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What Is Chowa?

By Andrea Cross
Updated May 16, 2024
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Chowa, or Cho-wa, is an herbal tea used as a nutritional supplement. The company that produces the tea and the people who use it claim that it has an interesting history as well as a significant number of health benefits. Although these claims have never been formally tested, the tea does contain a number of natural ingredients that are known to have beneficial effects.

Producers claim that the tea has been used for centuries in Japan. It was supposedly concocted by a sensei exclusively for use by the Tiger Shogun. Even after his death, only his descendants were allowed to drink the secret formula. After a number of years, it was passed down to Dr. Kumato and taken out of Japan to California, where it is now produced by Kumato laboratories and is available for purchase by the masses.

Chowa is claimed to have numerous health benefits. Retailers and users tout it as improving the immune system, promoting weight loss, and increasing mental function. It is also thought to help alleviate depression and generally raise a person's mood, reduce cholesterol and fatigue, and decrease unpleasant symptoms such as aching joints. There has not been any formal, published clinical trials testing these claims, but many are supported by numerous consumer reviews. A number of ingredients in the powdered tea have also previously been recognized as having significant potential health benefits.

One of the main ingredients in Chowa is green tea. Green tea has long been used as an antioxidant and is thought to be useful in boosting the immune system, reducing LDL cholesterol, and aiding weight loss by increasing the user's metabolism. Rhodiola, also known as Golden Root, is a plant purported to reduce feelings of depression and improve mental and physical abilities. A third ingredient, ginkgo biloba, also may enhance mental capabilities such as memory. This tree is known for numerous beneficial properties, including increasing blood circulation, improving the supply of oxygen to tissues and organs, and protecting cells against degeneration and damage.

The three mushroom species included in the Chowa — shiitake, reishi, and maitake — are commonly eaten to help improve the function of the immune system. Lyceum, also known as the Chinese wolfberry, can help the health of users by reducing both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Euphoria root is considered an excellent source of essential vitamins, such as A and C, and minerals, including iron and potassium. Finally, licorice fruit can help to improve the health of the lungs by reducing the viscosity of mucus and making it easier to expel.

The recommended dosage for Chowa is one cup (about 240 ml) per day, made with water like regular tea. Although the ingredients are natural, the tea apparently contains a significant amount of caffeine. As it is an herbal supplement, the production of Chowa is not stringently regulated, and like all supplements, patients should both check with their doctors and conduct their own research before deciding if it is the right supplement for them.

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Discussion Comments
By anon1004711 — On Apr 04, 2021

I just received the little booklet yesterday and am extremely interested in what it will do for me sexually as I am somewhat disappointed occasionally. RC

By stoneMason — On Feb 10, 2015

I heard about this tea from a friend. I've been using it for a few days and I haven't really noticed any difference.

My friend had raved about it and said that it help her think more clearly, work better during the day and sleep better at night. I did not experience any of these things. I will continue to use it for at least a week but if I still don't see any changes, then I won't use it anymore. Maybe people react to this tea differently.

By burcinc — On Feb 10, 2015

@candyquilt-- I have not used chowa for high blood pressure so I cannot say. But please don't use it without talking to your doctor about it.

The tea is a bit strong. I use it for its energizing effects but I use half the packet because one packet is too much for me. Since it gives energy and sort of feels like the effects of caffeine, there is a possibility that it may increase your blood pressure or heart rate. So I don't think that anyone with chronic conditions like these should use chowa.

Although this is a herbal tea, herbs can be very effective and many have medicinal properties. So we can't use herbs freely thinking that they won't have side effects. They may have side effects so it's important to be cautious.

By candyquilt — On Feb 09, 2015

I'm surprised that chowa can reduce blood pressure. Caffeine increases blood pressure and if chowa has a lot of caffeine, I don't think it can reduce blood pressure. Has anyone here used chowa tea for high blood pressure? What was the effect? And also, has anyone with diabetes used chowa? I'm wondering what effect, if any, it has on blood sugar?

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