In the highlands of Peru, I´ve been drinking a lot of coca tea to help with altitude sickness. I think it has actually helped (though I was told chewing the leaves was more effective).
I´m in Cuzco airport right now waiting for a flight to Arequipa. We just flew in from the jungle, so the altitude is bothering me again. I ordered some mate de coca (this time in a tea bag and not just the leaves). The package lists the ¨properties¨of coca tea:
- Restorative and energetic
- Excellent for diet.
- Anti-diarrheac action
- Acts against fatigue and alitude sickness.
- Relieves tiredness of voice.
- Regulates the metabolism of carbohidrate.
Sounds like the perfect tea, no?