6 Popular Chinese Teas for Digestion

Indigestion or dyspepsia is generally caused by gastrointestinal mobility disorders, abnormal gastric acid secretion, mental and psychological factors, and poor dietary habits.

People with indigestion are always unwilling to tea more because of discomfort, which seriously affects their physical health and normal daily life. Long-term indigestion may cause gastric cancer.

Many dyspepsia patients are accompanied by insomnia, anxiety, depression, headache, inattention, and other mental symptoms.

Nowadays, there are many drugs that can treat dyspepsia. But if it is long-term dyspepsia, we should choose a more natural and less side-effect method to treat and improve dyspepsia.

Drinking tea is a very beneficial treatment, which is more natural and has other health benefits such as anti-cancer, anti-aging, detoxification, improving immunity, etc. Here are 6 popular Chinese teas for improving digestion effectively.

1. Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh tea is a kind of dark tea with a high degree of fermentation. Therefore, Pu-erh tea is mild and does not have a stimulating effect on the stomach.

Modern scientific research has proved in many ways that Pu-erh tea has a function of helping digestion. Pu-erh tea contains many substances, which can help the intestine and stomach quicken peristalsis, stimulate gastric acid secretion and promote gastric mobility. And it can also relax the intestinal wall and shorten the retention time of food in the intestine.

In addition, Pu-erh tea can form a membrane attached to the surface of the stomach after entering the human body, which can produce a beneficial protective layer for the stomach. Long-term drinking Pu-erh tea can nourish and protect the stomach.

Except for Pu-erh tea, other dark teas also can promote digestion. The meat-eating people in the north of China especially like drinking dark tea. They say dark tea is “tea of life”.

2. Black Tea

Like Pu-erh tea, black tea is also a highly fermented tea with mild property and it also has less stomach irritation.

Black tea can help digestion and promote appetite. Regularly drinking black tea can reduce stomach inflammation and protect the gastric mucosa, and has a certain effect on treating the gastric ulcer.

Many organic substances in black tea can improve the microbial environment of the gastrointestinal tract and help maintain the normal function of the intestines and stomach.

Often drinking black tea with sugar and milk can diminish inflammation, protect gastric mucosa and have a certain effect on treating the gastric ulcer.

3. Yellow tea

Yellow tea is a slightly fermented tea. Heaping for yellowing is an important process for making yellow tea. During this step, the yellow tea leaves can produce special enzymes that have a good effect of promoting digestion and treat loss of appetite.

Yellow tea can penetrate into the cell with the circulation of body fluid, increase the elastic activity of the cells, and promote the metabolism of the cells. Especially, after penetrating into fat cells, the fat cells can accelerate the metabolism function under the action of digestive enzymes and decompose fat.

In addition, yellow tea is rich in tea polyphenols, amino acids, soluble sugar, vitamins and other nutrients, which has an obvious effect on the prevention and treatment of esophageal cancer.

4. Barley Tea (Da Mai Tea)

In traditional Chinese medicine, barley is a kind of traditional medicine. Barley has the effect of regulating the stomach function, relaxing the intestine, promoting digestion and so on.

Barley tea is a traditional fragrant tea widely spread in China, Japan, and Korea. It retains some of the original nutrients in barley, such as carbohydrates, plant proteins, B vitamins, unsaturated fatty acids, etc.

Barley tea has the effects on clearing heat, stopping thirst, helping digestion, losing weight, and strengthening blood vessels. Barley tea belongs to coarse grain tea, which can adjust digestion and absorption function.

5. Clove Tea (Ding Xiang Tea)

In China, Clove called Ding Xiang is a kind of traditional Chinese herb.

Clove tea is known as the “stomachic tea” in the field of herbal tea due to its outstanding stomach nourishing function. It is made from the leaves of Syzygium aromaticum. In addition, the flower bud of Syzygium aromaticum is also a kind of traditional Chinese medicine, also called clove or Ding Xiang.

Clove tea has effects on nourishing the stomach, relieving abdominal distension, increasing secretion of gastric juice, improving digestion, and treating halitosis.

Clove tea is rich in clover oil and eugenol, which can inhibit the activity of Helicobacter Pylori which can cause gastric cancer, so as to repair and improve gastrointestinal function.

It is suitable for everyone to drink, especially for people with indigestion, stomachache, and weakness of spleen and stomach.

When brewing clove tea, take 3-5g of it every day and brew it repeatedly. It’s easy to store. Just put it in a cool and dry place.

6. Hawthorn Tea

In traditional Chinese medicine, hawthorn is mainly used to treat dyspepsia and weakness of the stomach.

Hawthorn tea is rich in hawthorn acid and malic acid, which can promote the secretion of gastric acid, so as to promote digestion and increase appetite. The lipase contained in Hawthorn can promote the digestion of fat. So it is very suitable to drink for the meat-eating people.

In addition, hawthorn tea contains a lot of vitamin C and trace elements, which can dilate blood vessels, reduce blood pressure and blood sugar.


  • Pregnant women should not drink hawthorn tea. Hawthorn has an excitatory effect on the uterus, which can make the uterus contract. It is not good for the fetus.
  • Do not drink hawthorn tea on an empty stomach, otherwise, the gastric acid will increase rapidly, which will cause adverse stimulation to the gastric mucosa.