No published scientific research currently exists to confirm the health benefits of drinking kombucha tea. For now we can only say that the benefits are as real as the personal testimonials — and there are many — that praise the tea’s effects. We must also realize that the tea, like any other remedy, might not work for everyone.
Arthritis. Individuals with arthritis have reported healing effects from drinking kombucha tea. Many dancers, both in Russia and North America, drink kombucha tea and report fewer ligament and arthritis problems, both of which are common among dancers and other athletes.
Asthma. According to author Harald Tietze, asthma patients under the care of a physician named A. Wiesner noticed considerable improvement in their condition while on kombucha therapy.
Blood pressure, high. High blood pressure is a persistent health problem that has many causes, although it’s often closely associated with high blood cholesterol levels. Just as there are many causes, there are many treatments. Drinking kombucha tea regularly has been known to lower high blood pressure. In addition, I would recommend adding nutrient silica gel to the daily diet to elasticize the blood vessels. And, of course, avoid salt!
Bowel problems. Kombucha tea can help heal so many illnesses of the stomach and the bowels that I could write a whole book on this subject alone. Kombucha tea shows good results in clearing up stomach and bowel problems by balancing the pH and the intestinal flora. Healing seems to follow magically once the body’s systems are in good working order.
Bronchitis. According to Harald Tietze, a Dutch doctor by the name of Harnisch successfully prescribed kombucha tea for treating bronchitis in his young patients.
Candida albicans infection. Because Candida albicans is a type of yeast infection, it’s natural to assume that people who have it should stay away from other yeast cultures. On the contrary, Günther Frank says the yeast in the kombucha culture doesn’t belong to the Candida family, and reproduces by budding and fission rather than spores like Candida albicans. Frank’s argument is supported by studies done at Cornell University and reported by Betsy Pryor. The Cornell studies found kombucha tea effective in treating Candida albicans and the bacteria that commonly cause duodenal ulcers.
Cholesterol levels, high. We all know that high blood lipid levels (excessive cholesterol) and hypertension (high blood pressure) ultimately lead to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in North America. Drinking kombucha tea has been found to decrease blood cholesterol levels.
Chronic fatigue syndrome. Many researchers have reported that people attribute drinking kombucha tea to healing chronic fatigue syndrome. If chronic fatigue is due to intestinal or liver problems, as some people believe, kombucha tea, with its cleansing and balancing abilities, could be a key factor in preventing and overcoming this syndrome.
Colds. Cold viruses take hold of us mainly when we’re stressed, tired, or depressed or when the immune system is compromised. Because kombucha functions as a natural antibiotic, regularly drinking kombucha tea can help prevent or alleviate colds. Adding vitamin C to a cold prevention program is vital. Some holistic healers also recommend echinacea for cold prevention. KefiActive offers two products that are designed to fight colds: KefiActive Astragalus Membranaceus Root, which combats frequent colds, and KefiActive Echinacea, which fights off upper respiratory tract infections.
Constipation. Constipation is often chronic and caused by eating the wrong foods or getting insufficient exercise. Much like diarrhea, constipation has reportedly been cleared up quickly by kombucha tea. Perhaps that’s because drinking kombucha tea helps to restore intestinal flora.
In addition to drinking kombucha tea, another good habit that prevents constipation is eating a sufficient daily amount of fiber-rich food, or roughage. Eating foods such as green salads, fruits, and whole-grain breads becomes even more important with age, because digestion tends to become more sluggish and needs all the encouragement it can get. Roughage and kombucha tea are excellent natural laxatives, and if you’re incorporating both into your diet, you won’t be likely to develop constipation. According to experts, even the classic prune juice remedy shouldn’t be needed when drinking kombucha tea.
Diarrhea. Kombucha tea seems to clear up diarrhea quickly. Scientific studies in Russia indicate that bacterial dysentery also responds well to kombucha tea.
Fluid retention. Testimonials support findings that drinking kombucha tea can reduce excessive fluid retention in the legs.
Gout. Gout can result when a person eats too much rich food over many years. Because kombucha tea balances the intestinal flora and stimulates metabolism, drinking the tea could be a helpful remedy for gout. Juice fasting that incorporates kombucha tea could also help alleviate gout.
Prostate problems. Extremely common in older men, prostate problems are thought to affect half of men over age fifty. Many natural remedies are available. Alternative health experts suggest that drinking kombucha tea regularly decreases bladder inflammation and can therefore alleviate prostate inflammation too. Other natural remedies include hemp oil, organic nettle root, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, willow, and zinc supplements.
Psoriasis. Some medical practitioners reportedly recommend kombucha tea for psoriasis. In addition to drinking the tea, those with psoriasis can apply the tea directly to the skin. Testimonials tend to confirm this. Adding nutrient silica gel to the diet is another good way to clear up and prevent skin disease, especially for people who are genetically predisposed to it. Stress also seems to play a role in triggering skin rashes. In such cases, removing the source of the stress while increasing the intake of B-complex vitamins can be helpful.
Reprinted with permission from Kombucha Redisovered: The Medicinal Benefits of an Ancient Healing Tea by Klaus Kaufmann, DSc and published by Books Alive, 2013.