Tea is very popular for its medicinal purposes and as a refreshing beverage. Nowadays, tea is is used in ice cream flavorings and is even made into cakes. There are many sources of tea, mostly from leaves and some from tea barks. The list of teas and their medicinal values goes on and on but the banaba tea has been an object of study by the Japanese for the past years. The tea, according to them, is doing wonders to Diabetes. A Japanese friend of my mom's confirms that his Diabetes was gone after taking banaba tea for a year. He replaced his regular intake of 8 to 10 glasses of water with this wonder tea.