Jiaogulan "Herb of Immortality" (2 oz)
Jiaogulan (Latin: Gynostemma Pentaphyllum) is a five-leafed vine in the same family as the cucumber plant (Cucubitaceae). It can grow over 16 feet high and is usually found in Asia; primarily in Japan, Korea and China. In these countries, the leaves of the jiaogulan plant have been consumed, as a tea, for centuries. Residents in the Guangxi and Shicuan provinces called the herb “Xiancao” which translates to “herb of immortality”. There it is well known for its beneficial properties.
In the 1970‘s, during a Chinese census, demographers noted an unusual concentration of centenarians (people greater than 100 years of age) in Guangxi and Shicuan provinces. Investigators found the only common factor, amongst the centenarians, was large daily consumption of tea made from jiaogulan.
During the early 70’s and 80’s a huge resurgence was noted among the Japanese and Chinese, validating the belief in the numerous health benefits of Jiaogulan. Detailed biochemical analyses revealed interesting properties. Jiaogulan contains a high rate of saponins and anti-oxidants. That fact puts the herb in the group of adaptogens.
Usage of Jiaogulan:
Jiaogulan is, first and foremost, a delicious tea that is widely consumed purely for the taste. However, research suggests that it may also be beneficial for reducing high blood pressure, cancer therapy, improving athletic performance, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, insomnia, fatigue and lowering cholesterol.
Our vendor recommends treating Jiaogulan similarly to a high quality green tea, with brewing temperatures between 160 and 175 degrees and steeping times between 2 and 5 minutes. Longer steeping times maximize the extraction of the beneficial saponins and other healthy ingredients.
Please consult with your primary care physician to make sure this herb does not conflict with your current medication regimen. Medications known to be adversely affected by Jiaogulan include, but are not limited to, Immunosuppressant, Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet drugs, any medications that slow clotting, including but not limited to ibuprofen and aspirin. Do not use if you are pregnant, nursing, have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery within a two week period.
I like this herb because of the flavor. I enjoy drinking a cup or two at night before going to bed when I am in the mood for something unique. I do not drink or sell this herb as a medication or herbal supplement. If you have any doubts whatsoever then please do your own research before ordering. This is simply a lovely tisane, not a magic potion.
2 oz loose leaf in a stand up, resealable pouch