Gynostemma or Jiaogulan which is also known as the adaptogen is an herb reputed to be helpful in maintaining the optimal homeostasis of the body. Gynostemma is a green fine-leafed herb popular as a legendary infused “immortality tea” founded in the highlands of southern China. In this location, the plant grows naturally wild, and people from this place have been reported to live healthily and have long lives from daily consumption of Gynostemma tea. Because this herb is remotely used, it has been introduced into the Chinese herbal system recently and has become a famous hot tea people drink in Asia for its anti-fatigue and energizing effects.Read More →

Jiaogulan plant has been consumed as tea for hundreds of years in Southern China and adjacent regions and was first documented in 1406 AD during the Ming Dynasty by prince Zhu Xiao/Su. In his book “Materia Medica for Famine,” Prince Zhu Xiao/Su first described Jiaogulan as a plant that was intended for food consumption during periods of famine and not for medical treatment. This notion was later on altered in 1578 by Li Shi Zhen in his “Compendium of Materia Medica,” which was the very first comprehensive compilation of plants and animals that were believed to have medicinal value in traditional Chinese medicine. Jiaogulan asRead More →

A comparative study of the effects and side-effects of caffeine and Gynostemma Pentaphyllum (jiaogulan) would surely put to rest the ongoing debate on which is better between the two. Here are some salient points of comparison between caffeine and Gynostemma that you should take note: As an Antioxidant: Caffeine is the number one source of antioxidants for Americans, while Gynostemma appears to be the main source of antioxidants for many people in the East. Antioxidants are bodily molecules that prevent oxidation of other bodily molecules. Oxidation produces free radicals that could damage cells. Caffeine, as an antioxidant, is known to protect against liver cirrhosis, colonRead More →