November & December of 2018 Zen’s Tea House did a series called Spilling the Tea on Mental Health. Through webinars, we Zen’s Tea House taught how a holistic approach to one’s wellness goes beyond the physical.
The World Health Organization defines Mental Health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO’s definition of health as contained in its constitution: Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Zen’s Tea House works with licensed medical physicians, ND, DC, OD, & MD’s, to use teas to help supplement people’s diets which can have a significant connection to one’s Mental Health. This video briefly shares on the gut-mine connection. Quote from the University of Minnesota: The vagus nerve is the longest of the cranial nerves that carry impulses to and from the brain. It starts at the base of the brain and continues through the neck and chest to the abdomen. You have two vagus nerves, one on each side of the body. Quote from the article: “Vagus nerve as modulator of the brain–gut axis in psychiatric and inflammatory disorders.” Frontiers in psychiatry 9 (2018): 44.
The vagus nerve represents the main component of the nervous system, which oversees a vast array of crucial bodily functions, including control of mood, immune response, digestion, and heart rate. It establishes one of the connections between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract and sends information about the state of the inner organs to the brain via afferent fibers. …. The idea or theory that teas or herbal medicine can be used to assist the human mental condition not new.
There are numerous medical studies on large groups of people done, in order to prove the efficacy of traditional herbal medicine, but virtually no pharmaceutical company is publicly endorsing these studies. There are skeptics who claim studies on herbal medicine being too small and therefore statistically unacceptable. There is reason to be skeptical because the source of teas and herbs plays a huge role in how “healthy” it can be. Some tea companies carry teas and herbs that contain harmful chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals. GMO-FREE (Free of Genetically Modified Organisms) teas and herbs are typically safer; organic too. It is noteworthy that thousands of years of traditional use, and insurmountable testimonials for teas and herbs as medicine, more than a drink to be enjoyed.
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