Updated: 01/10/2018

Cho Wa Review - 6 Things You Need to Know


No joke – over 50% of diet products simply don’t work. So what about Cho Wa? We looked closely at the ingredients, side effects, clinical studies, and customer service. We also examined hundreds of reviews and comments. Then, we condensed and refined everything here so you could get the bottom line.

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What is Cho Wa?

Firstly, this is an immune boosting drink. Cho Wa ingredients include green tea, rhodiola, ginkgo, epimedium, astragalus root, lyceum, euphoria fruit, licorice fruit, shiitake, reishi, and maitake. According to the box, one packet is a serving. We expect you mix it with water or a low-calorie juice for best results.

Cho Wa is manufactured by Kumato Labs, a company based in Signal Hills, California. It is supposed to bring traditional Japanese medicine to the rest of the world. We like that it is all natural, and based in the USA, but read on…

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Side Effects – “Watch Out”

The first thing we noticed was reports of Cho Wa side effects. “What people need to realize is that all natural doesn’t always mean safe. Products like this can still cause issues,” said our Research Editor.

”Each time I felt very jittery, heart pounding, stomach ache, diarrhea for several hours afterward, and an overall feeling of weakness,” said one user.

”Both my husband and I had allergy issues with the product. We were having to take our allergy medicine everyday when we normally do not have to,” offered a customer.

Others had no issues with side effects.

“I begin my day with it every morning and I’ve noticed increased energy & a marked reduction in allergy symptoms. As well, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my breathing,” suggested a dieter.

“I really like this tea. I usually drink coffee every morning, but since I have gotten this, I drink this and don’t want coffee. I also do feel that it makes me calmer,” said another.

Poor Customer Service – “Rude!”

There were multiple complaints about customer service issues, which is not something a dieter wants to deal with when they pay good money for a product.

”Really poor customer service. I did further research and discovered there’s been some complaints to the FDA about the product,” said a customer.

”When I called and spoke to customer service, they couldn’t tell me how much caffeine was in the formula and weren’t nice about it,” claimed another.

Others had pleasant experiences.

“Dealing with customer service was nice and easy,” a review shared.

“I had an issue with my order and it was resolved in my favor quickly,” as another put it.

Over the years, we’ve learned it only takes one small thing, like poor support, to turn customers away. If there are side effects, or they have to deal with rude agents, they’ll move on to the competition to get what they are looking for.

The Science – “A Little”

This product contains green tea, which is clinically tested and shown to support good results with weight-loss. But, you can get that from your local grocery store for much cheaper than a box of these tea bags. Also, it’s difficult to get the amount you need with a cup or two a day. Supplements may be a far better option because the ingredients are concentrated.

At DietSpotlight, we want to see science before we can recommend any product, but we also want to know it’s a value to our readers.

What Users Are Saying

"”This product outperformed itself! I had more energy all day long, also noticed a difference in mental acuity.”"

"”I ordered a total of six 30 day supply ,I recieved only three. I have followed up with emails, phone calls,to date the only response I’ve recieved is we are running behind…Issue was finally resolved.”"

"”Did absolutely nothing. Waste of money. And bad tasting, to boot.”"

The Bottom Line – Does Cho Wa Work?

Do I need to start drinking Cho Wa right now? Green tea is a good ingredient, but the others in the formula are just not supported with the same clinical research. We also have to take the reports of poor customer service into consideration. These factors alone leave us with reservations.

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What are the ingredients in Cho Wa?

Cho Wa contains green tea, ginkgo, rhodiola, epimedium, astragalus root, lyceum, euphoria fruit, licorice fruit, shiitake, maitake, and reishi.

What are the side effects of Cho Wa?

Side effects of Cho Wa are known to include, jitters, headaches, stomach discomfort, dizziness, nausea, and heart palpitations.

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Does Cho Wa work?

Yes. There are a large number of positive reviews for this product where customer’s have seen results after taking Cho Wa.

What is the price of Cho Wa?

Cho Wa is priced at $59.95

Where can I buy Cho Wa?

Cho Wa can be purchased at www.cho-wa.com

How should I take Cho Wa?

Take one packet a day as needed.

How do I contact Cho Wa customer service?

Cho Wa customer care can be reached by phone at 800.882.0565

Can I return Cho Wa?

Yes. If you are for any reason unsatisfied with Cho Wa, there is a 100% money back guarantee.

What are the most common complaints about Cho Wa?

The most common complaints about Cho Wa are in regards to symptoms of bodily jitters


Previous Cho Wa Review (Updated February 25, 2010):

What You Should Know

Cho Wa is a green tea that is manufactured by Kumato Labs. Kumato Labs is based in Signal Hills, CA. Kumato Labs was founded by Dr. Kumato to bring the traditional Japanese remedies to the rest of the world. Cho Wa tea is a special formula said to have originated in Japan centuries ago when it was only available to the Shogun. The story of the product’s origination states that Dr. Kumato visited the Sensei healer on the mountain for years before he was able to get the formula for the Sensei’s miraculous tea. Stories on a third party website talk about the amazing healing properties of this tea.


Cho Wa contains green tea, rhodiola, ginkgo, epimedium, astragalus root, lyceum, euphoria fruit, licorice fruit, shiitake, reishi, and maitake.

Product Features

Cho Wa tea contains green tea, which is said to have a many health benefits, including protecting the body from disease, enhancing the immune system, and assisting with optimal organ function. It is said to increase metabolism, assisting consumers in losing weight, and reducing the effects of LDL cholesterol. Rhodiola is said to improve a consumer’s mood, curb depression, and improves physical and mental performance. Ginkgo improves blood flow to organs and tissues, protects against cell damage, and blocks the effect of clotting disorders. It is also said to help with memory. Astragalus root is said to be a specific immune enhancer, and has been specifically used in cancer patients. Lyceum is said to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Euphoria fruit contains large amounts of Vitamin A and C, iron and potassium. Licorice fruit is an expectorant. Shiitake, reishi, and maitake are mushrooms which are all used to enhance the immune functions of the body.


  • Cho Wa tea is made of all natural ingredients.
  • Cho Wa tea can be ordered directly from the manufacturer or third party distributor websites.


  • Cho Wa’s manufacturer website has limited information concerning the product.
  • Cho Wa does not have clinical trial information available.
  • Cho Was contains caffeine which can have side effects, including increased heart rate.


Cho Wa tea has many reported health benefits, including weight loss, immunity support and disease fighting, which may be beneficial to a consumer. Cho Wa tea is said to be a centuries old formula and has many documented stories of miraculous healing. One cup of tea per day is the recommended dose for full health benefits. The green tea in Cho Wa contains caffeine, which can have side effects such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and jitters. A consumer should not drink Cho Wa before bed if they have those effects from caffeine. The corporate website for Cho Wa does not contain product information and does not contain clinical trial information proving the effectiveness of the product. The website does, however, contain customer testimonials. Cho Wa tea is marketed as a health and nutritional supplement, not a weight loss product. Consumers looking for a weight loss supplement should look for one with a fat burner and an appetite suppressant. The combination of this supplement plus sensible diet and exercise will provide the best results to a consumer. This product should have a dedicated website with clinical trials proving the product’s effectiveness.
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41 Cho Wa Reviews

  •  Great for immune system
    Nancy (Verified User)

    I’ve been drinking this tea for over a year. Before Cho-Wa I had pretty constant chest congestion, coughs, and fatigue. In the last year I have been consistently health – at 77

  • Looking for decaf form product
    Adriana Dean

    Does this product come in a decaf form? Also will it interfere with any prescription drugs?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Adriana! Because of possible interactions with medications, please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product and for product details, please refer to the Cho Wa official website for more information.

  • Will this help with my diabetes
    larry kelley

    Wiull this product help with my type 2 diabetes?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Larry! Because of possible interactions with type 2 diabetes, please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product.

  • Disease
    Waltraud Chaney

    Would cho wa be helpful for Ménière’s disease ?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Waltraud! Because of possible interactions with type 2 diabetes, please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product.

  • How does you product come? liquid or capsul.
    ;im Blodgett

    How does you product come? Tea bad form, liquid or capsul.

    • B. Dalk

      It comes in a packet in powder form. If you have access to water, a spoon or fork and a glass you can make it yourself. I prefer warm water myself.

  • Would this help my mood swings?

    I take supplements – more than most people – and I have pretty good health, however, I still get moody sometimes. Will Cho-wa help these mood swings?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hello. All users are different and can experience different results; please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product.

  • morris skare

    I have a short term memory problem I am 72 years old will this tea help my problem?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Morris ! Please make sure to consult with your physician before starting a new product.

  • Don't want to have caffeine
    Adriana Dean

    I cannot have anything with caffeine in it. Does it come in a decaf form? If it does I’m ready to try it. Also will it interfere with any prescription drugs?

  • Would this interfere my medication?
    ellen hesselink

    I cannot tolerate caffiene. I drink decaf. I there a decaf form for this tea and will it interfere with my blood pressure medicine?

  • maximum Benefits to somebody
    Howard Beckenhauer

    am looking for somebodies input regarding best time of day to drink cho-wa for maximum benefits?

    • Shane

      I have been taking Cho-wa for couple years now. To me the best time to take it is first thing in the morning. I have and its a great way to start the day. But if it’s an off day where I just don’t feel at my beat I’ll have a cup and it Def helps my day get better. I highly recommend this product!! specially if you have anxiety

    • YourRay Moon Name

      Cho Wa is an excellent source of natural immune ingredients. In the beginning I took it in the morning on awakening and in the evening at supper time..

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Howard! For detailed usage instructions, please refer to the Cho Wa official website for more information.


    I would like to try it

  • tyra

    I used this product years ago I would like to order some more of this cho wah tea

  •  I feel it is a magical drink.

    I had been going to doctors practically every day…..so much pain in mr left arm and back of my neck, left right shoulder, and right thigh. They set me up for surgery. I was in so much pain; my husband gave me a cup of SHO-WA to drink. The doctor’s are smazed….because, before I finished drinking the tea, I had no more pain anywhere. That was eleven months ago. I was taking it every day, down to twice a week now, because it s so expensive. I still can’t believe that it worked so fast or me. I feel it is a magical drink. I thank GOD for the people who made this drink.

  • where the company is getting herbs to make Cho-Wa supplement?
    Natalya Ditter

    My husband and I still have a few boxes of Cho-Wa left. I called several times and asked customer service representative where the company buys herbs to make this supplement. No one could answer this question, then I asked to speak with a manager in hope maybe he can answer this question: he was extremely rude, said exactly this:” no one will tell you where ingredients come from, they are not coming from Japan”. That was negative answer and totally unprofessional. Due to the fact that this nuclear tragedy happened in Japan, radiation is still leaking into the ocean and can be anywhere therefore it is only natural that the customer wants to know if Cho-Wa supplement is not polluted with radiation if ingredients are coming from Japan. If they are not, then why no one could answer a question where the company is getting herbs to make Cho-Wa supplement?

  • Questions about safety and ingredients
    ellen hesselink

    this is the last time I am going to type this question out, have done it three times now. I cannot tolerate caffiene. Is there a decaf form for this tea. Will it interefere with my blood pressure medicine>

  • Need more product information
    ellen hesselink

    I have the same question. I cannot tolerate caffiene — I can drink decaf coffee. Also, does it come in decaf form and will it interfere with my blood pressure prescription drugs>

  •  This has changed my life
    KEVIN (Verified User)

    this is for you and everyone reading this. most diseases can be reversed by fresh ginger carrot and especially green juiced vegetables daily. buy a juicer and get started . and drink the cho-wa tea with every fresh glass of juice you drink, wow has this changed my life fast, also watch FAT SICK AND NEARLY DEAD.

  • Want to know side effects
    fivia bagh (Verified User)

    I also was introduces to chow to my 84 years old lady neighbor,she said it works for her miracle,she is function well ,for 3 years.anyway she give me a box of chowa,and I am an my 3 pack,such I see the diff. In my moods,mental and Less appetite.I am planning to order more.my question I have diabetes type2 , is interfering with any med.and also thyroid med.?

    • Sabine

      My experience has been that it stimulates the thyroid. So I needed less thyroid medication. You may have to adjust yours accordingly.

  • Alternative supplements to take

    so, how are pharmaceutical meds impacted by cho-wa? I have diabetes/high bp/cholesterol meds that I take daily. Can I consume cho-wa in combination with these meds? What other supplements/vitamins am I able to take? Leutein? Boswellia? vit D, B-12, C, A, E, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium?

  •  feeling crappy
    Bill (Verified User)

    I have been taking cho-wa off and on for about 4mos. If i wake up feeling crappy, it changes the way i feel quite rapidly if i sit and sip it for 15minutes as the instructions say. It is a sutble feeling and is more pronounced on some occasions than others. I dont believe it is a typical green tea caffeine rush. There is something else going on here which i believe has something to do with the synergy of the herbs involved. I also regret there is no studies on it as i feel it has a unique effect i have not felt with anything else. I am very familiar with other herbal stimulants and this cho wa is in another category. I think the book is still open on it and i am curious as to the long term effects, as i am very familiar with the short term effects.I think it can help get one through periods of depression if that is how one wants to do it. I seem to keep ordering more even when a part of me says i dont need it. Maybe i am addicted to that warm glow it sometimes gives that can change your whole energy quality. All in all i am still experimenting with it.

  • what have you got to lose
    B. Dalk (Verified User)

    I am a consumer and believer in the Cho-Wa product. I was given a packet(powder in a foil packet) and went home and made it in a glass of water, 6oz. , then drank it. Since I am normally active with lots of energy, I did not notice and increase in energy. However I do believe it does keep me motivated and my mood seems upbeat. What I have noticed is a slimmer waist line and my skin irritations are becoming smaller or all togehter gone. The story behind the product is quite remarkable and it would be hard to reproduce such testimonials. My theory, one packet a day and the cost of about a buck and a half is a great insurance program at a fraction of what health insurance costs. I don’t have to pay a co-pay, pay for office visits, or expose myself to a health care system bent on manufactured in the lab chemicals.. Healthy natural products are the way to go in my book. I also drink Kombucha for its many benefits, take coral calcium and vegetarian omega fats. You never hear of these because the drug companies cannot make a dime on them, yet they work for me. I am not anti drug companies, I am pro health. My question to the obese and overweight and heavy set and “damn” sized people, what have you got to lose.

  • product good true or fault
    Dorothy Rrenolds

    chowa herbal tea is this product good true or faults?.

  • If caffiene gives me the jitters and won't let me sleep would this product be for me.
    Diane Dillingham

    If caffiene gives me the jitters and won’t let me sleep would this product be for me.

  • What is the suggested daily usage of this tea?

    What good does it do to have a section that says, ”
    Have a comment or question about Cho Wa?”, when there is no one answering the questions? I have a question: What is the suggested daily usage of this tea? I would like to figure out how much it costs per serving, and if it will cost two arms and two legs to use this product. These are all chinese herbs that are sold in Asian markets-most of them are adaptogens–which will help improve the overall condition of the body.

    • Aimee

      One box contains 30 packets. I take one a day (in the morning), but my grandmother drinks 2 a day. I love the boost in energy and concentration I get. And I didn’t get my usual fall “cold” this year with the rest of my family. I’ve only been drinking it 3 months but I really enjoy it. My grandmother’s arthritis doesn’t hurt as bad and she says her memory has improved.

  •  I think that is special
    Geraldine Fortin (Verified User)

    I’ve been personally using Cho Wa for just shy of 3 years now (1 month shy). I found immediately in the beginning that it lessened my intense arthritic pain. It still does. But I’ve found also that it increases energy – I always take it first thing in the morning for that reason. It seems to work very much like an adaptogen – it balances my pH regardless of what I’ve eaten. While it’s not a miracle cure for all ailments for me it has definitely been very helpful – my hip has still not been replaced and I walk 2 and a half miles every day with the aid of only a cane, my eyesight has steadily improved, I no longer use asthma medications, my blood pressure and pulse rates are currently grand – no more atrial fibrillation attacks, my hair seems to be getting more brown (very slowly), I have no need of any other medications, and at the age of 74 – close to 75 – I think that is special. It is my desire to continue Cho Wa for the rest of my days.

    • Ginger Smith

      I am writing for my mom who is interested in buying this product. She has tried other products that turned out not to be as they seem and she has spent a lot of money. She wants to know if your claims are real. She’s 76 yrs. old and it is alot of money to spend for something that you are not sure of. Can you please write her something to reassure her> Her name is Ginger Smith. Thank you very much.

  • Will Cho-wa help my health problems?

    i have problems nervousness,i can’t sleep, i feel weak, and my muscles are shaking. it’s like there is air trap on my throat, this makes me feel nervous if i can’t burp.i feel like there is phlem on my lungs and it’s like i have asthma sometimes. i can’t afford to go to the doctor cause i dont have insurance.my question is if i will take Cho-wa will it help my health problems?and how many cup of Cho-wa should i take everyday?

    • Dick

      with the symptoms you state I think you need a blood thinner, which can be had by taking an asperin each morning.

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Mary,
      It sounds like you have allergies towards dairy products, you can verify this by eliminating all dairy (especially all cheese and milk for 3 weeks, if symptoms go away, for sure it is allergies, stay away from dairy.

    • Joe

      Try a tablespoon of Bragg organic apple cider vinegar 2x/day. It’ll help clean ya out. Tasty too. Or mix it with water.