Jiaogulan (Gynostemma)

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A premium loose Jiao Gu Lan (Gynostemma) made using the method traditionally used for processing Tie Guan Yin Oolong tea.
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Botanic name:

Gynostemma Pentaphyllum

Other names:

Jiao Gu Lan, 5-leaf ginseng, Southern ginseng, miracle grass, fairy herb, sweet tea vine, gospel herb.

Jiao Gu Lan is a plant grown in the wild in various countries in Asia.  It was first recorded in a Chinese herbal book called ‘Famine Saving Herbs’ at around 1406 (Ming Dynasty) as a food replacement during times of famine.  Jiao Gu Lan has since been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat many health conditions.
During recent years, many scientists around the world have studied and identified various active pharmaceutical compounds (gypenosides) believed to have contributed to Jiao Gu Lan’s health benefits.

Health benefits:

Jiao Gu Lan has been called the ‘herb of immortality’ in China. There are books systematically describing its various medical uses, summarised as follow:

  1. Anti-inflammatory 
  2. Treatment for respiratory conditions
  3. Treatment for infectious hepatitis
  4. Anti-cancer
  5. Anti-ulcers and strengthening digestive system
  6. Reducing blood cholesterol levels & preventing cardiovascular diseases
  7. Enhancing the body’s immune system

Apart from the above mentioned medical functions, many people are using the herb as an infusion and beverage for its more general benefits such as:

  1. Detox
  2. Slimming and prevention of high cholesterol & blood pressure
  3. Anti-anxiety,  making a great calming and soothing cuppa before bed time
  4. Strength and endurance booster  (it has been demonstrated in the laboratory that Jiao Gu Lan fed mice not only swam for longer distance, but also recovered much faster from the exertion  after)
  5. Skin care as a result of its cell rejuvenating effect

Most of the above health benefits of Jiao Gu Lan can be explained by its two most powerful therapeutic natures:

  1. An adaptogen: adaptogen is defined as ‘a herbal product that is thought to increase resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue, without or has minimum side effects.’
  2. An antioxidant: “An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions.” (Wkipedia)

(Technically, adaptogens include antioxidants, but not all antioxidants are adpatogens.)

What is worthwhile mentioning here is that not only does Jiao Gu Lan meet all the criteria of being a natural adaptogen, but the toxicity study of Jiao-Gu-Lan by some Japanese scientists showed almost zero level of toxicity.

This premium loose Jiao Gu Lan is made by only premium Jiao Gu Lan full leaves, using the traditional method for processing premium Tie Guan Yin Oolong tea. It has a light roast yet sweet taste.

Preparation guide for loose Jiao Gu Lan:

  1. ½ tea spoon of the tea leaves for one person or 1-2 tea spoons for a pot depending on the strength of tea preferred
  2. Add some hot water to the tea vessel (enough to cover all tea leaves and a bit more) and dispose the liquid after about 5 seconds (rinse the tea leaves)
  3. Add freshly boiled water start brewing for about 20-30 seconds before serving
  4. The leaves can be used repeatedly for up to 3 times by repeating the last step, increase brewing time for about 10 second with each additional brew.

Caution: 

This herbal is not recommended for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding periods, based on the principle of drug free pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Packaging:  

Jiaogulan herbal is packaged in 50g and 100g.



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