Kombucha was known as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.). The mystical drink was long a part of the ancient philosophy of Zen, esteemed for its harmonising effect on the body and soul. The symbol of Zen, the archer, embodies the absolute concentration on body, mind and soul – the moment of perfect harmony. Only when all senses are directed toward a single goal is one capable of the greatest acts, according to the ancient teaching. And this complete harmony itself is also frequently ascribed to Kombucha by the Zen masters.