"Enthusiasts hailed it as a panacia, claiming it to be beneficial for complaints as varied as headache, lassituded, fevers, colds, dropsy, scurvy and the dreadful-sounding ‘Lipitude Distillations’. Sceptics, however, gave more credence to a rumour originating in Germany that habitual tea-drinking was the cause of the supposedly desiccated and yellow appearance of the Chinese." [cite], Tea Time 8.