Organic Encapsulated Jiaogulan Leaf Powder
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The botanical Gynostemma pentaphyllum, known as Jiaogulan (pronounced jeeow-goo-lahn) , is a powerful adaptogen and antioxidant.
Like ginseng and other adaptogenic herbs, jiaogulan encourages body functions to normalize, strengthens the immune system, and supports the adrenal glands.
Unlike the slow-growing ginsengs, however, jiaogulan, a perennial vine, grows rapidly in warm climates with rich soil, up to two-and-a-half inches overnight. Its leaves contain active components that are used in Chinese folk medicine to treat lung ailments.
In their informative little book Jiaogulan, China's "Immortality" Herb (Torchlight Publishing, Inc. ,1999; ISBN 1-887089-16-0) , researcher Michael Blumert and Dr. Jialiu Liu introduce readers to this herb and its therapeutic properties. Dr. Liu is a Professor of Pathology at Guiyang Medical College (Guizhous Province, China) , a nationally-respected Western-style medical and research institution. He has led several studies investigating jiaogulan.
So far, researchers have found that Jiaogulan contains active saponins (gypenosides) that boost cardiac output, increasing blood supply and nourishment to body organs. These gypenosides also maintain blood pressure within a normal range. Jiaogulans gypenosides have an equally modulating effect on the central nervous system, calming irritated nerves and stimulating under active nerves.
The herb also modulates lymphocyte transformation, enhances lymphocyte activity, and inhibits tumor growth.
Two clinical studies found that gypenosides encourage the body to produce superoxide dismutase (SOD) , antioxidant enzyme that scavenges free radicals.
Animal toxicology tests found no sign of organ damage, cancer growth, chromosome mutation, or teratogenicity. Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino is the species used in most scientific studies, but other species have similar components and effects.