Gynostemma (Jiaogulan) ~ Immortality Tea

Gynostemma (Jiaogulan) ~ Immortality Tea

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Origin: China

  • Sweet
  • Adaptogen
  • Overall Health

Gynostemma pentaphyllum herb tea became popular in the 1970's after a census was conducted in China revealing a high percentage of people living healthy lives of 100 years old. For this reason it is often called as the Immortality Tea.

This group of people were located in isolated highland villages in Southern China. This is a location where the plant naturally grows wild and where people were reported to live healthy long lives from daily consumption. Because of its remote use, it has only been recently introduced into the Chinese herbal system and is now a popular hot tea to drink throughout Asia.

Gynostemma is recognized for its energizing and anti-fatigue effects, often used as a replacement for coffee and caffeinated teas. This Herb contains saponin gypenosides and other constituents that exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune modulating properties.

Gynostemma tea pentaphyllum is recognized for it's medicinal saponin-rich qualities.

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Gynostemma, like many adaptogenic herbs, can help activate biological process, to help calm the body, especially if consumed in the morning for breakfast.

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What is an Adaptogen? 

The term adaptogen has not yet been accepted in medicine. This is probably due to the difficulties in discriminating adaptogenic drugs from immunostimulators, anabolic drugs, nootropic drugs, and tonics. There can be not doubt, however, that, at least in animal experiments, there are plant drugs capable of modulating distinct phases of the adaptation syndrome as defined by Seyle. These drugs either reduce stress reactions in the alarm phase or retard / prevent the exhaustion phase and thus provide a certain degree of protection against long-term stress.

The small number of drugs that have evidence of anti-stress activity are similar to the herbs: Holy Basil, Chaga Mushrooms, Ginseng, Rhodiola, and Gynostemma. 

For the a PDF form "Plant adaptogens." Phytomedicine 1.1 (1994): 63-76. Click here for a Published Peer Review Article