Another way to take advantage of this drink
There seems to be no end to the long list of health benefits of green tea. Discover in this article what this new property is about.
It seems that green tea loves to surprise, and always does it in different and unthinkable ways. It seems incredible that this drink possesses so many medicinal properties. Now it would be the turn of his antimicrobial power. do you want to know what is it about?
According to university studies published during 2013, green tea would serve to combat foot fungi.
Tinea pedis, also known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet, usually found between the toes. In Japan, it is common that to treat such condition, rub directly the affected area with green tea leaves.
A recent medical research found that soaking feet in hot water with green tea was more effective than a hot water bath alone, to improve the symptoms of athlete’s foot.
What did the study consist of?
The study included 94 elderly participants who had been diagnosed with athlete’s foot. The participants were randomly divided into two groups. The group that used green tea as a treatment received a daily bath on the feet with a solution of hot water and green tea extract.
The other group received a daily foot bath with water only.
How was the treatment?
The foot baths were performed once a day. Before each foot bath, these were washed with mild soap and rinsed with warm water. The feet were submerged up to the ankles in hot water for 15 minutes. After the bath, the feet were dried with a towel, but they were not washed again.
This was done deliberately, so that the beneficial properties of green tea remained on the skin longer. They did not wash the feet of the participants in the green tea group.
What was the results?
After 12 weeks of treatment, the overall assessment of skin symptoms (redness, peeling skin and tissue softening) were significantly better in the group that used green tea compared to the group that used only water.
The cutaneous symptoms were analyzed by the same doctor at the beginning of the study and at week 12 of the treatment.
There were no adverse skin reactions reported in the green tea group, therefore, the researchers think that a higher concentration of green tea in the foot bath could improve its effectiveness and still be safe to use.
Future research with more participants could help determine if a more concentrated green tea solution could show better results or faster healing results.
What conclusions were reached?
- The hot Mo Li Piao Xue Jasmine Green Tea solution used in the foot bath for 15 minutes a day improves the general symptoms of athlete’s foot skin compared to just washing the affected area.
- This was the first study conducted to test the effects of foot baths with green tea, for the treatment of athlete’s foot condition.
- If you suffer from athlete’s foot, it is advisable that you consult a dermatologist to advise you on the use of foot baths with green tea to help you in the treatment.