tortoise wrote:Chip wrote:Sencha and sencha and sencha, that's about it.
How did I know you might say this?
Chasm wrote:It depends on what's going on, really. I've found certain very mild greens are drinkable on a stomach too upset to handle straight water.
Some good quality black teas can sooth a mild stomach upset.
I've heard endless stories of young people from Asian countries getting sick, being ordered to drink a certain tea by an older relative, and promptly feeling much better. There might be a psychological component there -- drinking the tea your mother made to make you feel better as a child might work by old association. These stories often seem to involve pu erh, however, which I know nothing about other than that there are four cakes sitting in boxes in my closet to see what will happen years from now if I finally remember I have them and give them a try.
subdude1 wrote:9 years ago I started drinking tea on a daily basis. In that time, I have not had a cold or the flu (both a seasonal occurrences in prior years). The few times I've felt a cold coming on I immediately drank copious amounts of tea, mostly oolong and puer. Seems to avert the full onset.
While the addition of extra fluids into the body may help, I like to believe that tea is the elixir.