According to Myō-ei Shonin of Toga-no-o who received tea seeds from Eisai Shonin and planted them in Toga-no-o in the early 1500s, and who practiced the early form of the traditional tea ceremony, here are the 10 benefits of tea:
- Has the blessing of all the Deities.
- Wards off disease. (the water-drinking disease, the want of appetite disease, paralysis, boils and beri-beri)
- Promotes filial piety.
- Strengthens friendships.
- Drives away the Devil.
- Disciplines body and mind.
- Banishes drowsiness.
- Destroys the passions.
- Keeps the Five Viscera in harmony.
- Gives a peaceful death.
Sadler,A. L.. Cha-No-Yu: The Japanese Tea Ceremony