Feb 08, 2012 - 2:21 pm
Gynostemma pentaphyllum, also called jiaogulan (Chinese: 绞股蓝; pinyin: jiǎogǔlán, literally "twisting-vine orchid") is an herbaceous vine of the family Cucurbitaceae (cu***ber or gourd family) indigenous to the southern reaches of China, northern Vietnam, southern Korea, and Japan. Jiaogulan is best known as an herbal medicine reputed to have powerful antioxidant and adaptogenic effects purported to increase longevity. Clinical research has indicated a number of therapeutic qualities of Jiaogulan, such as lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure, strengthening immunity, and inhibiting cancer growth.
My acupuncturist introduced me to this recently. She had teabags for sampling. I tried and it is very nice brew - slightly sweet. She recommends as substitute for green tea because of the caffeine that green tea has. She told me "Just 2 shots of caffeine a day!"
My husband is a worry wort and looked up contraindications. It is not advised to take the herb with aspirin since they both thin the blood.
I am just going to drink this whenever I want a cup of tea - not necessarily looking for medicinal benefits - but it does seem to be healthy and Acupuncture Today publication wrote favorable article.
Let me know what you think. Mary Ann