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. It always used as an alternative to caffeinated teas.
Gynostemma Plant in Tea
After the Japanese had cultivated a sweet variety of Gynostemma, they then planted it in China. Right now, the most typical Gynostemma tastes the most delicious because of this. But then, there is also wild Gynostemma, which has a pleasant yet smooth bitterness with the long-sweet after-taste. However, the health benefits of Gynostemma are much better than the planted type.
The supreme life-giving attribute lies in the Gynostemma wide-spectrum adaptogenic quality. It can put the body into balance while you are under a series of stressful circumstances.
In 1970’s, while Gynostemma was being analyzed as a potential natural sugar substitute since it has a naturally sweet taste, it occurred that its high saponin content was noted to be comparable to the essential active ingredients present in the ginseng roots. It contained Jiaogulan specific Gypenoside compounds same as the ginsenosides in the ginseng, but in much more significant numbers. It’s popularly known as the “southern ginseng” because of its distinct feature.
Like other herbs from China, Jiaogulan is taken as an adaptogen because it can infect immune functions, at the same time offer protective effects against several stress factors which often compromise long-term health. Day-to-day use of these adaptogenic herbs, such as Gynostemma is not toxic to the body and aid in enhancing the ability of a person to build resistance for trauma, fatigue, and anxiety when consumed on a daily basis.
How to take Gynostemma tea
Although Gynostemma plant is mostly consumed in the form of tea because it is delicious flavor, it can as well be consumed in the form of encapsulated hot water extract and sometimes as an alcohol tincture. It is also very safe to drink and especially best for stress management, mental exertion or over-work, and exhaustion.
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Gynostemma leaf is characterized by both bitter and cool properties which are of benefit to the lung as well as the heart. The plant is believed to offer effects which reduce inflammation, wash the lungs and help in building adaptive energy.
This herb is touted for longevity and youthfulness, but these two have not been explored. Furthermore, its anti-cancer effects are still being examined and are in the beginning stages of research. Even so, the results seem to be similar in some ways; there is a compound in the Gypenoside fragment which may be inducing p53, a tumor suppressor gene since the events associated with p53 activity have repeatedly been noted.