More and more alternative health treatments are available these days, however how successful are they in solving our health problems?

A few years ago my girlfriend was having some trouble with her health, she complained of constant aches in various areas of her body. She felt lethargic and generally low. It was affecting many aspects of her life including her career; she worked for a external doors company. She went to the doctor and tried conventional treatments and tablets. This unfortunately did not remedy the situation and she became more and more frustrated.

A friend recommended reflexology and despite many reservations and doubts my girlfriend agreed to give it a go. On her return she was full of life and was buzzing stating how much she had loved it. Now this is not to say that reflexology will work for everyone but her experience was very positive.

With this positive outcome my girlfriend became more open to alternative therapy and then decided to attend an aromatherapy appointment. This positive experience has resulted in my fiancee attending other forms of natural treatments including massages and reiki.

As for my own experiences, I am somebody who had a speech impediment known as stuttering from the age of four. I attended numerous forms of speech and language therapy during the next decade and a bit. The advice from what I remember was two fold, firstly they advised me to take a deep breath before talking and secondly to speak slower. I had no confidence with these therapists as a lot of my friends spoke quicker than I did and not one of them took a deep breath before they spoke. They also had never had a stutter themselves and therefore I felt it was impossible for them to understand what I was going through.

After working very hard for nearly year I managed to stop stuttering. I did this by reading many books to do with positive thinking and mind over a matter; I also bought a brilliant self-help DVD from the How To Stuttering Centre in England. This was my own form of alternative therapy and it worked for me.

I am now doing very well working for a cost reduction company; it sure helps being able to talk fluently.

It is a known fact that colonists from England brought the habit of the tea drinking to the New World. So, North America was introduced to the tea in 17th century. But only rich people had the opportunity to enjoy it. And the tea drinking became the necessary element of luxurious living. In the course of time Americans of the lower classes also began drinking tea; and tea parties became a sign of good taste and hospitality.

But the tea in the New World was not only a pleasure but it became a participant of the revolution. When the Englishmen charged heavy taxes on the tea trade, colonists occupied a ship of the East India Company and threw away more than 20 tons of tea. This event is known in history as Boston Tea Party.

Tea business made rich many Americans. For example at the beginning of the 20th century one New York businessman got a brilliant idea to pack tea into the tiny silky bags. The idea was quickly implemented, and the businessman became famous and successful overnight. This invention has changed the art of the tea brewing; on the one hand this made the tea brewing more convenient, but at the same time led to the worse quality of tea.

In the same century during one exhibition another tea businessman tried something new and untraditional. It was very hot in the town where the exhibition took place and the businessman tried to add ice to the tea. People enjoyed it very much, as it was so refreshing in the hot weather. Nowadays the iced tea is extremely popular among Americans.

In the course of time traditions changed and right now the attitude to the tea drinking is absolutely different in the modern USA. The first admiration and delight have passed and today Americans prefer coffee. But at the same time the USA is one of the leaders in the tea import.

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The nutrient level and anti-oxidant level of green tea depends on the time of plucking and on the planting conditions. Though these conditions determine the type of tea, there is a variation in the type of nutrition and the antioxidant values of the tea. They depend chiefly on the quality of the tea.

Longjing
This is very popular variety of Chinese green tea. The leaf you normally get in the market belongs to this type of tea. It contains vitamin C, catechins and other nutrients. The amount of nutrients differs in different type of Longjing tea. Hence, it is said that it has various incarnations. Bai Longjing is one of the many types that contain a high amount of amino acids.

Kukicha
This green tea is essentially a by-product of gyokuro or sencha green tea. It is composed of twigs, stalks and stems. It is unprocessed variety and hence, a staple part of the ‘macrobiotic’ diet.

Schincha
Schincha is a Japanese green tea. It simply means ‘new tea’. They are the very first tender leaves that appear on the plant and grow during the beginning of spring. Since the leaves are harvested early, they have concentrated nutrients which were stored in the leaves during winter. They contain a high amount of amino acids and vitamins. The amount of catechin, in the tea, is rather minimal.

Gyokuro
This type of green tea is grown in the shade during the last twenty days of growth. The plants thus get filled with a high amount of vitamins and amino acids. Apart from these health benefits, they also contain a sweet taste and unique scent.

Matcha
Both Matcha and Gyokuro are harvested in a very similar manner. The difference occurs in the refinement of the tea. While Gyokuro resembles typical green tea, Matcha is ground in stone-mills. In other words, you ingest the tea leaves in Match green tea. The leaves are packed with concentrated amount of vitamins and amino acids. Therefore, you get the primary benefit of green tea.