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Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) FAQs
Have questions about Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) (Gynostemma)? We're not surprised. Despite centuries of enjoyment in many countries in Asia, most of the western world is unfamiliar with the herb called Jiaogulan (Gynostemma).
Below are some of the frequently asked questions.
What is Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) ?Jiaogulan (latin name: Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is a herb native to Southern China. It is technically part of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants which mean it is relative of the gourd or cucumber family.
Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 600 years and offers a host of health benefits described in more detail in another FAQ on this page. In general it is considerd in Chinese medicine to be an herbal tonic, i.e. an herb beneficial to the entire system.
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Traditional Herbalists recommend Jiaogulan as
a a tonic tea. A tonic is a tea that is considered beneficial to the
entire body. They also recommend it specifically for the 6 most common
chronic ailments; high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, high
cholesterol, arthritis and heart disease.
Modern research suggests four properties of Jiaogulan that make it beneficial.
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How should I prepare Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) tea?
Jiaogulan is a delicate tea. Be careful not to over
brew. You should need no more than 1/2 tsp. of our jiaogulan for an 8
oz. cup of tea. Keep the temperature between 140º F and 160º F. Brewing
tome should be between 2 and 5 minutes depending on how strong you like
My Jiaogulan tea tastes bitter. I thought you said it was sweet?
There are two varieties of Jiaogulan (Gynostemma), sweet and bitter. We only sell the sweet variety. However, if sweet jiaogulan is over brewed it takeson a bitter after taste. Please refer to our brewing page for full instructions on how to brew jiaogulan.
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Jiaogulan is an herb in the gourd family and is 100% naturally caffeine free.back to top »
I don't care for hot tea during warm weather. Can I prepare Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) as an iced tea?
Jiaogulan is a refreshing iced tea. Just prepare the tea as normal and then chill or try preparing it as a sun tea.back to top »
What is an adaptogen?
Russian scientist N. V. Lazarev coined the term adaptogen in 1947 to describe herbs that have "a normalizing action on various bodily functions regardless of the direction of the pathological condition." In other words, an adaptogen is an herb that helps the body self-regulate. If something is out of balance, either too much of something or too little of something, an adaptogen helps the body return to the ideal state.back to top »
How much Jiaogulan(Gynostemma) should I consume?
The simple answer is, "as much as you want". Most people experience no adverse side effects to jiiaogulan. We recommend 4 to 8 cups per day of tea. If taking jiaogulan in capsule form the recommendation is usually 2 to 6 capsules twice daily.back to top »
Are there any side effects from Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) ?
Nausea, sometimes described as serious, has been associated with taking gynostemma. Also reported is a possible increase in the number of bowel movements.
No other side effects have been reported consistently from using gynostemma. Since few reliable studies of its use have been conducted in humans, however, it may have side effects that are not yet known. Individuals who experience unexplained side effects while taking gynostemma should stop taking it and tell a doctor or pharmacist about the side effects. (Provided by Courtesy of Drug Digest)back to top »
Are there any drug interactions I should be concerned about?
What is the difference between loose leaf tea and tea bags?
Tea bags are a great way to brew tea there just a bad way to store tea. Crushing the leaves in order to force them into a tea bag during processing ruins the taste and greatly decreases shelf life. If you like brewing in bags, consider buying good quality natural fiber empty bags and loosely spoon your jiaogulan into the bag just before brewing.back to top »
Is it necessary to rinse Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) before brewing?
All teas are ruined if in contact with moisture between the times of harvest and brewing. So your tea arrives to you without ever having been washed. Our teas are cultivated organically and heated three separate times, effectively sterilizing any contaminates. Nonetheless, we recommend for our teas (and all teas) a rinse with the hot water before brewing. In our case it doesn't make a difference from a health perspective but you will notice the difference in the taste.back to top »
How long is Jiaogulan's average shelf-life?
If stored in a sealed container your Jiaogulan will keep for up to 1 year, but connoisseurs will notice a difference in taste. Best taste and health benefits are within 3 months of the harvest.back to top »
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