Curious Medical Treatments Using Tea

The word is that tea can be good for your health. You might have already heard that one. Or you might have read some articles on the topic, such as the ones we have listed here. But as I was sorting through patent records recently, something I do from time to time, I discovered that tea has been proposed as a remedy for some ailments that we probably haven’t covered at this site.

If you’re like me, you can’t help but cast a skeptical eye on remedies and alleged cures for hair loss. I’m not saying that a patent for Hair Treatment Lotion is one to generate skepticism, but one can’t help wondering. It was issued a few years ago and, to summarize, “the invention provides a hair treatment lotion of green tea, gentian, and geranium in aqueous solution, and methods for using this lotion to prevent or treat hair loss.”

If that’s not enough hair loss remedies for you try, the even more recent Composition and Method for Treatment of Hair Loss With a Combination of Natural Ingredients. It apparently does not use actual tea as one of its components but rather epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an active compound in tea that’s alleged to provide a wide range of health benefits. There’s also some caffeine and saw palmetto berry extract in there, just to liven things up.

If it’s the scourge of migraines that plagues you, then you might find it interesting to review a 2005 patent with the unwieldy title, Comprises Brewing Black Pekoe Tea, Then Adding Aspirin Tablets, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Honey. Which pretty much says it all, except to note that “The entire hot and concentrated composition is then cooled over ice so that a person suffering from a migraine headache may quickly drink it.”

If you’re looking to recover more quickly from your next bout of exercise, there may be hope in the form of a 2013 patent called Use of Tea-Derived, Theaflavin Enriched Extract to Increase Exercise Performance and Reduce Exercise Recovery Time. Then there’s the Anaerobic Tea Steeper and Method of Use. This one is not designed to address any specific treatment but rather is intended “to maximize the preservation of the antioxidants in the aqueous tea extract to be used as a health-promoting beverage.”

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