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Kuding Herbal Tea

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Kuding Herbal Tea

Kuding, is a plant that grows in China. According to historical documents, this plant has been applied as a medical herb for over 2000 years. During the Song dynasty, it was presented as a tribute tea to government officials. Later on, the production of Kuding tea (or kuding cha) increased, and become a popular folk medicine. The tea is also often referred to as Needle Kuding as the flat leaves are often rolled into needle like shapes.

Kuding Tea & Chinese Medicine

Given the rich history of this herb, we’ve looked into the health benefits of kuding. Medicinal practitioners might apply this herb when the following is observed:

  • Excessive heat
  • Headache
  • Red eyes
  • Tooth ache
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Acne

Kuding Tea Side Effects

This herbal drink is an effective Chinese medicine and in pure form is generally considered safe, but there are a few kuding tea side effects to be considered:


Because kuding is a cooling herb, it should be avoided during pregnancy and during your breast feeding period.


This herb should be avoided when you're very sensitive to caffeine (though it contains caffeine in minimal amounts, which is even less than normal tea).


  • it should be avoided by people suffering from low blood pressure.
  • it should be avoided 1 month before and after surgery.
  • The above, mainly holds for pure ku ding cha. There are some kuding products on the market mixed with other ingredients on the market. For these you'll have to read the packaging carefully.
Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water. Use only 1 or 2 sticks for every 150ml of water. Steep tea leaves in hot water at 80°c (176°F) to 90°c (194°F) for 1 minute for the first and second brewing. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.