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Discover the Yin and Yang of Pu Erh Tea – Is Pu Erh Harmful to Your Body?


This blog post is in relation to us introducing our 2016 Raw & Bold

There are some articles on the internet pointing to ancient Chinese records saying, “People with weak body should not drink pu erh tea.”  There are also quotes suggesting “weak” people drinking pu erh over extended times will become sick more easily. 

Believing in Yin/Yang and Chinese philosophy is one thing.  Comparing Chinese philosophy to science is one thing.  But no matter what your stance is, I would like to put “weak body” in context.

Yin Yang is an easy comparison of two opposites:

  • Tall vs. Short
  • Fat vs. Skinny
  • Hot vs. Cold
  • Male vs. Female
  • Meat vs. Bones

These opposites by themselves do not define “good” or “bad,” they are neutral by default, but opposites of each other.  In Chinese philosophy, food is categorized in “hot” and “cold” dishes.  This is not the temperature of the food when it’s served or the spiciness of the dish.  The category is an observation over centuries by the Chinese on how food interacts with the human body. 

E.g. Grapes are categorized as a “hot” food even though it is not heated in temperature. 

Similarly, the human body is also categorized in “hot” and “cold.”  Again, this is not about the physical temperature of a person, or the physical attractiveness.  This is the fundamental nature of your body build up.  Most people would automatically equate “cold” to bad or weak.  This is not the case.  Extreme “hotness” is also not healthy indicator for the body.  

Is Gal Gadot “hot”?

What this means in ancient text is, people that have a fundamentally “cold” body should not drink young sheng (**”young” meaning the tea hasn’t been aged a long time, “sheng” means the pu erh is of the “raw” category) because young sheng is categorized as “cold.”  If your body is cold and you drink young sheng, you may get the negative jitters or feel physically uncomfortable. 

Does that mean if your body is cold and you like young shen, you are just SOL?  Traditional Chinese Medicine found a way around this – neutralize the coldness with some “hot” foods and ingredients.  Examples of this would be adding ginseng (preferably red) and goji berries (aka wolfberries) to your tea.  Try it out and let us know what you think!

There you have it!  The Yin and Yang of pu erh tea!

If you think Traditional Chinese Medicine and Philosophy is unscientific and just full of it, here is 7 Non-Scientific Reasons Why Tea is Good for Your Health.


Happy tea drinking!
Johnny Shieh


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