Added on 11 October, 2012 – Please read my review of this tea here ===> “My Review Of The Jiaogulan Tea – It Can Really Help You To Lose Weight, Improve Complexion, Age Gracefully, Relax, Strengthen Body, Enhance Body Immunity/Health, Remove Peri/Menopause Effects, Restore Good Sleep, Give Energy!”
Hi there, dear friends
Among all the herbs I had came across todate, this one impresses me the most!
For the past few years, whenever anyone in my family complained of not sleeping well, I would go to my local Chinese Medicine Shop and get this dried tea. It was recommended by that shop’s boss and I always forgot the name of the tea leaves or herb because he only gave me its Chinese name.
It was only last week when he gave me a few free satchets of that tea that I found out its name in English, and I could easily go look up the herb’s health benefits on the Internet…..and wow, what I found out really amazed and impressed me to no end!This is certainly one miracle herbal tea indeed!
I stopped whatever herbal teas I was on before and I am now taking just the Jiaogulan Tea to test it out (please read my long-winded feedback in the comments box # 4 below). My youngest son who had complained of not sleeping well … well, he now sleeps like a log, has more energy and can concentrate more on preparing for his exams!
History of Jiaogulan Tea
Back in the 70′s, the Chinese government asked their scientists to look into people living in the small mountains provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi and Sichuan (Southern China region), whereby it was found that there was a higher rate of centagenarians (people aged over 100 years) there. Not only were the residents living to a very ripe old age, but they were in very good health. Incidences were very low for the usual aging health ailments like Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer!
After 10 years of research, the scientists found that the villagers had been drinking a tea made from the leaves of a vine plant called “Jiaogulan”. They drank the tea a few times daily just because it tasted good and it was naturally sweet. Since then, there have been more research and studies conducted in China, USA, Japan, Germany and India – e.g. there is a PDF format file of the extensive information of Jiaogulan here ===> International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences – Jiaogulan (Gynostemma Pentaphyllum).
The Jiaogulan or Gynostemma Pentaphyllum plant is part of the cucumber plant family and it grows like a vine. The leaves and stems are easily made into a tea by pouring some boiling water over them, steeping for 2-3 minutes and then drank during the day. The longer the tea is brewed, the sweeter its taste. I have found its taste to be similar to ginseng.
Jiaogulan is found to be safe to drink and there is no adverse overdosing or side effects. It is recommended that one drinks 2 to 3 cups of Jiaogulan tea a day.
The many wonderful health benefits of Jiaogulan ==>
The simple Jiaogulan herb has the amazing properties as an antioxidant, immunomodulator, adaptogen, anti-cancer, neuroprotective, nootropic, and hepatoprotective. Listed below are its health benefits :-
a) it’s a cheap substitute for ginseng
Jiaogulan has 85 saponins (called gypenosides), out of which 4 are identical to ginseng’s, but are four (4) times as concentrated as ginseng, which has 25 saponins. You know the goodness of ginseng – it gives one energy and vitality, without the effects of caffeine. Ginseng also promotes longevity and is good for our heart, adrenal cortex and general wellbeing.
The high numbers of gypenosides may account for a stronger regulatory effect on a number of our systems, like blood pressure, reproductive system, digestive system, immune system, and more.
b) it’s an adaptogenic herb, good for stress
An adaptogen is a metabolic regulator that helps us to adapt quickly and well to the environmental factors around us, such as anxiety, stress, aging or injury. It helps us to counteract and or prevent disturbances to homeostasis due to those stressors. The hallmark of an adaptogen is its ability to assist and promote the absorption of nutrients for a malnourished person. Hence, if there are people who have been ill and are recuperating, this would be a good tea to regain their nutrients and health, as well as their energy and wellbeing levels.
It is also good in regulating the hormonal systems of both men and women, especially in times of stress.
c) high in anti-oxidants
Being high in anti-oxidants, the Jiaogulan tea promotes anti-aging, and helps to prevent cancer by contributing to the repair of our cells, preventing DNA destruction that results in cell mutation (and cancer), i.e. it keeps free radicals from destroying our cells.
d) lower high cholesterol
Jiaogulan has been found to be effective in managing our good and bad cholesterol levels by regulating serum cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol).
e) high blood pressure
This herb can help to regulate blood pressure levels by improving the metabolic functions of our heart (through proper diastolic and systolic actions), as well as ensuring that our coronary blood vessels are relaxed with the release of nitric oxide in the body.
f) it promotes good, restful sleep
When we don’t sleep deeply and well at night, many of our functions the following day are often impaired. This tea helps to promote good, restful sleep and therefore, it helps to counter insomnia or restless sleep. Despite it being “energy giving”, drinking a cup of the tea right before bedtime does not disturb its ability to give us a good night’s sleep.
g) good energy and vitality
Due to its ginseng-like properties, one gets energised and have more vitality to carry out the day’s functions. This tea is safer to consume compared to coffee or tea, which has caffeine and tannin that will give us an energy high for a while, but will lead to a caffeine crash and we will feel tired again.
h) good for anti-aging
This is a good tea for people who are getting on in years, when their energy levels, vitality levels, and health are affected.
i) good to help go through perimenopause and menopause
Because of its many good health benefits mentioned above, if one is going through perimenopause or menopause, this tea will definitely help to ease the hormonal effects that women go through for years. We will regain our energy levels, calmness, good sleep, good health and outlook of life!
j) rest where rest is needed, energy where energy is needed
Because of its good adaptogenic qualities, when one needs to rest, the tea will help her rest. For example, my eldest son had finished his semester exam recently and he was spending his holiday week being a bum – sleeping more than 12 hours at night and playing computer games the whole day!
When I gave him the Jiaogulan tea to drink, he couldn’t sleep longer than 8 hours and had to get out of bed because he was wide awake by then and he just couldn’t go back to sleep then!
In my case, I often lack energy due to my perimenopause, but when I drank this tea, it gave me the energy that I sorely needed to do my chores. Amazing!
k) good for digestion and losing weight
As the gypenosides help to regulate our digestive systems, our digestion is enhanced greatly with smoother bowel movements/regularity. Combined with the increased activity levels due to increased energy and improved digestion/metabolism systems, extra weight can be lost.
You can read up about the experiences of people whose lives had changed due to the goodness of this tea here ===>Testimonials from doctors had recommended or taken Jiagulan.
1) Do not drink this tea if you are pregnant or nursing!
2) Start drinking this tea on a weekend, just in case you may experience some tiredness on the second day or so after. My second daughter and I felt very sleepy on the second day after drinking the Jiaogulan tea – maybe our body was getting used to the tea.
3) On Day 2, you may experience a runny bowel movement but it is alright, as our body is clearing toxins.
4) Drinking too much Jiaogulan tea at the beginning may cause nausea – so, start with just 1 cup or 2, and preferably after a meal…to prevent nausea.
5) If you feel sleepy after drinking the tea, just have a short nap and your body will be energised after that. When you do some light exercises like walking or doing your chores, your body will feel energised again.
6) Please leave 4 hours apart in between drinking this tea and taking your Western medication, in case there may be any contraindications.
7) It is a blood thinner and therefore, please stop taking this tea at least a week before a scheduled surgery, or inform your doctor if you have a sudden surgery on.
8) Please take this Jiaogulan Tea at your own risk, I will not be held responsible just in case you have any adverse reactions to the tea.
I strongly encourage you to try taking Jiagulan Tea and see for yourself its wonderful health effects. I’m sure you will notice that you will be sleeping better, you have more energy and vitality to face your days, and if you have any health problems…do see if your health will improve.
It’s been a really long post here as I was doing my research in the Internet and condensing the information here to share with you. I will be back tomorrow to post my feedback and experience after drinking the Jiaogulan Tea for 1 week only – you will be impressed with the tea, too!
With best wishes for good health,