HT-006 Imperial Wild-growing Kuding/Bitter Tea


Kuding Tea 

Product name: Imperial Kuding tea

Item code: HT-006

Shape: stick shape

Origin: Guangxi province, China

Picking standard: one bud with two leaves

Brewing way: 90°C water ,3g per 300ml-350ml for 3 mins; can be infused 2-3 times.

Taste: First bitter, then after-taste sweetness comes

Storage way: seal, dry & cool place, away from light.

MOQ: 50kg


What is Kuding Tea?

Kuding tea(苦丁茶), also known as bitter tea, with Latin scientific name: Follium Ilicis Latifoliae(大叶冬青), is Chinese traditional medicine from ancient time till now. The name Ku, derived from the Chinese word Ku(bitter 苦), Ding, derived from the Chinese word Ding( 丁, which looks like long spike).

Medicinal Parts:

The tender leaves of the holly family plants, such as Ilex cornuta, Ilex latifolia, or Ilex kuding tea.

Property and flavor:

Sweet and bitter, cold in nature.

Channel tropism:

Related to the liver, lung, and stomach meridians.


Dispels wind and clears heat, improves vision, and generates fluids.


Headaches due to wind-heat, toothaches, red eyes, tinnitus, mouth ulcers, fever with restlessness and thirst, diarrhea, dysentery.

Relevant Combinations:

1.Used together with gypsum to clear heat and relieve fire, diffuse the lungs, and disperse clearness.

2.Used together with reed root to nourish yin, generate fluids, and alleviate restlessness and thirst.

3.Used together with chrysanthemum to dispel wind-heat and improve vision.

4.Used together with coptis to clear the intestines, harmonize the interior, and stop diarrhea.

Dosage and Administration:

Orally: Decoction, 3-9 grams; or in pill form. Externally: As needed, decocted for washing or applied topically.


Use with caution in cases of spleen and stomach deficiency and aversion to cold. Not suitable for women during menstruation or those with gastrointestinal problems.

Processing Method:

Remove impurities, dry in the shade, and set aside.

Physiological Characteristics:

It commonly grows in valleys, streamside mixed forests, or shrubs at an altitude of 400-800 meters. It has a wide adaptability and strong resistance, with developed roots and rapid growth. It prefers warmth and moisture, sunlight but not waterlogging. It is suitable for planting in deep, fertile, and moist sandy loam soil with good drainage and a pH value of 5.5-6.5, rich in humus. It thrives in ecological conditions with an average annual temperature above 10°C, an accumulated temperature of 4500°C or more above 10°C, and an average minimum absolute temperature not lower than -10°C. It grows in environments with rainfall above 1500mm and relative humidity above 80%. The environmental conditions required for the growth of Ilex kudingcha, including temperature, light, and air humidity, can be achieved in protected environments. Therefore, it is believed that Ilex kudingcha can be ecologically cultivated in protected areas in northern China. In the spring of 1999, large-leafed Ilex cornuta was introduced from Chengmai Wanchang Kuding Tea Farm in Hainan Province for greenhouse cultivation. It has been more than 23 years since then, and it has achieved significant economic and ecological benefits, while also accumulating certain cultivation experience.


It is mainly distributed in Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, and other provinces in China.


Why it is called as Kuding tea?

The leaves of the kuding plant are twisted by hand to form as a long spike shape, plus the tea liquid is quite bitter, so it is called based on its taste and its appearance.  

Kuding tea’s traditional making process

The Kuding tea is made from the leaves of Ilex latifolia trees, whose leaves are long, narrow and have a rubbery texture. The trees can grow for several hundred years and the trees are mainly grown in Central, Southern China, and some parts of Vietnam. In China, Daxin county in Guangxi province of southwestern China is the main production center for these Kuding tea.

  • First, pick the fresh leaves

  • Then, withering indoor

  • Third, killing the enzyme by wok

  • Forth, rolling and twisting 2-4 leaves by hand to make long spike shape.

  • Fifth: baking to lower down its interior moisture to 3-5%

  • Kuding tea’ traditional making process is extremely quite similar to green tea making process.


Health benefits of Kuding tea

There are many health benefits for Kuding tea, since it has been used as traditional Chinese medicine in China since 1765 and was earlier called Dong Qing(冬青); Based on current Chinese clinical research and lab analysis, Kuding tea contains Kuding soponins, amino acids, vitamin C, Polyphenols, Flavonoids, proteins and so on.

Kuding tea has the traditional function to disperse body interior heat, calm down the headache, clear eyes, and resolve toxin. Besides of these, now more and more clinical research shows Kuding tea can lower down blood pressure, reduce the risk of diabetes, help weight-loss, and anti-cancer as well.

It is widely used to reduce blood pressure and helps in weight loss, mainly reducing retention of water by the body. It improves the blood circulation, removes toxins from the body as it has antioxidants and also helps in digestion of food. The tea is used for improving concentration while working and memory, so boosting productivity. Some people are using the tea for treating various ailments like cold, fever and headache. Respiratory tract illnesses like bronchitis, sinuses can also be treated using kuding cha. However, it is recommended that the person consuming the tea, should consult a doctor if he or she has a medical problem like low blood pressure, is undergoing a surgery.

Does Kuding tea have caffeine?

No, Kuding tea is herbal tea, and does not belong to Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Ktze type. Hence, it does not contain any caffeine, tea polyphenols.

About our Kuding tea

Our company has over 15 years of tea manufacture and export. All of our Kuding tea are from our cooperated tea farmers in Guangxi province.

There are some primary competitive advantages of our company's kuding tea:

1. Basic Advantage: We have our own tea plantation base, which has a competitive price, for bigger quantity, the price can be more lowered;

2. Quality Control: Experienced QC Team always strictly check the products before packing, ensure to deliver the high-quality products to clients;

3. Logo and Package: OEM & ODM package and customized logo;

We are the professional supplier of kuding tea. If you want to buy kuding tea for wholesale or retail, pls contact us directly.




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Our sales team can provide professional tea product knowledge of introduction, profound market analysis, hot-selling products recommendation, package solutions, new products notices, and complete after-sales service such as videos of packing products and timely updating logistics notice, etc.


About Us

Guangzhou Runming Tea Company focuses on manufacturing and exporting EU&USDA organic-certified teas, EU standard Chinese speciality teas and special Chinese Kongfu teawares.

Having our own tea plantation bases and preliminary factories in the famous tea-growing areas in China, we strictly control over every tea-making process to guarantee our Maocha’s quality, taste, aroma & appearance.

Besides, we also have our own high sanitation, traceable tea refined factory in Guangzhou, including the packing workshop, pyramid tea bag OEM workshop, Matcha To Go OEM workshop, etc. For the health of human, we always advocate organic life attitude, and devote to be the advocator and leader of organic teas.

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