Wild Gynostemma, otherwise known as Jiaogulan in Chinese is revered as the anti-aging, longevity drink in China and Japan. It is also used as a virtual “cure-all”. In the 1970’s much research was done in China on the benefits of Gynostemma, so much that it drew the attention of Japanese scientists and doctors. When the Japanese arrived in China, they realized that many octogenarians were drinking Gynostemma. The researched not only it’s health-producing benefits, but also its longevity producing potential. By the 1980’s the Chinese and Japanese have mounted massive investigations into herb and it’s saponins.
The Japanese cultivated a sweet variety and then had it planted in China. Now, most typical Gynostemma is very sweet because of this. There is still Wild Gynostemma. Wild Gynostemma has very pleasant smooth bitterness with long sweet after taste, but its health benefits are superior to the farmed kind. When I first began sourcing Gynostemma I knew I had to find a wild kind to get the kind of Qi I was looking for.
The ultimate life giving qualities lies in its broad-spectrum adaptogenic quality. It has the ability to bring the body into balance under a wide range of stressful circumstances.
For many Chinese who are into a lifestyle that nurtures longevity and good health, they drink 1-2 cups per day of Wild Gynostemma. I personally love to drink it everyday. I am a martial artist and a practitioner of Qigong so I drink it to enhance my practices as it helps my body adapt to the stress I put on it with my exercises.
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