Actually, it was the ancient Chinese who called kombucha tea-drink the 'Immortal Health Elixir' as they believed that the mixture balanced the spleen and stomach (referred to as the 'Qi), and aided in digestion and metabolism, which were thought to be helpful in healing. Indeed, throughout the ages, the kombucha plant form has been used as a curative in a number of areas within and around Asia, from Manchuria to Russia. In more recent times, beginning in the 1950s, Russian scientists examined the kombucha 'mushroom'. The organism actually is not mushroom or fungus, but a lichen, bacterium xylinium and natural yeast growth combination.
What scientists found was that a specific komboucha derived fermented drink, or 'tea' contains a numbers of substances that are beneficial to the body such as gluconic acid, which has the capacity to dissolve gall stones, and combat viral infections; hyaluronic acid, a component of connective tissue; chrondroitin sulfate, present in cartilage; and mucoitin-sufuric acid, an element that makes up the stomach lining and the vitreous humor of the eye. The 'tea' also contains B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 (folic acid), lactic acid; dextrogalyal and usnic acid, which is an element with strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral functions.
At the present, modern researchers have provided evidence that shows kambucha tea significantly strengthens the immune system and can be essential to the treatment and cure
of acne, aging skin, AIDS, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cancer, candidiasis, chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea and other digestive disorders, hair loss, hemorroids, high chloesterol, hyppoglycemia, incontinence, kidney and gall stone problems, menopausal problems, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate problems, psoriasis, and weight problems. It has also been said 'to increase energy and promote a general feeling of well-being. Hmm, where can we find this stuff?
Come back tomorrow and I'll have the sources where the item can be found as well as the recipe.
I'm actually looking forward to learning a lot more about kombucha, too.
Take care All
'Prescription for Natural Health', JF Bauch, MD, PA Bauch, CNC - Avery Publishing, New York, 1997