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ALTERNATIVE HEALTH

TEAS - TISANES DO THERAPEUTIC HERBAL TEAS/EXPECTORANT TISANES HAVE A PLACE IN HEALTH CARE?

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erbal teas, known as tisanes, have a long history and are very different from what we call a tea. Herb tea is not a tea since tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. Instead, tisanes contain fresh or dried flowers, leaves, bark, fruits, or seeds of medicinal herbs that are steeped in boiling or cold water and claim to provide a potential health benefit. Some of these benefits are backed by scientific evidence whereas others are based on a long traditional use. The latter may be a claimed benefit based on how an ancient

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culture (e.g., Greece or Roman) treated a medical condition. Some tisanes are designed to offer a pleasant taste as they also contain ‘non-medicinal’ herbal ingredients that provide a distinct flavour. Tisanes are sold both in retail stores (including availability via web-based stores) and in clinics. There are some products that are preferred by health clinics, because they have an established quality and provide therapeutic benefits to their patients. Tisanes are under-utilized in health care because many view them purely as a socializing type drink.

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