While there has been much printed about the health benefits of herbal tea, the number of Americans consuming herbal tea is still not at optimal levels although consumer purchases are steadily on the rise. For those who do consume herbal tea, the primary reason, in most instances, lies in the prevention of disease. For one sector of the health population, children’s suffering from jaundice at birth, there is growing medical evidence to support the importance of herbal tea even at this young age.
Jaundice is a relatively common condition in newborn children which involves the overproduction of bilirubin, a by-product of the liver. For most jaundiced children, the use of phototherapy has been the most common choice of therapy by the pediatrician; eliminating bilirubin and restoring normal function to the liver.
In recent medical research, however, it was found the herbal tea, Yin Zhi Huang, may be more effective at improving the complications associated with juandice through elimination of bilirubin more quickly, ultimately reducing the risk for neurotoxicity in the newborn. Researchers lend the success of Yin Zhi Huang to its ability to attach to liver receptors, driving them into action, providing recovery to the infant in a more efficient method than that of traditional Western forms of treatment, including phototherapy.
While Yin Zhi Huang herbal tea is not currently administered to newborn infants with jaundice, this medical research may hold the key to opening the doors to a more effective and efficient jaundice treatment in newborn babies as well as individuals who suffer from other forms of liver disorder, possibly cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis. Beyond this, there may be prospect for treating other forms of liver disorders with herbal tea.
While many individuals consider herbal remedies important to the overall health care, providing remedy and prevention to disease, there is certainly not, in the United States, an overwhelming move to encompass herbal tea as a healing product. However, many specialty coffee and tea shops are increasingly more popular, offering hope to medical research that, one day, Eastern medicinal practices may blend more easily with Western medicine.
As a parent of a child who suffers from jaundice or other forms of liver complications, discuss the use of alternative medicine options as a part of the traditional medicine and healing. While Yin Zhi Huang tea is not appropriate for newborns, it may very well lead the way into new avenues of treatment.