Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Gynostemma, or Jiaogulan)
Gynostemma or Jiaogulan, is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, also known also as the "Herb of Immortality" and "Blue Ginseng". An amazingly potent adaptogen, gynostemma contains many compounds including ginsenosides and gypenosides saponins, similar or identical to those compounds found in panax ginseng, but in significantly higher amounts.
These compounds have many regulatory effects on the various systems of the body, and it is a highly valued herb for longevity. Gynostemma gained popularity and renown in this regard, owing to a study done in a Chinese province which had a high percentile of centenarians (those living to 100 years old or more). The study found that in this province, the people regularly drank gynostemma tea instead of green tea. The study indicated that the consumption of gynostemma might have a considerable effect on the longevity of the people within that province. This may be due to the effect that gynostemma has on telomerase production in the body, which helps increase telomere length, and protect the chromosomes from damage and degradation due to oxidative stress.
Gynostemma is a truly astounding herbal medicinal with a laundry list of benefits. It is known to have neuroprotective effects, fight negative stress in the body, reduce allergy symptoms. Gynostemma supports heart health and circulation, and regulation of the microbiome of the gut, it protects the liver, and helps to diminish headaches and migraines. It can also help relieve insomnia, reduce symptoms of depression, and fight many types of cancers. As if that weren't all enough, it is also shown to reduce insulin sensitivity in diabetics, and support loss of excess fat when combined with diet and exercise.
Our Gynostemma Spagyric is a potent concentration, requiring only 5-7 drops for a full medicinal dose. Add drops to a little bit of water, or a cup of tea, or take directly in the mouth.
Not recommended for those who are pregnant or nursing, hemophiliacs, or those getting ready for surgery, as gynostemma slows the clotting of blood.
Planetary Ruler: Sun, Jupiter
Energetics: sweet, bitter, neutral, warm
Meridians/Organs: kidney, liver, heart, spleen
Part used: leaves
Active constituents: gypenosides, ginsenosides, phytosterols, saponins, flavonoids, polyphenols
Properties: adaptogenic, alterative, antimutagenic, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, carminitive, cardiac tonic, demulcent, prophylactic, vulnerary