- History of Jiaogulan – The Immortality Herb
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History of Jiaogulan – The Immortality Herb
Even though Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) grows in a number of Asian countries, the earliest historical documentation of the herb comes from China, at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.
In 1406, the physician Zhu Xiao described and sketched Jiaogulan (pronounced “gee-ow-goo-lan”) in his book Materia Medica for Famine.
At the time however, he did not recognize Jiaogulan as a medicinal plant, only as a food and dietary supplement during times of food shortage or famine.
The earliest reference of using Jiaogulan as a medicine is found almost 2 centuries later, in 1578, in the classical book Compendium of Materia Medica by Li Shi-Zhen.
The renowned herbalist was able to identify some of Jiaogulan’s medicinal properties and stated that the plant could be applied in the treatment of tumors, trauma, edema and pain of the pharynx and neck, and hematuria.
Unfortunately, at the time Li Shi-Zen had mixed up Jiaogulan with an analogous herb called Wulianmei.
It wasn’t until 1848 that the two plants were clearly separated by Wu Qi-Jun in his book Textual Investigation of Herbal Plants, which also included additional information on Jiaogulan’s medicinal applications.
Although Jiaogulan had been used for hundreds of years as a folk herb and health tonic in the mountainous regions of southern China where it grows wild, it remained virtually unknown in the rest of the country and indeed to the world until the end of the 20th century.
Jiaogulan was not included in the standard pharmacopoeia of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), because the classical system had evolved in central China – far from the herb’s native south. Subsequently, TCM practitioners remained unfamiliar with the plant until relatively recent times.
The people of southern China were reported to have used Jiaogulan as an energizing tonic, drinking the tea in the morning to increase their strength and endurance, and in the evening to relieve fatigue and promote relaxation and quality sleep.
They recognized Jiaogulan as a rejuvenating general health elixir and took it to treat numerous conditions but especially common colds and other infectious diseases.
The folklore of the region spoke of inhabitants of villages in the Fanjing Mountain (Guizhou province) who were living to 100 years of age as a result of drinking ‘Xiancao’ or The Immortality Herb daily.
The locals are reported to have described Xiancao as being “like ginseng, but better than ginseng”.
In modern times, Jiaogulan was more or less independently ‘discovered’ in the early 1970’s, in both Japan and China.
Articles, Abstracts, Magazines, Reviews and Press about Fairy Herb, Southern Ginseng, Miracle Grass (all names for Jiaogulan)
Jiaogulan Articles at Looksmart
Jiaogulan – Shorts
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Gynostemma Pentaphyllum (Jiaogulan) – Live Plant- FREE SHIPPING
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is in growing demand as its benefits leak beyond the bounds of Chinese medicine into the western world. Gynostemma, known as Jiaogulan in Chinese medicine, has long been considered an “immortality herb” in the regions of Asia where it is native to, including Southwest China, Vietnam and Japan.
Gynostemma is also referred to as Southern Ginseng. Like ginseng, gynostemma is an esteemed adaptogen herb, meaning it a general counterbalance to stress and supports the general function of the body, including immune support, memory, stamina and endurance. Both ginseng and Jiaogulan share many of the same beneficial phytochemicals, although it greatly exceeds ginseng in the number of .saponins. Gynostemma is also high in amino acids, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese.
Gynostemma is used by some as an anti-aging supplement and as a general cure-all for both physical and mental ailments. Gynostemma is high in anti-oxidants, and tests have indicated it can have significant effects on inhibiting cancer cells. Additionally, gynostemma is believed to have detoxifying effects that can be beneficial to the liver and gastrointestinal system.
Gynostemma leaf has a sweet taste, and so it is commonly taken as a tea, but it also appears as an extract or tincture. Gynostemma is grown both as a medicinal plant and an ornamental. Like a cucumber, jiaogulan is a climbing vine. However, instead of large fruit, gynostemma only produces shiny black berries. Gynostemma is sensitive to direct sunlight and frost. Gynostemma plants do well in pots, meaning it can be brought in to avoid cold winters. Gynostemma plants can be reproduced by seeds or by separating and planting the runners. Plants are nice, established starter size plants in 4” pots with a shipping weight of 1.5lbs.
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Gynostemma pentaphyllum, Jiaogulan seeds
Gynostemma pentaphyllum belongs to the family of the Curcurbitaceae, the curcurbit family. G. pentaphyllum is native to China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. G. pentaphyllum is also known as Anti- aging plant and Jiaogulan. Jiaogulan grows as a perennial climbing plant that reaches a height of about 5 m. Sometimes the plant gets even higher. The Anti-aging plant needs something to entwind around. The leaves of the Jiaogulan are unpaired pinnate. The single leaflets are elliptic, simple with sometimes a serrate leaf edge. The leaflet at the end is a little bigger than the other ones. One pinnate leaf consists mostly of 5 leaflets. The leaves taste sweet and a little bit like licorice. The leaves can be eaten cooked like spinach or raw in a salad. In addition one can make a tea from the fresh or the dried leaves. It is said that the fresh leaves taste better. The flowers of the Jiaogulan are inconsiderable greenish, whitish or yellowish. They are clustered in inflorescences. The inflorescences hang down. G. pentaphyllum is diecious meaning that the female and male flowers are on different individuals. One needs always two plants for reproduction. The fruits are small, round and reach 8 mm in diameter. The green fruit gets deeply black when they are ripe. The effect of G. pentaphyllum was discovered by chance as people were searching for a new sweetening agent. In mountain villages one found an herb that the natives called the anti- aging plant. In those villages the people got indeed much older than in other regions nearby. Some of them reached ages around 100. An analysis of the ingredients was done and researches found out that the plant contains a lot of saponines. Those substances were already known from the ginseng. The anti- aging plant has just like the ginseng a calming effect. It helps stressed people and reduces sleeping disorder and high blood pressure. In addition it is able to lower the sugar level in the blood. In the traditionally Chinese medicine G. pentaphyllum is known for a long time. For our medicine the plant is new and much research is done all around it. The list of possibilities to use it in medicine is very long.
The seeds of the anti- aging plant should be put into warm water 24h before planting. After that they can be planted 0,5 cm deep into the substrate. At a temperature of about 20°C and constantly moist substrate germination occurs after 4 weeks. G. pentaphyllum is winter hardy down to minus 18°C. In winter all plant parts growing above the soil die. The plant regenerates in spring. As a room plant G. pentaphyllum is evergreen.
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Gynostemma pentaphyllum JIAOGULAN / MIRACLE GRASS (10 seeds)
Miracle grass, tea of immortality called also Jiaogulan is a perennial of the family Cucurbitaceae.
It is a fast-growing creeping plant known for a very long time in Asia.
Its flowers are very small white.
Jiaogulan fruits are small green balls then black at maturity.
Miracle grass resists very well to the cold, it remains dormant during the winter and leaves again in the spring.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is used in traditional Chinese medicine and as a sweetener in Japan such as aztec sugar or Sweetleaf.
It is said that those who drink Jiaogulan regularly infused have an above-average life expectancy.
Substances similar to ginseng are also found in jiaogulan.
This is why it is also called tea of immortality.
By its slightly sweet taste, the Japanese made a sweet tea called Amachazuru.
Jiaogulan has many medicinal properties, it rejuvenates cells, it is a powerful antioxidant just like wolfberry or dragon fruit, it is a cardiac tonic and effectively fight against excess cholesterol.
In Japan, Jiaogulan is consumed in the same way as ginseng (Panax quiquefolius) it would have the same properties but apparently much more effective.
Fresh or dried leaves are used as an infusion or added to tea.
Eating some plant leaves of immortality gives a feeling of strength.
Cultivation and sowing Jiaogulan seeds:
Begin by stratifying the seeds of Gynostemma pentaphyllum, either naturally leaving them outside in the winter, or artificially by leaving them 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Next, prepare a box of fine potting soil, sow the seeds and then cover the seeds with one or two millimeters of fine potting soil.
Water with a sprayer then leave your seed box in a place at a temperature close to 25 ° C.
Germination of Miracle grass seeds takes about 2 to 4 weeks.
– Creeping plant extraordinary.
– Possesses a multitude of medicinal properties.
– Very decorative foliage.
– Fast and lively growth.
Do not consume without medical advice.
Also exists as a live plant for your garden.
Asian plant seeds to grow in pots, flower pots or directly in the ground.