Rooibos tea "red tea"

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Has anyone tried the Red tea from Africa?
It's supposed to be good for digestive problems and has loads of antioxidants and other stuff.
I bought Tetley's new Rooibos tea but haven't tried it yet. I've been sticking with decaf. green tea and chamomile.
Any other herbal tea ideas, please share them too.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
this I don't know about. I've heard of a green tea concoction with apple cider vinegar and honey, and my wife does senna leaf to 'get things moving'.
I am a pre-30yr. old who has been diagnosed with Crohn's for 14 years.  Symptoms change from cramping and weight loss to severe anemia with fatigue and diarrhea. 
I'm DONE (D-O-N-E, DONE!!!) with immuno-suppressants.  Tremble, yee Pharmacuetical companies, for you will not withstand the aggressive onslaught of our healing!
new prescription from natural doc,
3.5 grams Chlorella daily.
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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
You have to be really careful with red tea. I've been told it can interfere with chemotherapy drugs and stop them from working, and that makes me think that you should probably think twice (and consult a very wise doctor) before you drink it, especially if you're on chemo-ish meds like methotrexate.

As I said, be careful. These supplements get a good rep with healthy people, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they will work for those of us who are already sick.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
ps. And I've been told that even red tea beauty products (soaps, lotions etc) can interfere with our meds, so please do be careful.
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   Posted 2/19/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
rooibos tea is tasty. i'll drink it on occasion.

the new hot tea is tulsi, a tea from india. this tastes good too.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 2/19/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I love red tea, I'm a tea fanatic. You should steep it for about 10 minutes to get the nutrients from it. It's not like green tea, it doesn't get bitter if you steep it too long.

I haven't noticed any differences in my digestion from it though.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Im not a fan of it, but at the store I work at they sample it everyday at our tea bar, people seem to like it...Ive never heard of it helping or hurting anyone, but Ive never looked into it either.

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   Posted 2/20/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I started drinking it about two years ago, simply because I was avoiding caffeine and wanted a hot drink that tasted somewhat like normal tea. I now appreciate that it doesn't...but as I like it, and it doesn't seem to be doing me any harm at all, who cares ! Having said that, I am not on any medications, so I wouldn't expect it to be contraindicated. Have you tried a herbalist to see if they know of any side-effects ?

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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I talked to my doctor about Rooibus Tea this week, and she said that it has a chemical component that can affect absorption of some medications, the same way that grapefruit can affect absorption. I'm on Humira and she said it won't be a problem for me, but that it *can* be a problem for other medications. You should check with your doctor to find out for sure!

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   Posted 3/3/2017 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I made some research about the claims made here ('rooibos interfering with chemo drugs', 'drug interaction', 'absorption'...) but couldn't find anything noteworthy.

Do these claims have any scientific or anecdotal basis? Do you guys have any links?

Since I can't drink coffee or black (or green) tea, I drink rooibos tea a lot, and I'm on max dose of 6mp for Crohn's.
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