Tea

Suan Zao Ren also called spina date seed is the seed of Ziziphus jujuba and it is a kind of traditional Chinese medicine.

Suan Zao Ren contains alkaloids, various amino acids, and trace elements. It has good functions of sedation, hypnosis, analgesic, anticonvulsant, enhancing immune function, etc.

With the accelerated pace of modern life and pressure of work, the number of products based on Suan Zao Ren has increased significantly due to its calming effect.

Suan Zao Ren is usually used with Fu Ling (Poria cocos), Dang Gui (Chinese angelica), Yuan Zhi (Polygala tenuifolia), which has a better effect on treating insomnia.