Biwa Cha is a mild and pleasant beverage with numerous health benefits, revered by the Japanese for centuries.
Made from premium wild harvested leaves of Japanese loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica.) Easy to prepare and commonly served hot or cold.
Our Biwa Cha is prepared from freshly-picked leaves, which are not crushed, but cut in strips in traditional Japanese Tanzaku-kiri (短冊きり) style. See picture in gallery.
Crushed leaves are many times more prone to oxidation along their edges. Tanzaku-kiri ensures that the leaves are as close to their natural form as possible, at the same time minimizing oxygen exposure.
50 grams (1.8 oz) in resealable, moisture-proof bag.
Also available in 150 grams bulk pack
Dried, processed and packed using traditional Japanese techniques undergoing minimal processing.
Wild harvested in subtropical
Senjiru is a time-tested Japanese method for brewing herbal teas. It is used to yield the maximum goodness locked deep in the leaves, and to deliver the optimum combination of aroma, flavor and color.
Senjiru brewing is basically a rapid boil, followed by a simmer and then a cool down period.
See "How to Make Japanese Loquat Tea" for more information.
Scientific studies have shown that various compounds in loquats promote powerful physiological actions such as anti-inflammatory, cough suppressant, getting rid of phlegm and mucus, appetite suppression and insulin regulation. Contains natural high-fiber complex sugars (polysaccharides), which suppress sugar cravings. [See References 1-5]
Also, a number of recent studies have shown that compounds in Loquat can combat type 2 diabetes. According to 2010 study published by PubMed.gov (US National Institute of Health) "The findings provide a nutritional basis for the use of loquat as a functional food factor that may have benefits for the prevention of hyperlipidemia and diabetes." [See Reference 6]
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs)
• Antitussive (cough suppressant)
• Expectorant (promoting expulsion of phlegm and mucus)
• Appetite suppressant
• Insulin regulation
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2. Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Reference: Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews.
Ulbricht, Catherine E., and Ethan M. Basch. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 2005.
3. Color Encyclopedia of Medicinal Herbs. Kazuo Izawa, Shufunotomo-sha,1999
4. All about Biwa leaves treatment. Fumio Kamiya, Ikeda-shoten, 1988
5. Anti-inflammatory activities of tormentic acid from suspension cells of Eriobotrya Japonicaex.
Food Chemistry, Volume 127, Issue 3, 1 August 2011, Pages 1131-1137
6. Eriobotrya japonica improves hyperlipidemia and reverses insulin resistance.
Shih CC, Lin CH, Wu JB. Phytother Res. 2010 Dec;24(12):1769-80. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3143.
PMID: 20564460 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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