scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,762
From Legend to Science the Health Benefits of Tea Throughout the world tea and coffee rival each other as mankinds most popular brewed beverages For thousands of years however tea has had one great advantage over coffee it is believed to have a wide range of medicinal properties In his book Tea in China John C Evans states that if tea had not possessed a medical reputation the beverage we know today might never have existed Evans 19 Research in fact proves that tea owes its reputation as much to its health benefits as to its taste and this has been true since tea made its first appearance in ancient China more than two thousand years ago No one is sure where and when tea was first brewed stories about teas origins are more myth than reality One story tells that a legendary Chinese leader and medical expert Sheng Nong discovered tea as a medicinal herb in 2737 BC One day while he was boiling water under a tea tree some tea leaves fell into Shengs pot of boiling water After drinking some tea he discovered its miraculous powers and immediately placed tea on his list of medicinal herbs John Blofeld in Chinese Art of Tea writes that it can be confidently stated that tea was known in the three kingdoms epoch AD 222-277 More importantly however tea was originally drunk for its medicinal properties Blofeld 4 Evans links the early popularity of tea to Taoist religious practices during the Qin Dynasty 201 V 207 BC Taoists in particular became obsessed by long life and an Elixir of Life became a Taoist ideal For Taoists the Elixir of Life was believed to be tea Evans 20 Almost every writer who records the history of tea notes that it was originally consumed for its therapeutic effects Zhang Binglun says that much was written in ancient Chinese books about tea and in particular about its health benefits
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA