Youth! Beauty! Health! The timeless quest!
But, where is it to be found?
It is well documented that there are pockets of people, who are centenarians, clustered not only in the mountainous Caucasus where they are most celebrated, but also in other rural areas like Yakutia in Siberia, or the Poltava District of the Ukraine, as well as Tibet and Spain. Compare this to the elderly in the United States who are often medicated and placed in nursing homes resigned to dying, without ever thinking of reaching the age of 100. A centenarian in this country is interviewed, congratulated by the President of the United States and given a party in his honor at his nursing home, so great is the occasion. These centenarians in Russia, Spain and Tibet are actively involved in life at their late age.
There is an area in Russia called Kargasok, where the people are a dairy and vegetable eating populace who cherish family ideals and traditions. Liquor and smoking are excluded from their lifestyle. A common outlook shared by the inhabitants is not to let life pressure them. They are a hearty, outdoor folk who work as carpenters, bookkeepers, and farmers who usually live to be well over 100. These elders are revered, active and valued members of society and family.
The harmony prevalent in Kargasok society is not reproduced in our Western world of stress and fast paced living. The Russian centenarians attribute their longevity not only to their work habits, but also to the yeast enzyme tea which has been in their diet for hundreds of years. This tea contains a concentrated amount of high quality protein which the body ingests and uses immediately. Yeast enzymes respond to the living micro-organisms in the body where they metabolize readily.
The ancient yeast-culture tea which the Kargasoks believe sustains their excellent health into the hundreds, found its way, years ago back to Japan again, when a prominent Japanese lady traveled to Kargasok, Russia. Upon arrival there she made an extraordinary observation of an unusually healthy people. The women were virtually without wrinkles and few other visible signs of aging. It was disclosed to her that everyone drank at least eight ounces of kombucha tea daily. To make this tea, The Japanese lady obtained a piece of the special yeast culture with instructions on how to make it. After drinking it for several weeks, she and her friends reported an astonishing difference in how they felt physically. Her reports also claim the pronounced lowering of high blood pressure, the fading of wrinkles, the gradual beginning of hair restoration, and an overall feeling of well-being.
Today over a million Japanese people drink the fermented tea daily. It is a common conversation piece on television and over the radio.
The Kombucha 1X or Kargasok 110 has been used for many hundreds, maybe thousands of years by those who believe it can activate the glandular system, stimulate the metabolism, reduce weight, lower uric acid, cholesterol, rheumatism, arthritis, neurasthenia, stomach-liver- kidney disorders, gout, boils, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, skin diseases, etc. The tea is also felt to rebuild the colon flora and increase the blood circulation and aid those under stress.
We are talking about a "Panacea" Manchurian Mushroom that takes seven days to reproduce itself; it looks like a hot cake but is grayish in color. Properly cultivated it:
Eliminates wrinkles and helps the removal of brown spots on hands. It is a skin humectant.
Prevents certain types of cancer; in Manchuria, where this mushroom came from, there has not been detected one single case of cancer. Every day people drink this tea as a religious atonement.
During menopause, reduces hot-flash discomfort. Just after drinking the Manchurian Mushroom Tea, you may feel a warm sensation. due to the fact that the tea components join the blood stream causing a draining action of toxic chemical elements and fluids. You will notice increased mobility in your extremities and flexibility around your waist.
Dr. Pan Pen, a scientist of Japan, reports his findings as follows: The tea helps restore hair growth after 4-6 months and gray hair will darken. Eyesight is strengthened. Because it was found that the culture contains three basic vital elements needed by the body, it is claimed that the tea is a life extender.
Dr. Sklenar of Germany is using this tea to support cancer treatments. He is also using Kombucha 1X and some other remedies to aid in cancer treatments. He believes that this tea can prevent cancer if drunk daily.
The first recorded use of Kombucha Tea was during the Chinese empire of the Tsing-Dynasty in 221 B.C. It was referred to as "The Remedy for Immortality" or "The Divine Tsche." In 414 B.C., Dr. Kombu, from Korea, brought it to Japan during the reign of Emperor Inkyo. Afterwards, this tea was used throughout China, Japan, and Korea and later introduced into Russia and India. ["Cha" is the Cantonese word for "tea" hence "Kombu-cha". O.L.]
It was called by several different names: Fungus japonicus, Fungo-japon Kombucha, Pichia fermentans, cembuya orientalist, Combuchu, Tschambucco, Volga spring, Mo-Gu, Champignon de longue vie, Teekwass, Kwassan, and Kargasok Tea.
The kombucha fungus is built in membrane form and is a symbiosis of yeast cells and different bacteria. Among these bacteria are: Bacterium xylinum, Bacterium gluconicum, Acetobacter ketogenum, and Pichia fermentans. [The latter is not a bacterium! O.L.] The kombucha fungus needs to live in a solution of black tea and sugar. In the right temperature they multiply constantly. They don't build spores as yeast normally does, but instead multiply by a process producing glucuronic acid, lactic acid, acetic acid and several vitamins. The yeast culture transforms the sugar and black tea into enzymes useful for the body. The fermented mixture later contains not only these products, but also 0.5% alcohol. Glucuronic acid is used in the body to build the important polysaccharides such as: Hyaluronic acid which is vital for the connective tissue; Chondroitinsulfate acid which is the basic substance in our cartilage; Mucoitinsulfate acid which is for the mucous and for the vitreous(eye), and also Heparin and lactic acid which is especially for our colon. Kombucha works like a natural antibiotic.
[Bracketed remarks attributed to "O.L." refer to Otto Lang, IBM ret., Amateur mycologist. See his remarks enclosed separately.]
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