Which plant should we use for which skin disease? That is the subject of my video Natural treatment for acne and fungal infections. To date, thousands of studies have been published on the health effects of green tea, but it was only relatively recently that researchers began to look into the possibility of using green tea to prevent and treat infections. Patents have been pending for the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of tea. Let’s review some of the evidence.
In terms of fungal infections, green tea compounds have shown “strong antifungal activity” against the root cause of athlete’s foot, nail fungal infections, jock itch, and ringworm – in some cases comparable to strong antifungal drugs like fluconazole. However, this was shown in a petri dish. How about a green tea foot bath for athlete’s foot between your toes? Apparently, tea leaves were once used as a folk remedy for the fungus. So why not put it to the test? In fact, a 15-minute foot bath with diluted green tea once a day resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms compared to controls.
Green tea baths also seemed to help with fungal-associated atopic dermatitis, although there was no control group in this study, and a full strength green tea can help remove candida yeast from poorly cleaned dentures. What about the bacteria that cause plaque and gingivitis? Even a 2% green tea mouthwash was found to be effective. Yes, you should be able to control plaque with just proper brushing and flossing – with an emphasis on “right”. Most people don’t brush for the recommended four minutes a day, so a mouthwash diluted with green tea can help.
In terms of its ability to kill plaque bacteria, green tea has been beaten by a “garlic with a lime mouthwash” but I think I’ll stick with green tea, especially if green tea appears to kill plaque insects as well as direct boost the antibacterial capacity of saliva after you’ve drunk it.
What about green tea for acne? Six weeks of a 2% green tea lotion reduced the number of pimples by more than half and reduced the severity significantly as you can see at 2:48 in mine Video, This makes it a cheap, effective treatment for acne.
Impetigo is another bacterial skin infection that can affect the face. However, a tea ointment can affect an 80 percent cure rate, which is comparable to antibiotics given topically or orally.
What about cystitis? We know that a certain concentration of green tea compounds can kill the type of E. coli that causes urinary tract infections. Then the question arises, how much tea do you need to drink to get these concentrations in your bladder? Not much, it turns out. Just one cup of tea may have an effect, but you may need to clear out several cups during the day as it will be removed from your system within eight hours as you can see in my 3:45 am report Video.
Where are we now The test tube data looks promising, but there hasn’t been a single study to test it. At this point, green tea should only be used as an adjunct therapy for bladder infections. However, with multidrug-resistant organisms emerging, green tea undoubtedly holds potential.
Wait a moment. If green tea is so good at killing bacteria, would we be killing the good bacteria in our gut by drinking it? No, that’s what’s so amazing. “Green tea has also been shown to have no effect on the intestinal flora, which is a huge advantage over other bactericidal agents [bacteria-killing] Agents. “But that may not really be true. Drinking green tea can actually increase the levels of our good bacteria by acting as a prebiotic, thereby improving the intestinal environment. So it may actually have some impact on our intestinal flora, but it seems everything to be good.
Drinking tea with meals can affect iron absorption. It is therefore better to drink it between meals. For more information on green tea, one of my favorite beverages, along with water and hibiscus tea, visit:
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Michael Greger, MD
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