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Posted by on Oct 17, 2009 in Korean Culture | 4 comments

Green tea may ease mental distress

Green tea may ease mental distress

Atsushi Hozawa from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine published a study online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which stated, 

Drinking five cups of green tea per day may reduce the incidence of psychological distress by 20 per cent, says a new study from Japan.

In a study with 42,093 Japanese individuals 2,774 people, or 6.6 per cent of the study population, suffered from psychological stress, and green tea consumption was said to improve psychological well-being.

Buddhist monks between India and Japan have known this for thousands of years. These Buddhist monks brought the knowledge of tea cultivation wherever they traveled to spread Buddha’s message. The Buddhist monks valued green tea highly because it aided them in their meditations by keeping one awake and focused.

A Korean Buddhist scholar and monk from the late Joseon Dynasty, Seon Master Choui Uisun wrote a popular treatise in 1836 on Korean tea called the Dongdasong. Master Choui became known as the “Korean Tea Sage” for reviving Korea’s traditional tea ceremony by simplifying and demystifying it for the common person.


  1. I've heard green tea (and tea general) has beneficial effects for the body. I'm glad I love iced green tea.

  2. I think the act of drinking tea really helps as well. Coffee and soda bring to mind images of being on the go, but there is nothing more relaxing than a nice cup of green tea in your robe and slippers!

  3. I'll be publishing another article about green tea in the next 5 to 10 days. Green tea is just so popular lately.

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