The Wild Gynostemma Pentaphyllum plant, 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. They researched not only its 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.
Gynostemma has been likened to ginseng because of their similar health properties, but Gynostemma has proven to be stronger and offer more benefits. The mountainous region of Guizhou, where Gynostemma is historically linked, is famous for its sheer number of citizens who have lived past the age of 100. It seems like there may be a connection between their long life and the daily consumption Gynostemma. There were also very low incidences of Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
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.
Gynostemma is, what’s known as, an adaptogenic herb. An adaptogen is something that helps bring the whole body back into balance. This herb boosts white blood cells that fight cancer, it increases the immune system, and it boosts and balances the metabolism. Basically it helps bring center and balance to the body as it ages. It also increases strength and stamina and protects the body and mind against stress, either mental or physical.
Gynostemma has the largest amount of saponins in any natural plant. The saponins in Gynostemma are called “gypenosides. Saponins are what gives this powerful herb it’s ability as an adaptogen.
For many Chinese people 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.
This tea is a favorite, with its health benefits and lovely sweet tones. The liquid will be a light green color, depending on how long you brew your tea. The flavor will change several times in your mouth, going from bitter to sweet, and leaving a refreshingly cool, sweet aftertaste. The Wild Tea Qi Gynostemma is hand-gathered from the rugged Guangxi forests. It has been used by locals for generations and is credited with contributing to the longevity of their lives.
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