Special Benefits of Certain Teas According to Chinese Tradition


What’s a good tea to serve with a specific food? Most teas can be served any time, but some have characteristics that make them particularly good in a certain role.


JasmineAfter a strong tasting food, like seafood
Liuxi and Pu-erhAfter a meal with a lot of fat
Black teaWith salty or sweet desserts
Bi Luo ChunWith salty desserts

The following is a summary of the main health benefits of these special teas according to Chinese tradition. Many other teas, including black tea, can have similar effects, but these below have been singled out by convention.


Baihao YinzhenStimulates digestive tract, counteracts dampness, heat
GunpowderFluoride for teeth, bones
Liuxi, Pu-erhConstipation, regularity, after heavy meal
Lu'an GuapianThirst quencher
Lung ChingHot weather cooler
Lushan YunwuLongevity
MengdingLongevity, general good health
Puto Fo ChaDiarrhea
DahongpaoLongevity, generally beneficial
LiubaoDigestion, dampness, fats
Pu-erhDigests fats, cuts cholesterol

As described in the book, All the Tea in China
  by Kit Chow & Ione Kramer (1990)