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What's up with China Slim Tea? My mother was given a box of it when she visited a small Japanese store and has been drinking it for about a week with the hopes of loosing weight. I can't find any reviews on-line but I'm pretty sure taking an all natural laxitive cannot be healthy! Has anyone else heard of or tried this tea?!

Edited Apr 09 2008 22:04 by nycgirl
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On some websites, it claims to be similiar to Chinese green tea.  But when I looked at the ingredients, it looks like a bunch of Chinese medicinal herbs names that not many know what they do.  If there is a China town near you, take it into the herbal medicine shop (one of those with giant bottles everywhere and smells pretty weird).  The guy behind the counter should be able to tell you if it's healthy or not.  Personally, I wouldn't drink that just because I don't know what those ingredients do.

  • Ingredients: Cassia Acutifolia Delile (Hoja de Sena), Folium Sennae, Tinnevelly Senna, Cassia Angustifolia Vahl, Panax Quinquefolium, Radix Panacis Quinquefolii, Malva Verticillata, Fructus Malvae.
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    Lot's of Senna which is a natural laxative - if she is drinking only one cup a day she is OK provided that her system can tolerate it.  I drink one cup a day of another type (Smooth Move).

    If she is drinking more, you might want to give some info and suggest that she cut back.

    It will NOT help her lose weight though.  That is only done through eating right and maintaining at least 1200 calories a day.
    Anything she loses will come right back..it's good for when you are constipated but that's about it..
    yeah I head alot about this too. Is it bad?

    Don't you lose only water weight?
    senna can cause dependency. i would tell her to stop using it if it has that in it.

    are you sure its not oolong or wulong tea?


    cause those are safe and are supposed to cause weightloss.
    i never tried them though.
    I've heard that senna can be quite toxic.  In Laura Fraser's book Losing It: America's Obsession With Weight Loss & the Industry That Feeds On It there is a story of a woman who died from senna building up in her system from drinking a diet tea over an extended period of time.
    my friend on another message board in her 40's had malignant spots in her colon that the doctor attributed to senna use.

    also long term it causes clubbing of the fingers...
    which totally freaks me out...its true though.

    its the same chemical they use in ex-lax (senocides)
    rrsp
    Apr 09 2008 16:19
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    Hi Kristi!


    I just thought that I would mention something positive about Slim Tea.  I have been drinking it for two weeks now, eating three meals a day that are healthy, and exercising using Pilates and Cardio.  Thus far I have lost 5 pounds in two weeks.

    Here is a list of things that I have not encountered:

    - Runny stools

    - Pain of any kind anywhere in my body


    In fact, I feel like I am being cleaned out and if feels good after I've finished my tea, and IT IS relaxing.

    I believe that this tea is all natural, from what I've read on the box.  I drink it with milk, three times a day.

    Personally I find it a bit fantastical that a doctor would point their finger at senna, and by extension, the tea to blame it for "malignant spots" on a colon.  The spots could be the cause of anything, most likely a genetic issue, so don't let people scare you with those kinds of statements.  And the "clubbing" of fingers seems pretty super-natural to me, and is more likely related to arthritis in very late stages and/or seniors with deteriorating calcium, cartilage and flexibility due to old age.

    For an All Natural Tea, the word use of "chemical" seems a little scary to me, however, since everything in that box and on the paperwork that comes with it says nothing about man made chemicals, only natural plant leaves, from the earth, ground up and made in to a tea.  Seems a little more logical to me to think of it like that.


    Don't worry about your mother, if she IS having runny stools and it just happens to be right after she started drinking the tea, having said all I have just said, there could very well be an allergy reaction to the tea that is occurring and while the tea is safe from my account, she could just be allergic to one of the leaves used.  The plan is simple, stop drinking it.  There are all kinds of factors that weigh in on this issue that are not health related: what kind of food does she eat?  is she working out regularily?  is she not eating and drinking the tea only? (because that would lead to runny stools if the stomach has nothing to digest and only the stuff her organs are already designed to pull out of the body and pass, so the tea will take it all and form feces which as a result comes out like liquid rather than solid).


    I hope this testimonial has helped you.  There a tons of other things out there to try that are all natural, and some of them include doing massage therapy and acupuncture etc not even remotely related to ingesting something to help weight loss.


    The ONLY thing I would definitely not recommend is resorting to pills that have man made chemicals in them.  I draw the line at those.  We are a pill society (just keep count at commercial breaks when you're watching tv) and I refuse to take part of it.  Only natural things enter this body!


    Take care,

    RRSP.

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    Apr 09 2008 16:22
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    Apr 09 2008 16:23
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    Original Post by antoinette_lebrun:

    senna can cause dependency. i would tell her to stop using it if it has that in it.

    are you sure its not oolong or wulong tea?


    cause those are safe and are supposed to cause weightloss.
    i never tried them though.

    Oolong Tea is the main ingredient in Slim Tea.

    rrsp
    Apr 09 2008 16:25
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    Original Post by andreajean11:

    I've heard that senna can be quite toxic. In Laura Fraser's book Losing It: America's Obsession With Weight Loss & the Industry That Feeds On It there is a story of a woman who died from senna building up in her system from drinking a diet tea over an extended period of time.

    Can I ask a very straight-forward question?  Have you read the book and specifically the pages where it should be written that this woman died from drinking tea?  If so, I will go out and find this book just to read it, because I am quite curious.

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    Apr 09 2008 16:35
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    Original Post by babyangie:

    On some websites, it claims to be similiar to Chinese green tea. But when I looked at the ingredients, it looks like a bunch of Chinese medicinal herbs names that not many know what they do. If there is a China town near you, take it into the herbal medicine shop (one of those with giant bottles everywhere and smells pretty weird). The guy behind the counter should be able to tell you if it's healthy or not. Personally, I wouldn't drink that just because I don't know what those ingredients do.

  • Ingredients: Cassia Acutifolia Delile (Hoja de Sena), Folium Sennae, Tinnevelly Senna, Cassia Angustifolia Vahl, Panax Quinquefolium, Radix Panacis Quinquefolii, Malva Verticillata, Fructus Malvae.
  • Hopefully when Kristi encounters the nice Chinese medicine man, he will speak enough English to help her.  No offense, but in MY China Town you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who speaks English, it's all Mandarin, Chinese etc.  I wish her the best if she decided to do this.

    The meaning of the ingredients can ALSO be found in a natural pharmacy, normally located (if you live in Canada) at Shoppers Drug Mart or a natural foods store.  Don't know why there's a difference here but there is apparently, I think they carry more.

    And I can recommend a book by Karen Sullivan called "Natural Remedies", which has straightforward accurate advice on how to heal the human body and list the ingredients of each herb and what it does for the body when ingested.

    Just for the record, I blame hollywood and paparazi for the obsession with weight loss.  If we didn't have those two factors, the world would be very different.

    Ciao,

    RRSP.

    there are thousands of "slim teas" "slimming tea"  "Super-skinny-thermo-balarina-green-poop-trim ming-tea" etc. So the one her mom is taking may not be just the oolong soothing tea.

    If there is the word "senne or senna" any where in the ingredients, it is a laxative, and should be taken with caution. Senna will not kill you (in realistic amounts) but over use can cause dependance for bowel function.

    Despite all of the useful posts, the "poopy-tea" (as my mom and I refer to it) experiment came quickly to a halt as both of us would rather go on a cracker and water diet to lose weight than deal with abdominal cramping and diarhea!  I tried the tea just to see if I would have the same reaction to it and it was like having a very bad flu bug, all day!!!  It was in a green box and she got it from the Asian store near her house and we won't be buying anymore of it!  Haha!!! Embarassed  Thanks for all your input!!!  Laughing

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    Apr 10 2008 04:17
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    Hey Kristi,

    No problem, just trying to help my fellow woman out.  It has become very clear to me in this thread that none of the people (besides myself and you I hope) seem to have read my threads or any of the boxes with Slim Tea in it whatever color it may be...and that I fear is a huge mistake when trying to help someone online.  I wish you luck in your endeavor to turn your body in to a healthier temple since in this life, we only get one.

    I have the "Red Box".. *pulls out red block from toy box* see?  It's big and red and oh look at all the wonderful words we've discovered on the back and side explaining ingredients and what is NOT in the ingredients.  And oh my! look at this lovely folded package with INSTRUCTIONS on how to live healthy while drinking this tea NOT IN EXCESS.  I would say about 4 weeks to help get someone back on track is about right, but hey that's just me.


    Kristi that last paragraph was not directed at you, I just didn't feel like posting twice.  The rest of you should really have a look at what you have in your cupboards, because YES some of the teas of Slim Tea are mild diuretics but not to the point where the body is experiencing runny stools. 


    I will close with a quote from the back of my red box: "SLIM TEA, with the enclosed balanced diet plan, is the natural alternative to uncomfortable low calorie, low carbohydrate and other confusing and difficult to maintain diet programs. SLIM TEA contains no sugar, laxatives, chemicals or artificial ingredients and is 99.9% caffeine free.  Ingredients: Hand-picked rare species of Chinese Oolong Tea". 


    I could go on but I think my point is clear.

     

    BY THE WAY: "Clubbing of fingers is also a result of a previously undiagnosed heart disease problem, and clubbing was always there in the fingers to begin with.  When the person gets older, the heart fails to work as hard as it needs to and then we start to see the effects elsewhere in the body." (As quoted from a retired RN earlier today).

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